Q&A: What are your obsessions outside of interactive?

Laughter. Music. Theater. Social justice. Family Equality. Good books. Good friends. My little family. And breathing.

Nancy's guided by a few simple, but telling, mottos: think strategically, act thoughtfully, and be a good human. 

Nancy Lyons is a CEO, entrepreneur, and all around good human who speaks about the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurialism, technology, and people. Through her candid writing and speaking, she explores the many facets of life at work and champions human-centered approaches to business. Seeing work and the culture of work as the next economic frontier, she pushes the progressive boundaries of how we think about professional and personal lives.

Nancy has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. She is co-author of “Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process” (New Riders, 2012) and author of the upcoming book, “How to Succeed at Business by Being Nice to Humans.”

She serves as the Chair of the National Board of Directors at The Family Equality Council, is on the Board of Trustees at Minnesota Public Radio, is on the Open Twin Cities Advisory Board, and is a member of the advisory board for the innovative entrepreneurial conference, Giant Steps. She is also a member of the Women’s Presidents Organization and the Minnesota Women’s Economic Round Table.


  • Most Admired CEO, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Upper Midwest Finalist
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Diversity in Business
  • Finance & Commerce’s Progress Minnesota
  • Minnesota Business Magazine’s Community Impact award finalist
  • Business Owner of the Year from NAWBO-MN (National Association for Women Business Owners — Minnesota Chapter)
  • Panelist at the inaugural White House Summit for Working Families in Washington, D.C.
  • Featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams as Best Place to Work in America


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