Speaking Engagements

Lily Clayton Hansen is a passionate, unconventional and thought-provoking speaker. She has no problem stirring the pot or raising the hairs on your arm. The open-book mentality of her communications workshops and live interviews caught the attention of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Vanderbilt University where she hosted year-long residencies in 2016. Since discovering her first book, Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations, the institutions crafted year-long speaking, art, and educational programs inspired by her passion project. Hansen, known as the people whisperer, loves teaching others about the art of listening, posing questions that will prompt others to open up, and sharing ways to develop more intimate connections with their clients, friends, and colleagues.

If you would like to inquire about Lily Clayton Hansen speaking at your campus, upcoming conference or event, please contact Lily at lilyland@wordofmouthconversations.com.

“I have the privilege of calling Lily one of my dearest friends. The same qualities that make Lily an excellent friend make her an excellent interviewer and writer—she listens with all-consuming focus, reads between the lines, and asks questions that reflect these abilities. Lily isn’t afraid to push boundaries and elicit raw emotion, but she knows the delicate dance of when to pull back. As a result, Lily uncovers and communicates the truest version of her subjects.” Laura Lea Goldberg, Certified Holistic Chef & Writer

“As I am not a famous person by any means, being interviewed can be a bit awkward for me. I’m not accustomed to it. I am a somewhat shy dude but being interviewed by Lily made me feel as if we were just having a normal conversation, it was comfortable and inviting to say the least. If all interview scenarios were like this, then I would be fine being interviewed everyday.” Nathan Brown, Visual Artist + Creative Director

“THANK YOU!!! I had way more fun than I thought I would. I hope you hear that a lot! You are great to talk to and an amazing listener. Makes the person want to keep talking and telling you stories.” Karen Little, owner of Josephine

“Being a part of the “Word of Mouth” book was already a fantastic experience. Adding  the “Sip it” conversations with Lily Hansen to the journey was special for sure. I really enjoyed the chat, and the audience’s interactions. The entire culture around this book and events are an honor to be a part of.”  Ian White of Safe House Tattoos, Sip It! Series Guest

“Lily Hansen has tremendous insight in identifying linchpins of cultural evolution, and a remarkable ability to open them up and find out what makes them tick.” John Walker of Music City Roots, Sip It! Series Guest

“I loved being part of the Lily feedback loop: she wrote a book about conversations and then we had a conversation about the book! Creativity and passion and collaboration are 3 essential elements to doing anything worthwhile and Lily’s series abounds with insights into the why and how of folks who dream it and do it!” Todd Mayo of Music City Roots, Sip It! Series Guest

“Sitting before Hansen in an intimate classroom of 10, I am impressed by how calm, cool and collected Lily Hansen is, but also how passionate she is about her work. Her words of success left our class feeling motivated and inspired.” That’s what one of my Reviewing the Arts students at Columbia College had to say about Ms. Hansen, to which I can only add that I was also greatly impressed by the openness and honesty with which she related to the students in conveying how important it is to follow through on your ideas for success. In Ms. Hansen’s case, that has meant following her muse in carving out her own unique career path. We were all equally taken with her book, Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations, which one student described as “the perfect motivator for the budding artistic entrepreneur.” Lloyd Sachs of Chicago’s Columbia University

You know what I just realized? This interview is like going to therapy.” Matt Eddmenson, Cofounder of Imogene + Willie

“We’re going much deeper with you.” Carrie Eddmenson

“Lily Hansen isn’t simply familiar with the creative, artist life; she lives it through and through. As a writer and storyteller her work speaks to the artist’s impulse to explore, document, and reflect larger truths with their honed craft. As the curator and host of Word of Mouth Conversations, she is connecting dots that show artists, ARTrepreneurs, and communities a larger, more meaningful picture.” Stephanie Pruitt, Sip It! Series Guest

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    Musician and Entrepreneur Kix Brooks at Sip It! with Lily

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    Ian White of Safe House Tattoos at Sip It! with Lily

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    Patrick Carney at the Vanderbilt exhibit curated and hosted by Lily