New Executive Director

By Ann DellaValle on 2/10/2017

Girls on the Run Charlotte is proud to announce that Carrie Hanson will serve as the new executive director.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that teaches life skills to girls in 3rd through 8th grade, inspiring girls to recognize their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams. The national program was founded in Charlotte 20 years ago and now impacts the lives of over 4,000 girls annually in the Charlotte area.

Hanson previously led the marketing department of Girls on the Run International as the vice president of marketing and communications, is a seasoned Girls on the Run coach and served as the Girls on the Run Charlotte advisory board chair. Prior to her involvement with GOTR, Hanson spent 19 years at Bank of America in various leadership positions.

“I am excited to focus my efforts on building relationships in the Charlotte area and expand our programming to serve all girls,” Hanson said. “I am committed to building the community support that will enable any girl to participate in this transformational program, regardless of financial circumstance.”

Elizabeth Wian, former executive director of Girls on the Run Charlotte will be taking on a new role as the director of development for Girls on the Run International, focusing on cultivating national partnerships for Girls on the Run International and the 223 councils they support.

The Girls on the Run programs help girls develop key life skills including building their confidence, responding to oneself and others with care and creating positive connections with peers and adults. Each 10-week fall and spring program culminates with a celebratory 5K event to celebrate the girls’ growth during the season and gives them a tangible sense of setting and accomplishing a goal.

To learn more about Girls on the Run Charlotte, donate or volunteer, visit

Girls on the Run Charlotte
801 E. Morehead Street
Suite 201
Charlotte, NC 28202

(704) 837-0088