Nancy Hays, Chicago, IL
Where do you find inspiration?
My late father, my husband, my children, my first professional mentor (Jack Morton), my church community, my clients that support the military and charitable causes, personal friends and others I have read about and admire.
What excites you most about the year ahead in the events industry or your personal business?
The prospect of growing business opportunities, a new business model for my business, emerging markets and an artist I personally manage.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
Find something to do that you love so much that you would do it for free. Get someone to pay you to do it. You will be successful financially and you will never work a day in your life.
What do you hope attendees will take away from your session?
I hope they will be inspired to view their business from a new perspective. I hope they will learn about emerging trends that can help them to be more successful and innovative for their clients.
Nancy Hays received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Illinois in Urbana and Master’s Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston in Communications. Nancy was Director of Entertainment for the Chicago office of Jack Morton Productions from 1984-1993. She founded Nancy Hays Entertainment, Inc. in 1993.
Nancy has appeared as a guest on many national television networks including Fox, WGN, Discovery, and NBC. She has written articles for American Entertainment Magazine and her company's products and services have been featured in publications such as Billboard Magazine, the Washington Post, the LA Times and Variety.
Nancy Hays is the Co-Chair of the Emerging Talent and Trends Committee and one of the founding members of IACEP (International Association of Corporate Entertainment Producers). Nancy is also a popular business and motivational speaker on the topics of Emerging Trends, Generational Marketing and Sustainability.