Dr. Nancy Tennant is a practitioner, professor, consultant, and best-selling author in innovation, leadership, and organization change. She offers a unique blend of theory and practice in her courses and workshops. She is one of the world's leading pioneers and experts in transforming companies by creating and implementing enterprise strategies that facilitate leadership and innovation. She is the CEO of Innovation Universe®. Businessweek named Dr. Tennant one of the 25 Innovation Champions in the world. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she is co-developing an innovative Leadership Studio MBA course that teaches leadership agility throughout career transitions. She is also an instructor at The University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, where she co-founded the top-rated Certified Innovation Mentor and I-Mentor Boot Camp Programs. She is a frequent public speaker to "C" level audiences around the world including Dubai's Innovation Forum, Copenhagen Innovation Roundtable, Hamburg’s DRDS Design Research & Design Strategy Conference, Brazil's ANPEI, Kuwait’s Innovation Universe Workshop, London's Financial Times Workshops, Harvard University, Penn State University, Wharton School of Business, and NASA.
Dr. Tennant is the Vice President Emerita, Innovation and Leadership, at Whirlpool Corporation. At Whirlpool she reported to two Chairmen and CEOs for over 20 years, where she helped transform Whirlpool to achieve innovation from everywhere and everyone.
Her most recent book, Transform Your Company for the Innovation Universe: FRAME | GENERATE | EMBED | LEAD, (Moonfish Press, 2019), is equal part thesis, practicum, and memoir informed by her decades of learning and teaching innovation within companies. Her previous publications include the best-selling Unleashing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed An Industry, Snyder, Nancy Tennant and Duarte, D.L., 2008, Jossey-Bass/Wiley; The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company, Hamel, Gary and Tennant, Nancy, 2015, Harvard Business Review; Strategic Innovation: Embedding Innovation as a Core Competency In Your Organization, Snyder, Nancy Tennant and Duarte, D.L, 2003, Jossey-Bass/Wiley: and the best-selling Mastering Virtual Teams: Strategies, Tools, and Techniques that Succeed, Duarte, D.L. and Snyder, Nancy Tennant, 1999 & 2006, Jossey-Bass/Wiley.
Nancy earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in industrial relations from West Virginia University, respectively. She earned a doctorate in organizational behavior/human resource development from the George Washington University with her dissertation, "Global Integrating Mechanisms and Global Dominant Logic: Managers' Perceptions of Global Integration."
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Nancy is the President Emerita and Board Member of The First Tee of Benton Harbor, a non-profit organization that uses golf to teach character development and life skills to at-risk youth. In honor of her contributions to The First Tee of Benton Harbor, The First Tee hosts the annual Nancy Tennant Golf & Leadership Academy for the Great Lakes. She is an artist, writer, poet, and aspiring swimmer and ukulele player.
Duarte, D.L. and Snyder, Nancy Tennant, Chaotic Role Movement in Large Organizations: From Planning to Dynamic Management, in The Pressing Problems for Modern Organizations, Quinn, O’Neal, and St. Clair, Eds. 1999, Jossey-Bass.
Quinn, R.E. and Snyder, Nancy Tennant, Advanced Change Theory: Culture Change at Whirlpool Corporation, in The Leader’s Change Handbook, Conger, Spreitzer & Lawler, Eds. 1999; Jossey-Bass.
Marquardt, M. and Snyder, Nancy Tennant, Integrators and Mindset in Global Companies, 1997, International Journal for Training and Education.
Duarte, D.L. and Snyder, Nancy Tennant, Facilitating Global Organizational Learning in Product Development at Whirlpool Corporation, 1997, Journal of Product Innovation.