About Nancy M. Williams, Motivational Speaker

Nancy M. Williams is a motivational speaker on “Claiming Your Passion,” an amateur concert pianist who performs despite hearing loss, and an award-winning creative nonfiction writer.


Nancy M. Williams is a motivational speaker on “Claiming Your Passion,” the Founding Editor and Publisher of the online magazine, Grand Piano Passion™, and an award-winning creative nonfiction writer. An amateur concert pianist, she debuted in a master-class recital at Carnegie Hall in 2012. As a person with hearing loss, she serves on the board of the Hearing Health Foundation, a national research organization seeking a biological cure for hearing loss.

Her desire to help others claim their passions, her personal passion for classical piano music, and her advocacy for hearing health form the core of her work.

Nancy delivers motivational talks on developing leadership through passion, claiming passion despite hearing loss, and studying the piano for the love of it. Her well-regarded online magazine, Grand Piano Passion™ is for, by, and about piano students of all ages and also celebrates musicians with hearing loss. She is the recipient of the 2009 Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction for her essay, “Deserting the Piano.”

Nancy’s first career was in strategic management consulting and marketing. As a marketing director for Virgin Mobile USA, she led the ecommerce group; at AT&T, she worked in product management and development. Prior to business school, she served on strategic management consulting teams at Marakon Associates and the Boston Consulting Group.

Nancy holds a B.A. from Stanford in Quantitative Economics (Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (with distinction).