Founder of 16-year-old Minneapolis digital agency Clockwork, Nancy Lyons has built a national reputation as an expert on technology, entrepreneurship, and workplace culture. Compelled to make a difference beyond the office, she’s become increasingly political, publicly championing politicians and points of view that promote inclusion, access, and equality. She emceed the Women’s March MN in 2017, she’s chair emeritus of the national board of directors of the Family Equality Council, and she’s always willing to show up for LGBTQ causes. (Follow her @nylons on Twitter for daily doses of insight, outrage, humanity, and humor.) Lyons created the MN Tech Diversity Pledge and leads regular discussions about how companies large and small can become more inclusive. “Representation matters,” she says.