Nancy Tennant is the Corporate Vice President for Innovation and Margin Realization for Whirlpool Corporation, reporting to the Chairman and CEO. In this capacity, she is responsible for creating and implementing enterprise strategies that facilitate innovation; leveraged learning; competitive knowledge and margin optimization. She leads Whirlpool’s innovation practice, transforming Whirlpool into an innovation powerhouse and benchmark, starting in 1999, resulting in top innovation ratings and acclaim from publications such as Fast Company and Fortune and billions in new revenue for Whirlpool. She is one of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in transforming businesses and non-profit environments to achieve innovation from everyone and everywhere. Businessweek named Nancy one of the 25 Innovation Champions (IN25) in the world.
As an adjunct faculty member of both the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Nancy teaches innovation and organization change. She is the author of numerous articles and the co-author of three best selling books: Unleashing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed an Industry (Jossey-Bass, Wiley, 2008), Strategic Innovation: Embedding Innovation as a Core Competency in Your Organization (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and Mastering Virtual Teams (Jossey-Bass, 2006). She is a frequent public speaker on the topic of innovation and organization change to audiences around the world. Nancy holds a doctorate in organizational behavior from The George Washington University. She is the President of the First Tee Board of Directors of Benton Harbor, a non-profit organization that offers character development and life skills to youth-at-risk through golf.