“The future is not someplace we are going, but one we are creating.”

John Schaar

Nancy works with clients to increase their capacity to manage complexity. 

For more than 30 years  she’s been interested in how leaders learn and mature, how they build personal capacity and professional competence, and how they change and adapt—particularly as their roles become increasingly complex and ambiguous. An academic and professional background in both business and developmental psychology reinforces this on-going fascination and forms a foundation for understanding leadership challenges and human behavior.

Professional Background

Nancy has held a variety of executive and consulting roles in leadership and organization development. As the Vice President of Leadership and OD for Waldron she led a team of executive coaches and consultants, providing strategic direction for the firm and accelerating revenue growth and profitability. She’s been a senior consultant in Tom Peters Company, an executive consultant and director of quality for Zenger-Miller (currently AchieveGlobal), and an internal leadership consultant for Microsoft.

Nancy’s clients are typically senior leaders in organizations that range from large domestic and global enterprises in both commercial and non-profit arenas to privately held technology and bio-tech firms in the Pacific Northwest. What they all grapple with are the challenges of growth and the frenetic pace of change within complex, high-engagement, high-stakes environments.

Most relevant to her focus on leadership capacity building, Nancy led the design and facilitation teams for executive leadership development programs at Microsoft, Starbucks, REI, PATH, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Nancy holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Oberlin College, an MBA from Northwestern University, and a Masters in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, (a college of Saybrook University). She is certified and experienced in the following methods and assessments, among others:

  • Certified Professional Coach, (CTI - Coach Training Institute)

  • The Leadership Circle 360° Assessment, (The Circle Group)

  • The Global Leadership Profile, (Global Leadership Associates)

  • Leadership Development Profile, (Harthill Associates)

  • Immunity to Change, (Minds at Work, Robert Kegan, Harvard University)

  • Process Work, Advanced Facilitation Skills, (Process Institute)

  • Personal Directions Inventory, (Management Research Group)

  • The Leadership Challenge, and the Leadership Practices Inventory, (Jim Kouzes, Barry Posner)

  • Whole Systems Change methodologies – e.g. Future Search, Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, World Cafe

  • Integral Theory, (Antioch University; Integral Institute, Ken Wilber)

  • Polarity Management, (Barry Johnson)

  • Maturity Assessment Profile, (Suzanne Cook-Grueter)


Principles that inspire the work of Nancy Winship Consulting are:


"Integrity" is wholeness. Character builds competence and competence in turn builds character. It is this oscillation and integration that creates the virtuous spiral of growth; who you are determines what you do and vice versa.


To attune to another is to bring into harmony, to cooperate, and synthesize. The relationships between Nancy and her clients are as important as the results obtained together. Her work style goes beyond just the intention to partner with clients, but actively depends on clients to co-create the process for what they accomplish together.


Nancy promotes growth, not merely change. She affirms strengths to leverage, provides clear, direct, and compassionate feedback about limiting behaviors and mindsets, and challenges and supports clients to risk what is necessary for growth. She brings leading-edge thinking and methods in vertical development, along with a genuine appreciation for the health and wholeness of each person, each team, and each organization.