January 23. 2018 3:50PM

Kelly A. Trudel • 39 • Hudson

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Do more listening than talking. I find this to be true in so many settings, but it was particularly important when starting out.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I love coaching youth team sports. To me the important part of a sport is the team environment that children are exposed to. As a coach, I enforce high-fives, cheering from the bench and encouragement of teammates. I am a very vocal coach, but my volume is focused on recognizing the kids’ efforts and increasing their comfort level in the sport. Watching a kiddo skip down the court after nailing a shot is all the motivation I need.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Out of college I worked in downtown Boston. As a young female in a big city, I learned that you need to advocate for yourself. Ask for more, seek opportunities and make yourself known as a professional who is driven. Do good work and you will be rewarded. Some fly up the totem pole quickly, but it can balance out so stay the course.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

I love the outdoors and all the options New Hampshire has to offer. If more young professionals experienced the lakes in the summer or the incredible ski slopes in the winter, they may be more motivated to look outside of Massachusetts for career growth.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

I hope this year brings more growth personally, professionally and as a mom.

What was your last major achievement?

I find so much satisfaction when I meet the firm’s clients and learn about their business, their incredible workforce, their mission. We just completed another year of client service interviews. This means the firm president and I travel to the client, discuss their experience with Sheehan Phinney, tour the client facility and learn what is going on in their world. Through this process I have met dozens of unique companies and the wonderful people who contribute to their business success. I find these meetings professionally and personally rewarding.

Volunteer activities: Much of my volunteer efforts involve children and athletics. I love coaching CYO basketball. Lately I have become involved with the Special Olympics. Most recently organizing a team for the Polar Plunge on Feb. 4.