Conversation drives author and interviewer Lily Clayton Hansen. One of the basics in life is communication, and in a digital age, Lily believes we need to re-prioritize it more than ever. Oftentimes referred to as the “people whisperer,” (one who lowers other’s walls and coaxes wisdom out of them) she finds nuggets of insight that are uniquely her own. Through her interviews, Lily reminds others to keep an open mind and heart.
In 2013, Lily relocated to Nashville, Tennessee [deemed by The New York Times as the “It City”], and began compiling interviews and portrait photography for her first book Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations. Beautifully designed and printed, the 240-page softcover volume released in 2015, garnered local and regional praise, endorsements by name brands such as Madewell, partnerships with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Vanderbilt University, and Nashville International Airport, and led to talks at arts organizations and universities across the country. Three years later, the author self-published Word of Mouth: More Conversations, featuring interviews with Nashville-based institution leaders, artisans, and activists, through her newly-formed boutique publishing house.
Soon thereafter, Lily was approached by HCA Healthcare, the largest hospital company in America, to write and produce a custom coffee table book to commemorate their 50th anniversary. The book showcases interviews and stories of team members across the board from the founder and CEO to the janitor. The volume was enthusiastically received and said to have brought unity to HCA’s 250,000-person organization.
In 2019, Lily’s stylized writing led to a contract with Gresham Smith, a global architecture and engineering firm, to pen 233-corporate bios to humanize their company. That fall, Lily also debuted “Talking to Strangers Is My Self Care” at Tedx Nashville’s Women’s event. The talk was voted “most popular.”
Since her arrival in Nashville, Lily’s empathetic nature, imagination, curiosity, and innate ability to ask challenging questions in a kind-hearted manner, has branded her as a unique and highly sought after interviewer. In a world where people often skim the surface and look for the worst, Lily digs deep and portrays her subjects as their most beautiful self.
Hansen has also written hundreds of biographies and branding statements, and articles for the following publications: The Nashville Edit, Luxe Interiors + Design, Time Out Chicago, Nashville Lifestyles, Nashville Arts Magazine, and CS, CS Interiors and Men’s Book, all under the Modern Luxury umbrella.
Lily currently is working on a project for Alliance Bernstein, a high-profile investment management firm, writing and finessing 350 employee bios for their website.