Nancy Deviney
After a 40-year career with IBM, Nancy DeViney ’75 launched an encore career as an executive coach, with a focus on the advancement of women in leadership roles.
Nancy DeViney '75: Driving collaborative strategies and innovation at IBM
May 05, 2019

After a 40-year career with IBM, Nancy DeViney ’75 launched an encore career as an executive coach, with a focus on the advancement of women in leadership roles. Today, she is President of Nancy DeViney, LLC.

Knowing that women continue to be underrepresented in all levels of leadership – especially in senior leadership roles – DeViney set out to help women leaders embrace feedback, experiment with various leadership styles, enhance their leadership presence, and pursue opportunities outside their comfort zone.

"Great leaders know how to inspire and engage others to get them on board in pursuing a shared vision and goals."

Throughout her IBM career, she held several global leadership roles including VP of Strategy & Solutions (Sales & Distribution), VP of Organizational Change Management, VP of Values & Organizational Capability, and General Manager of IBM Learning Solutions.

As a senior executive, DeViney became known for driving collaborative strategies and innovation to deliver growth, productivity, and culture change. She also fostered discussions with hundreds of IBM’s C-suite clients around the world on the topics of large-scale transformations, leading change, and values-based leadership and culture – giving her a broad perspective on the change challenges companies face.

“Many leaders I coach are striving to be more inspirational. They recognize that great leaders know how to inspire and engage others to get them on board in pursuing a shared vision and goals. They need to foster optimism and resilience for tackling the challenges and opportunities that come with change,” she says. “In order to advance, they need to take their leadership to this next level.”

“Bryant provided me with a strong foundation for business, opened my eyes to new career possibilities, and ignited my passion for lifelong learning,” she says.

DeViney has served on Bryant’s Board of Trustees since 2006. She is a member of the Bryant Leadership Council, and received the Bryant University Distinguished Alumna Award in 2006.

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