About Nina Lytton

Nina Lytton

Nina Lytton

Aloha kakou, hello everyone!  After a long career in the business world, I am back to being a full-time student.  I currently enrolled at Meadville Lombard Theological School, a Unitarian Universalist seminary. My objective for my Act Too is to become a university chaplain for people who place their faith in reason and relationship.

In my business career, I’ve served as a:

• Confidential strategic and marketing advisor
• Leader of customer executive meetings
• Corporate director

I’ve been primarily focused on the emerging technologies that businesses and institutions can harness to achieve their strategic objectives. A great believer in beach-combing on the shores of others’ wisdom, I’ve spent more than 10,000 hours over the past 25 years interviewing leading-edge technology implementers in business, governments and institutions.  Along the way, I’ve accumulated some expertise on the long planning cycle and complex, multi-party decision process required to select and implement business-critical computer systems, the kind where changing anything is like swapping out an engine while the plane’s in flight.

I served as an advisor to some of the world’s largest and most successful companies developing and using enterprise technology.  I still have my door open to entrepreneurs who need a sounding board.

I have produced or moderated more than 100 technology symposia. You may remember me as the producer of the Crossroads Conference and editor of the Crossroads A-List Awards, which identified the best newly proven IT products and services for more than 10 years. You may have seen me leading a CIO event for HP or another enterprise system vendor. You may remember me as a columnist for Open Systems Today. Or as an analyst with The Yankee Group.

I have an Masters’s degree in management from MIT, where I was first touched by the magic of technology. My experiences at the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management inspired me to adopt my motto for difficult times:

“Given that it’s impossible, you have to find a way to make it easy.”

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University, where I wrote my senior thesis on Carrying Capacity Rights as a means of overcoming market externalities such as pollution.   On a personal level, I have a great passion for the humanity that connects us all, the environment and for the rights of indigenous cultures.

To contact me, please email nlytton @ alum.mit.edu or follow me on Twitter @NinaLytton

I curate the Twitter feed for the Harvard Humanist Community @HarvardHumanist.

I blog here occasionally about issues of lasting relevance to business leaders.

Sunset Moment is my personal blog, inspired by the beauty of the natural world and my connection to my extended family in Hawaiʻi.

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