Bold Women, Rave Reviews & Client Successes

Hillary Clinton and Bay Area Co-founder & CEO of WAKE, Trish Tierney (far right) at the Clinton Global Initiative

TRISH TIERNEY, E.D. of Women's Alliance for Knowledge Exchange

Nan was a true partner in helping me develop my story in ways that brought partners and significant funding on board. 

"The pinnacle of our work together was my participation in the Clinton Global Initiative. We didn’t have funding yet, potential partners were in the audience, and Chelsea Clinton was going to highlight our WeTech project.

I had 1½ minutes to talk from the floor and make it happen. I was nervous. I took a breath and remembered how Nan helped me hone the content and connect to the confidence I needed.  It all landed. 

Four months later, I was on stage with Hillary Clinton. We had raised $4 million." 

ANNIE LEoNaRD, AUthor, Filmmaker & E.D. of GREENPEACE USA

Author of animated documentaries:The Story of StuffThe Story of Cap and Trade, and The Story of Bottled Water.

The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between environmental and social issues. The film and the book are a call to arms to create a more sustainable and just world!

When the book was coming out, Annie worked with Nan to prepare for her appearance on The Colbert Report

"'I wanted to do anything else but appear on The Colbert Report. Nan looked me straight in the eye and said 'You can do this. I'll be in your corner'. She prepared me and gave me the tools to succeed!"

Watch Annie on The Colbert Report

Watermark Bay Area Executive Speaking & Coaching client Marlene Williamson

marlene williamson, board director & c.e.o. of watermark

I enjoy public speaking and have a lot of experience but with support from a pro like Nan you can hit it out of the park.

She prepared me to address almost 7,000 attendees at the Watermark Conference for Women. Nan’s help in framing the content and fine-tuning my delivery were behind the positive feedback I got. So many people told me how inspiring I was.

Public speaking is like any skill, you need to practice and take lessons. Nan is a great coach. My advice: put yourself in the hands of this pro.

Bay area client Executive Speaking & Coaching program client Rita Lee

rita lee, director of research & vice president of brouwer janachowski

“Finance is dry, very dry,” notes Rita Lee of Brouwer Janachowski, a boutique financial advisory firm. “I do quite a bit of speaking but have never felt at ease with public speaking. My goal working with Nan was to change that. We totally succeeded.

Today I’m a story teller, I know how to draw in my audience. The content is still finance, I’m still talking about what to buy and what to sell but now I know when to pause, what stories to weave in, how to emphasize my message with body language. When I get on stage I feel good. People really hear what I say.

Nan has become my partner. She really knows her stuff. She asks me questions that pinpoint my needs before I even tell her.  The investment of time has been invaluable. Whether I’m speaking to hundreds of people at industry conferences or small groups of girls I mentor, Nan has helped me nail it. And, now I actually enjoy it. 

Bay area client Executive Speaking & Coaching program client Lynne Twist

lynnE twist, visionary & founder of The Soul of Money Institute

“Working with Nan was really powerful. It was wonderful to connect with her skill and her love for her work, and her knowing what really works. Nan’s knowledge that love is the key to connecting with our audience, helped me feel connected. I am so grateful to her.”

gloria feldt, author & activist

A leading women’s activist, author and speaker on leadership, politics, reproductive and public health and media, Gloria appears on major national radio and TV programs.

It was so useful to have the opportunity to download what had been swirling in my mind for this presentation. It’s very calming.

Nan is extraordinarily skilled at getting the heart of the question.  I don’t need to worry. I feel very confident.

Bay area client Executive Speaking & Coaching program client Eve Blossom

eve blossom, social entrepreneur & author

“Nan is an amazing woman. She is passionate about her work and her guidance allows the best of who you are and the best of what you do to shine through. After working with Nan, I received my first of many standing ovations!” 

Client Executive Speaking & Coaching program client

neema namadamu, advocate for peace, activist & founder of the Maman Shujaa Media Center in Congo

When Nan and Neema Namadamu met for the first time, Neema was about to appear on CNN,  and present to the State Department, but she had never given a speech in English. Neema runs a non-profit group in the Congo helping women and girls access health care, clean water, education and equal rights.

"In the short time I had with Nan, I learned how to craft and communicate my passion. Since then I have spoken at events around the world, from Women in the World to UNESCO.

Nan is incredibly encouraging and clear. When she talks, her movements and expressions convey her words. I became confident. I no longer felt limited by my English. Nan led me to choosing words that were familiar but powerful. And to deliver them with my eyes, my face, my hands, all of me. Nan helped me become an engaging speaker in English. She has the gift to help everyone".

Kim-Hien Nguyen, Engineer

Kim-Hien contacted Nan to help her with her speaking skills, her confidence on stage, and in particular to prepare for a technical presentation to a large high-ranking engineering group.

Kim-Hien speaker training bay area presentation skills

“I felt that I had so much work to do to be a confident speaker.... and we had time for just one session before my first presentation. I was worried I couldn’t pull it off. Little did I know that the "working brief case" Nan had given me was full of simple gifts of great strategies. My mind was subconsciously weaving all those coaching strategies into the presentation. Every time fear knocked on my door I heard Nan’s voice reaffirming - that I have what it takes to overcome my fears. I stepped off stage knowing the energy in the room was strong, participants were curious and engaged. I could see their heads nodding as I moved though the presentation. They asked thoughtful questions. They wanted more product information. They complimented me on the story I was able to weave.

Before I met Nan I did not think that I could make an engineering topic delicious, and enticing. I did not know how to connect with an audience around a great idea. Now I know it can be done and better I know how to do it.

Anna nixon, robotics expert & high school senior

Imagine yourself, 11th grade, standing in front of 10,000 people in a Las Vegas Conference Hall. That was how Anna Nixon was putting the lessons Nan taught her into practice. Autodesk, impressed by Anna's work, invited her to speak at XSummit, their annual Design and Experience Conference.

Anna speaking at    Autodesk University Conference 2016

Anna speaking at

Autodesk University Conference 2016

“The closest experience I had to XSummit, was high school debate club where we presented to maybe 10 people. And I didn’t feel I was very good at it! Daunting doesn’t even close to what I was thinking when Nan took me in hand.  

Once we’d finished my speech was clear, to the point, conversational and easy to follow. She taught me a strategy – to tag each paragraph with a key word identifying its purpose and the impact I want to have. Super effective. She helped me to vary my tone and modulate my voice. So impactful.  People now say, you looked so comfortable on stage – but I wasn’t necessarily comfortable.

After XSummit, I was invited to Autodesk University Conference as part of the CEO's keynote in front of 10,000 people, on a huge stage. I focused on what Nan had taught me. And I did really well. From there I was invited to speak at a conference organized by Audi in Germany !

Nan is my speech mentor. I feel her at my shoulder every time I give a speech. I try to share what she taught. This summer I coached our intern group to give an awesome presentation to company executives.What Nan and I achieved together comes to me every time I stand up to speak.

View video of Anna's TEDx speech.



•    Nan worked with the youngest partner in a leading consulting firm to help him become more confident and assert more of his initiatives internally. She helped him build relationships with CEOs of major foundations and President Obama’s Secretary of Education. 

•    Engaged by a technology industry leader to coach a team on communications, relationship building and leadership skills. Within a year all team members had been promoted.

•    Coached two VPs for a major Entertainment Industry client, on how to increase their presence and influence at high-stakes meetings with the CEO and divisional presidents. Following the engagement, both were promoted to Executive Vice President positions for their divisions. 

•    Coached the founder of a social venture for a prestigious TED talk. Nan elicited pivotal stories and co-wrote the speech. Following the speech, one of the conference organizers said, “You’ve raised the bar for TED talks.”  Nan has since coached numerous presenters for TEDx talks.

•    Nan has coached women leaders from Columbia, Bolivia, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Philippines, Tibet, Uganda and the U.S. to present at the State Department and The Clinton Global Initiative.

•    Coached several executive directors of non-profit organizations to build stronger staff relationships, lead high-impact conversations with Boards of Directors, and prepare for funding pitches that have raised millions of dollars.