Nancy Murphy

Helping change leaders realize their vision with less isolation, frustration, and resistance.

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Nancy’s Story


Nancy’s spent her career saying what others are afraid to – and learning to say it in ways that others will listen.

She’s the founder and president of CSR Communications and creator of Intrapreneurs Influence Lab. Her passion is helping leaders of change within established organizations (intrapreneurs) influence and persuade others so that they can realize their vision for change faster, with less frustration and resistance.

From challenging stereotypes of girls in her Catholic school more than 40 years ago, to her first job after college convincing nonprofits to engage youth volunteers, or her role as board chair of a global nonprofit transforming the way we do international development…

…She’s experienced the challenges of leading big change within established organizations.

And she’s willing to share all the mistakes she made – and all the solutions she discovered – so that you don’t have to learn them the hard way.

Nancy’s worked in philanthropy for Steve and Jean Case’s family foundation, as a federal government program officer with the Corporation for National & Community Service, and as a global consultant for APCO Worldwide, where she designed and implemented sustainability, community engagement and philanthropic strategies for companies such as UPS and Johnson Controls, and nonprofit organizations including W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation. Nancy mentors and advises executives from local governments, federal agencies, global nonprofits, foundations and Fortune 100 companies.

As a trainer and speaker, Nancy has shared her expertise from Kuala Lumpur to Kansas City and London to Las Vegas. She holds a master’s degree in public affairs from University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, a master’s in health communication from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from University of Dayton.

Listen to my podcast interviews

I’ve been a guest on dozens of podcasts, and counting.
Click on a podcast below to listen, stream a playlist, or click the green button for more:

She’s Invincible

SocialEx Podcast

Change Management Review pooodcast

Change Management Review

The Leadership Window Podcast with Dr. Patrick Jinks

The Leadership Window

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Board Chair Peer Network

Communication Tools to Improve Meetings and Navigate Uncomfortable Conversations

July 21, 2022


Raising the Bar Conference

Change Fatigue Will Become Change Revolt Unless Leaders Do This

September 13, 2022


Previous Speaking Engagements

Why Nonprofit Leaders Need to Operate More Like Indiana Jones

March 25, 2022

National Head Start Association logo

Change Reaction:

How Head Start leaders can stop change fatigue from becoming change revolt

May 2, 2022

Agile Planning: Smooth Sailing for Turbulent Times

April 21, 2021

Agile Planning:

The Key to Smooth Sailing in Turbulent Times
March 26, 2021

Bridging the Gap Between Board and Staff

March 3, 2021

Crisis as Catalyst: A Conversation To Reimagine What's Next

October 16, 2020

Mind Your Business:

Business Lessons Learned During a Crisis – Moving Forward

September 22, 2020

Reimagining Philanthropy & Civil Society Initiatives

August 6, 2020

Crisis Clarity:

Strategy Quick Start 3-2-1

May 7, 2020

Want Trust?

Start with Effective Communication

July 1, 2019

Strategic Planning Workshop

Learn more here.

February 11, 2019

Why Some Organizations Almost Always Succeed with Partnerships

May 1, 2018


How to Channel your Leadership and Influence for Change

November 14, 2017

Corporate Social Responsibility Council Meeting

June 13, 2017

Authenticity: The Marriage Of Profits & Meaning


Be an Intrapreneur: Leadership and Influence for Change


Suggested Topics


  • Becoming a Credible Leader of Change
  • Three Types of Resistance to Change and How to Overcome Them
  • Three Things Every Successful Intrapreneur Needs
  • How to Lead Change That Sticks Versus Change That Stalls

Suggested Questions


  • What is intrapreneurship and how is it different from entrepreneurship?
  • Why do you focus your work on intrapreneurs?
  • What common mistakes do most intrapreneurs make and what can they do to avoid them?
  • What can leaders do to overcome resistance to change?
  • Why do you say people leading change within organizations need to operate more like Indiana Jones?

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