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As a former singer/songwriter, Nancy Armstrong is no stranger to using her voice to reach the world. Now she's empowering other women to use theirs. Join us as we interview one of the makers behind MAKERS.
Creator. Visionary. Leader.
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Meeting the Maker
Nancy Armstrong is an Emmy-nominated
producer and founding member of the team
that created the award-winning web site,
documentary series, and women's leadership
platform, MAKERS. Named one of the 100
best web sites for women by Forbes.
“I want to live authentically to
the values i’m esposuing, and
Especially for women in a real
The world’s greatest presenters and where they stand,
on and off the stage.
the attitude of a person or organization toward something; a
How did your previous
professions play a role in
who you are today?
It was very hard to think about what my life
would look like in business since women in the
business world were subservient and men were
leading. I also had a childhood love of singing
and did it for 8 years. I didn’t realize until I
stopped, how many interesting skills I had
sharpened in my time as a music artist. When
you can bring your skills as an artist to the
business world, it can be very powerful.
In 80’s and 90’s, there were no
role models for women. there
were no women in leadership
that were visible.
loyalty, love, and passion. as a
leader how do you display each of
them Daily in your work life?
I’m very fortunate that I
get to do something I’m
It was as if I were hit by an epiphanic lightning
bolt and I knew that MAKERS would change
the game for women.
Love - I fall in love with each of the women
that come on; I even cry sometimes.
Loyalty - the women that work with me know
I’ll only present them in a manner that is con-
sistent with their personal values and their
Is there something that
drives you that others
would be surprised to hear?
I’m a harsh critic of my own
work. It’s perfectionism.
It’s made me better at what I’ve done. I’m learning to
critique my work without throwing the whole thing in the
trash. I'm training myself to give constructive feedback to
myself rather than focusing too hard on the things that
aren’t the exact way I wanted it to be.
The only person I’m trying to please is myself by teaching
something that people need to learn and imparting
omething substantive to others. My job is to bring the best
out of women and shine the light on them.
What’s the biggest risk
you’ve taken, and what
did you learn?
I knew that I had to leave Hollywood to start
over. So I went to graduate school in Boston
and had such an extraordinary experience; to
be able to be in an institution that gave me a
scholarship and believed in my abilities to
succeed, it paid off almost right away. It was
scary, but it was a rebirth. When I talk to my
friends that were actors, they thought about it
as jumping off from who you are, but it 100%
I think the biggest risk I took is
changing careers at 30.
How big of a role does self
awareness Play in women’s
Empowerment and what value does
it hold in your personal life?
I need to make sure
I do this every day.
We can’t do it alone. We got so far on our own
so to get to the next level, which is a tough
level (equality), we need men. We can’t do this
alone. That's the real self awareness. Men want
to live in an equal world where their daughters,
sisters, and wives can ﬁnd success. It’s not a
women’s issue; it’s a human issue.
What was the most
“earth-shaking” interview you’ve
what made it memorable for you?
By nature, my favorites are my most recent. I
just interviewed Jenny Rumetti, CEO of IBM.
She was incredibly smart, driven, and
thoughtful, with great values. I thought to
myself that she would be an amazing
POTUS. She’s authentic, passionate, and
she’s done an amazing job of leading the
workplace. She doesn’t just talk the talk, she
walks the walk but does it quietly.
I’ve done hundreds of interviews
and I’m always in love with the
woman of the moment.
Everyone Stands for
something; What do you
I stand for an equal world in which men and
women lead side by side.
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