NANCY CRAIN BURNS, CPT, PHD
WORKSHOPS AND INSTITUTES
•PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
Nancy Burns is the President of Crain Burns Associates, LLC and is dedicated to serving others and helping organizations enhance success and productivity. As a Certified Performance Technologist, she approaches each situation with a systematic view of appreciation and opportunity. While working full-time in a financial services organization, Nancy completed her doctorate in Business: Organization and Management from Capella University. She also earned her MBA from Northwood University, after completing a dual BBA in Business/Computer Information Management
Her areas of industry expertise include education, leadership, business planning and strategy, human resources, business information systems and project management. Nancy has led strategic and vision planning sessions for organizations, including the Youth Achievement Foundation of Crossville. She created and led leadership/planning and volunteer engagement workshops for the Fairfield Glade Art Guild. In addition, she coached individuals through career transition. Nancy worked as Manager/Project Manager: North American Operations - New Development Program Office and as a strategic planning liaison to five business departments, including Human Resources and Communications.
Nancy served as the lead coach for the Cumberland Business Incubator’s Springboard Your Business to Success Entrepreneurship Workshops.
Nancy’s heart for small business stems from working in her family’s New Orleans perfume shop. The business remained in her family for over 60 years. You may still find the shop in the French Quarter where the current owners are celebrating the shop’s over 170 years in business. Nancy and her husband invested their family’s savings in a tire and auto repair shop located in rural Oklahoma. She understands the challenges of one spouse supporting another’s dream. Her dissertation topic was the “Impact of personal influence on the success of entrepreneurial women.” The focus was leadership, communication and influence.
Dr. Burns has served as an adjunct professor for five colleges, including Roane State. She has taught Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Business Management, Entrepreneurship/Business Planning, Philosophy of American Enterprise and Project Management courses. In addition, she is certified to assess prior experiential learning and recommend college credit.
Nancy is a member of several professional organizations, including: Crossville Rotary, ISPI (International Society for Performance Improvement) Board of Directors, ISPI Tennessee, Capella Virtual Chapter, PMI (Project Management Institute), PMI East Tennessee Board of Diiectors-Academic Liaison. Nancy also served as VP of Programs for ISPI MI, President of ISPI
Capella and Program Chair for ISPI-TN. She is the Steering Committee Chair for the Crossville-Cumberland Horizon Initiative (Community Visioning Project).