Nancy Lyons

Think strategically, act thoughtfully, be a good human.

Nancy works at the intersection of technology, community, and people. As a leader and technologist, she creates solutions that further community and business goals by meeting the needs of individuals. Her guiding philosophy is that a human-centered approach to technology is the only way to get results that make a difference. Problem solving is about empowerment: motivated people create good products. Nancy supports clients and teams by fostering a collaborative, idea-driven culture that nurtures creativity and brainpower.

Nancy speaks extensively about work culture, social media, technology, and leadership and has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. She's co-author of Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process (New Riders, 2012), serves as the Vice Chair on the National Board of Directors at The Family Equality Council, is on the Board of Trustees at Minnesota Public Radio, and is a member of the advisory board for the innovative entrepreneurial conference, Giant Steps.

Under Nancy’s leadership, Clockwork has received more than 16 “Best Workplace" awards. Clockwork has also won the Psychologically Healthy Workplace, Best Women Owned Business, and Bicycle Friendly Business awards. Independently, Nancy received the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Diversity in Business and Finance & Commerce’s Progress Minnesota awards, was a finalist for Minnesota Business Magazine’s Community Impact award, and was named Business Owner of the Year from NAWBO-MN (National Association for Women Business Owners — Minnesota Chapter). In June of 2014 Nancy spoke on the structure of the workplace at the inaugural White House Summit for Working Families in Washington, DC.


Where Values Lead, Good People Follow

February 8, 2016 | 9:00 AM

Values are one of the most important ingredients in an organization’s business and yet they’re frequently underdeveloped and underused. When centralized and institutionalized, they can be forceful drivers of revenue, retention, and reputation. When done right, they can shape every department and process, from business development to HR.

In this talk, Nancy discusses why organizational values should be elevated, how to integrate them into the operational side of business, and when to use them as decision checkpoints.