Nancy Lyons

CEO, Clockwork


Nancy is an outspoken advocate for making work better. More inclusive, flexible, and adaptable. No one does great work if they’re worried or if they can’t bring their whole self to work. And she learned this the hard way: by having terrible jobs and not fitting in. Things many of us can relate to. But how do we create workspaces like that?

It’s on us: leaders, employees, teams. People. We all have to take responsibility for creating cultures and spaces that actually work for humans, with all their complexities, nuances, and intricacies. And in doing so, we will make better products, better experiences, and have better work lives.

Are you ready for a work revolution? She is.

Her first book was Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process, a human-centered approach to producing digital products. Her current book, Work Like a Boss: A kick-in-the-pants Guide to Finding (and Using) your Power at Work, is the little book everyone needs to remember the actions, attitudes, and attributes that will make work better, for individuals and everyone around them.

Nancy is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including:

  • 100 People to Know from Twin Cities Business
  • 101 most influential people in the world of work, management, and career from Ladder magazine
  • Most Admired CEO from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Business Owner of the Year from National Association for Women Business Owners.
  • She was a panelist at the inaugural White House Summit for Working Families in Washington, DC
  • She was featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt in the segment titled “Best Place to Work in America.”