NANCY SHAWVER

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Nancy Shawver is Director, Corporate Communications at MRIGlobal. MRIGlobal is an independent, not-for-profit research and development organization, working in energy, health, and defense for government, industrial, and academic clients. As director of corporate communications, Nancy is responsible for internal and external communications, marketing, and community relations for MRIGlobal.

Nancy is an experienced journalist, with more than 15 years as a writer, editor and leader in newspaper, newsweekly, and magazine management. She is a pioneer in online and digital media, and as the vice president of electronic media for The Kansas City Star, developed early audio, fax and online/web services.

As a reporter, she specialized in health care, science, technology and business reporting. As an editor with American City Business Journals and The Star, she directed teams covering public affairs, including education, research and government agencies. She has a degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and continuing education credits from Simmons College, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She also worked for 13 years with Sprint Nextel Corp., leading a variety of initiatives to deliver transformational change to the organization, its processes and culture. In her many roles, from director to assistant vice president, she was seen as an agent of change and used her strong communications skills to deliver results.

She established and operated an independent communications consulting practice, focusing on science, health care and technology communications.

Nancy served as a member of the corporate advisory board of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Computing and Engineering (2004-2008), and a member of the executive board and advisory board of the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Kansas, (2001-2007).

She is a member of the Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and a member of its board 2010-2011 (KC/IABC was named International Chapter of the Year in 2011). She also is a member of the Plaza Rotary, and a member of its board of directors 2011 and 2013.

She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Tom Shawver. For 15 years, they owned and operated Bloomsday Books, a used and rare bookstore.