About Nancy Burke

Nancy BurkeFor most of my career, I’ve helped people find their best fits in the workplace. As we see Baby Boomers move into their “chronologically gifted” space, I’m excited to help them leverage the experience, wisdom, gifts, humor and perspectives that they didn’t have when they entered their first adulthood at 21. And I’m looking forward to learning along with them as they craft a life they love in this second adulthood!

Nancy believes that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. She has coached people for 30 years in finding work that is a good fit for them.

For 16 years prior to starting Burke&Penn, Nancy was Senior Vice President with Lee Hecht Harrison, a global provider of career transition and leadership development services, where she primarily worked with people in transition, from middle managers to the C-suite, in virtually every profession and industry. She facilitated workshops and coached individuals considering retirement through “What’s Next.” Nancy was also co-developer of LHH’s “Developing Personal Resilience,” which was rolled-out globally.

Nancy also worked in human resource capacities for FirstBank (now USBank), Pillsbury (now General Mills), and Jostens, and has had her own consulting business. Nancy has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, MN).

Her interest in adult learning led her to volunteer work as a tutor, trainer, board member and President of The Minnesota Literacy Council, as well as a board member for Laubach Literacy International (now ProLiteracy) in Syracuse, NY. She currently is volunteering in the areas of homelessness and hunger, and with domestic abuse survivors.

Her experiences in corporate environments, as a small business owner, as well as her extensive non-profit board and volunteer experience, give her a broad view of possibilities for people who are planning a portfolio life, looking for a job, starting a business, or defining meaning in their lives.

Nancy has a BA in liberal arts and an MA in adult education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, loves quilting, hiking, belongs to three book groups, and spends as much time as she can with two daughters and two grandsons. She’s also a novice artist, trying to develop skills in botanical illustration.