Nancy Duarte

Author, Speaker, Thought Leader | Duarte, Inc


Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Time Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and CNN.

Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture. As a persuasion specialist, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications.

Duarte, Inc. is the largest design firm in Silicon Valley, as well as the fifth largest female employer in the area. Nancy has won several prestigious awards for communications and entrepreneurship and was recently honored in Watermark’s “Women Who Have Made Their Mark” ceremony.


She has been a speaker at a number of Fortune 500 companies and counts 8 of the top 10 brands in her firm’s clientele. She also speaks at business schools and teaches classes at Stanford University several times a year.

Nancy has 20 years of experience working with global companies and thought leaders, and she has influenced how the world perceives some of the most important brands and entities, including Apple, Cisco, Citrix, Food Network, GE, Google, HP, TED, and the World Bank.


She is the author of 4 books, which include, Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences; Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations; HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations: Inspire action, Engage the audience, Sell your ideas; and Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols. Resonate spent nearly a year on Amazon’s Top 100 Business Books list.


Nancy has 3 grown children who walk in their destiny, a husband who has loved her for over 32 years, and 2 grand-dogs: Bear and Necessity.