Positive change starts with you!

Presence + awareness + commitment = transformation

Grow into your best self with energy, openness and clarity.

Contact Nancy Scannell if you

  • experience stress from uncertainty
  • desire to serve the world from a place of groundedness
  • want a safe place to process and think
  • desire nonjudgmental, undivided attention from a confidant
  • are open to thoughtful inquiry and new ways of seeing and being

Miracles happen in true connection.  My clients and audiences feel it.

Get out of auto-pilot. See opportunities clearly and joyfully. Uncertainty, indecision, and habitual behavior create stress and relational ruts. Align your life with your strengths, values, and personal life mission. Be curious about what lies ahead! Read more about me »

What is coaching?

One-hour, confidential, virtual sessions are co-designed with you, so you build upon your inner-resourcefulness, courage, and strengths to lead and create positive change.

  • Learn what holds you back.
  • Identify behavioral and emotional patterns that no longer serve you.
  • Be inspired to move forward.
  • Experiment with new ways of leading your life.
  • Foster self-confidence and resilience.
  • Find solutions within yourself as you focus on your hopes, values, and dreams.

Maybe you are in the midst of a transition, unsure of your next chapter, not sure why you do what you do, want to discover a new path, wish for stronger relationships, or simply need a safe place to process what is happening in your life, I can help. I am an ICF certified coach with years of experience helping others overcome difficulties to discover new ways of seeing and being.

Count on –

  • Complete confidentiality
  • Unconditional positive regard
  • Presence
  • Trust
  • Coaching sessions based solely on your unique needs, circumstances and journey

Clients report they –

  • Clarify goals
  • Identify obstacles
  • Experience self-discovery
  • Create action steps and strategies that lead to desired outcomes
  • Commit to accountability
  • Benefit from owning the process as I guide them through it

Business owners, software developers, and higher education leaders have worked with me to capitalize on their strengths, find increased self-fulfillment, and facilitate growth in their organizations.


In-Person & Online Events

Nancy’s research, stories, and experience will help audiences and individuals grasp their mission.


Leadership & Life Mentoring

Feeling stuck and confused about what comes next? Nancy provides the space for you to navigate your way.


Revising & Editing

A clear, concise message is priceless. Don’t lose your audience. Nancy revises for impact!


Leadership & Life Mentoring


“Nancy draws on her own life experiences to engage her audience with a genuine humility and contagious energy.  Being the ninth of ten children frames her unique perspective on chaos and serves as the foundation for her ability to communicate the true power of pause. She connects with an approachable enthusiasm and authentic kindness.  In listening to Nancy, you will learn to listen to yourself.  Only then can you embrace your full capacity to grow and, as Nancy says, ‘show up in the world.’”

– Bill Higbie, President, Porter County Community Foundation, Indiana

“Nancy’s compassionate, holistic and highly personalized approach to coaching empowered me to do my best work in a diverse range of leadership positions. I appreciated the warm, supportive space she created to help me think through and solve significant leadership challenges. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking to take their leadership skill set to the next level.”

– Stacy Hoult-Saros, PhD, Valparaiso University 

“Nancy Scannell fully embodies the ideals of the coaching profession.  Her vitality and presence in service to her clients transforms space and facilitates creative and imaginative thought.  As an active listener, she assists in helping clients realize their greatest potential.”

– MaryAnn W Anderson, ACC, CDWF andersma@me.com, Executive Coach

“A gifted communicator, Nancy is genuine and sincere–someone whose thoughtfulness and intelligence is always marshalled in service to others, their potential, and a greater communal good.”

– Anna R. Stewart, PhD, Assistant Dean, Christ College Valparaiso University, anna.stewart@valpo.edu

“Within a coaching session, Nancy has a way with holding presence and presenting powerful questions with an energetic ease.”

– Madia V. Swicord, LMT, ERTY500 Chattanooga Yoga School Director

“Nancy has an amazing warmth to her coaching presence that supports me unconditionally. Through our conversations I have gained important awarenesses, opening up new possibilities in my life.”

Caroline Cochran, Phd, Executive Coach, TransformABLEcc.com

Why hire me as a coach?

If you seek clarity, contact me. I partner with you to find positive change through self-discovery based on you or your organization’s needs, desires, passions, and situation.  I offer confidentiality, presence, unconditional positive regard, and thoughtful questioning as you identify your unique vision, open yourself to possibility, and work through personally designed action steps.

Let’s get started – contact me at Nancy.Scannell@gmail.com.


Mindful & Motivational

Be inspired. Make the shift. Create change.

Why hire Nancy to speak at your event?

Nancy connects with audiences and helps them see the best in themselves. Presentation topics include positive leadership strategies, interpersonal communication, the power of presence, faith, resilience, and trust. She has been presenting to audiences since 2009 and works with organizations to clarify their messaging and identify the needs of their audiences.

What are some of Nancy’s previous speaking topics?

In addition to decades of speaking about vocational discernment, leadership development, and higher education, Nancy is a keynote speaker. Contact Nancy about your next event.

  • “The Power of the Pause,” TEDx Valparaiso University, Feb. 1, 2019 – Watch on YouTube »
  • “How to Manage the Flood of Emotions that Follows Retirement,” Wealthstream Podcast, February 2021
  • “Pausing to Lead: Show up in Each Moment,” American Council on Education Women’s Conference Keynote Speaker, Indiana University, Kokomo, Oct. 2019
  • “Cultivating a Culture of Trust,” Valparaiso University Leadership Education Across Disciplines Program, February 2019
  • “Crucial Conversations and Effective Communication,” Valparaiso University LEADS Program, October 2018
  • “Avoiding Burn-out”, Concordia University Wisconsin Faculty Keynote Speaker, August 2020
  • “Let’s Talk about Time [Management]”, APL NextED Strategic Planning, July and Dec 2020, Remote Work and Time Management
  • “Forgiveness” and “Lent”, St. Teresa of Avila, Gathering in Faith Together speaker, Valparaiso, Indiana

Speaking Engagements

TEDx Valparaiso University

Nancy Scannell used to attack life with a “frenetic energy”: she moved from one activity to the next as quickly as possible, only stopping to regain her composure during her morning run. After attending a session on mindfulness, she discovered that she could gain the same peace and composure that she gleans from her morning runs in a moment of purposeful pause.

Episode 61 – How To Manage the Flood of Emotions That Follows Retirement

In this episode, Tim Scannell is joined by a very special guest, his wife, Nancy Scannell, who recently retired from teaching. Nancy discusses the emotional impact of retirement, how she managed to cope with it, and how you can discover your inner passion to help you decide the next step in your life.

Laughter Fosters Connection

Launch and Let Go! Identify conditioned tendencies and free yourself from habits, expectations, and shame that don’t serve you and others. Lead the life you want to lead while giving others the space to live theirs.

School Leaders for Today

Online presentation of “The Power of the Pause” for School Leaders for Today, a consortium of educators in the Chicagoland area.


Content Creation & Speech Writing

What writing services does Nancy offer?

Nancy specializes in helping clients create clear, audience-focused resumes, cover letters, and personal statements. She also helps small businesses write clear, concise correspondence and blog posts.

The hourly rate for personalized writing consulting depends on the scope of the project. For additional information or a customized quote based on your specific needs, please contact Nancy »

What are Nancy’s Credentials?

Nancy Scannell has been teaching in higher education since 1997. She has taught Business and Professional Writing, college composition, rhetoric, English literature, Global Leadership and vocational discernment courses at Valparaiso University and Purdue North Central and Valparaiso University. She has also taken a variety of writing courses including Creative Nonfiction and Creative Writing.

For a sampling of Nancy’s personal creative nonfiction, please visit ReflectionsOnTheRun.com »

Make your message matter!

You might just need your message tweaked for clarity. That’s my specialty.

Contact me for a customized quote to meet your specific needs.

You will be in good hands.

ICF Code of Ethics: “As a professional coach, I acknowledge and honor my ethical obligations to my coaching clients and colleagues and to the public at large. I pledge to comply with ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct, to treat people with dignity as free and equal human beings, and to model these standards with those whom I coach. If I breach this Pledge of Ethics or any ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct, I agree that the ICF in its sole discretion may hold me accountable for so doing. I further agree that ICF’s holding me accountable for my breach may include loss of my ICF Membership or my ICF Certification.”

Let me know how I can help you find clarity!

“You must be
the change
you want to see
in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own.”

(Excerpt from “Start Close In”)

David Whyte