DeGroote School of Business

Nancy Watt

President, Nancy Watt Communications

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Rated in the top five Leadership Workshops at Microsoft’s INPSIRE global conference for four years, Communication Specialist for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and an international speaker, facilitator and improviser, Nancy Watt delivers powerfully creative and memorable sessions.

Her speaking engagements and workshops have been delivered extensively throughout the tech, education, government, business, and healthcare sectors. She’s delivered to academic institutions, and Engineering and Science departments at Harvard University, Princeton, MIT, Rutgers, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Caltech, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and McMaster University. Her work is referenced in academic papers for pedagogical experiential learning and a psychology journal outlining a pilot experiment lowering social anxiety disorder amongst at-risk youth in Hamilton, Ontario.

Her ‘Pracademic’ approach applies evidence-based research with experiential learning using the tools and techniques of improvisational theatre. Her workshops on communication, leadership and collaboration directly impacts any organization that needs to deal with adaptability, mental agility and foster innovative teams.

Nancy harnesses humor and uses the currency of comedy as a learning modality; this facilitation tactic builds connection and community and has given her a reputable voice in the Future of Work, Adaptability, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Clients include, AAAS, Microsoft’s New England Research & Development (NERD), American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, Deep Foundation Institute, Women in Technology, Women in Cloud, WISE, Society of Women Engineers, and others.

She’s from Second City’s Improv Conservatory and Sketch Writing Programs in Toronto and Chicago. She has a B.A. in Psychology/Sociology, Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, an Applied Improv Practitioner, and a graduate of Cornell’s Executive Program in Diversity & Inclusion.  In addition to EQi 2.0, she was in the first graduating cohort of AQ, Adaptability Quotient from AQai.

Nancy delivers the program, H.A.P.P.I.E., How to Apply Positive Psychology Improv Exercises.