Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD

International Philanthropist

Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD, is an international philanthropist and trailblazer for women’s empowerment, who believes women will hasten their progress to equality by defining themselves and other women as leaders. A successful author and educator, she founded Women Connect4Good, Inc., a 501(c)3 foundation, to help support organizations that advance women and girls. She also serves on the boards of several social-profit groups, including Take The Lead, Inc.   

 In 2022, Dr. Nancy’s latest book (2019), In This Together: How Successful Women Support Each Other in Business and Life, was released as an audiobook. In addition, the Lift Women Up campaign is gaining momentum with the recently launched 2022 Lift List. Originally created to complement a documentary that aired on PBS featuring her work championing women’s equality and advancement, #LiftWomenUp focuses on steps we can all take to empower each other to achieve gender parity. She also hosts the popular podcast “Smart, Amazing Conversations with Dr. Nancy,” which shares the inspiring stories of life and leadership of smart, amazing women and men.  

Dr. Nancy has earned numerous awards including most recently the prestigious Mosaic Award from Diversity Woman Media, and a Women Making History Award from the National Women’s History Museum for making a significant contribution to her field. Dr. Nancy was also honored in Washington, D.C. at the 2018 Canales project with 20 other women, including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  

As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Nancy has served for many years on the governor-appointed Missouri Committee of Psychologists. She also directed a large employee assistance program and served as a Nationally Certified Crisis Team Leader in New York after 9/11. She travels widely and spends much of her time in California, near her daughters, granddaughters, grandson, and her beloved horses. She invites everyone to join her in reaching out to support women in the pursuit of leadership, equality, safety and success. 

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