Inspiring Speaker

Embrace risk; Pursue the unexpected; View problems as opportunity paths

Nancy M. Schlichting can tell you many things worth knowing, many stories worth hearing.

Nancy knows what it takes to lead. She is uniquely qualified to describe how pursuit of the unexpected can turn anticipated failure into success – because she’s done it. When she talks of her affinity for “big, sticky, complex problems,” her explanations offer proven guidance for creating positive change – because she’s solved them. When she speaks about “bucking tradition” as a lens for more clearly seeing the solutions to tough challenges, she does it with the authority of someone telling her own story.

Audiences leave inspired to:

  • Confront challenges with bravery and confidence
  • Consider their biggest obstacles as their greatest opportunities
  • Not be afraid to think differently and be the one to create the change needed to succeed
Nancy isn’t the typical leader of a $5 billion organization and she’s not a typical speaker. She believes the essence of running an organization is developing a culture that allows everyone to reach his or her potential and her message to her audiences is the same; how can each of us as leaders overcome barriers to unleash our full potential. Unusual, unconventional, truly inspirational.
– Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation.

Previous engagements:

In her career Nancy has made hundreds of speeches and presentations to universities, including: Harvard, The University of Michigan, Cornell, and The Ohio State University, Duke University Alumni Association; the government, including the White House, Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; business leaders at the Detroit Economic Club, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Modern Healthcare – Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference, World Economic Forum, chambers of commerce and TEDx Talks; and commencement ceremonies at Central Michigan University, The University of Michigan-Dearborn and Walsh College, to name a few.

  • Strategy
  • Business
  • Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Women and Leadership
  • Health Care


Seasoned and aspiring leaders across industries and sectors