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Time has made me an optimistic pragmatist.

Failure has made me generous.

Success has made me proactive.


janis nakano spivack

lucid chief navigator

In the maelstrom of the 90’s dot com boom, I discovered my passion.  Helping any company bring their employees and leadership together to build, revive or scale their business into where they want to be. My joy? Creating a sandbox for innovation where just enough structure was in place for the business to run efficiently, while leaving room for brilliant new ideas to flourish.


Why am I good at it? Change is in my DNA. I was raised on military bases round the world. I've been in constant and purposeful evolution: Artist to Art Director, Creative to Product and then Marketing leader. I've had the privilege of sitting in lots of different company seats both strategic and hands-on, creative and quant-driven business strategy

My past experiences include guiding, as well as being a member of the C-suite. So far, my crossings have included an IPO, acquisition, partnerships, a pivot, a bankruptcy…marriage, giving birth and grappling with K-High School from a seat on a red-eye flight.

25+ years of crossings have helped me to understand how to create positive patterns within companies. Decades of managing creative, product and marketing organizations, as well as over 50 independent client projects, has resulted in templates, tools and workshops that have been time tested. And more importantly, shown to help leaders and their teams exit with practices that add value to every part of their lives.

A network isn’t just a series of dots to me. Instead it is a matrix of inspiring people with whom I’ve had the privilege of experiencing memorable challenges and accomplishments. Together with other subject matter experts, I provide a variety of services to a wide range of business leaders, thought-provokers, game changers, and product builders.

To keep me honest, walking the walk, I'm also the founder of CrushYourBLOCK, a company dedicated to teaching everyone to greet change and transition with more success. And several times a year, you can find me in Baja co-teaching courses for multi-generational life explorers at Chip Conley's, Modern Elder Academy.


In my spare time, I enjoy life with a high school teenager and husband. Their regular practice of KungFu helps them to maintain their sense of humor with me. And my daily wooing of hummingbirds to my porch helps me practice lightness (and patience) in everything.

Thank you.

To the people who've inspired, informed and kept us LUCID, in the evolution of our services over the years.

Amy Critchett Pauline, Rep. Lynne Woolsey (ret), Matt Bernardini, Amy I. Rosenthal, Tom Melcher, Jen Smith, Brian Careway, Marci Weisler, Steph Haumueller, Larry Wiesler, Shane Pollack, Nicole Buckberg, Marita Scarfi, S Colombatto,  Inessa & Timothy O-Childs, Elaine Coleman, Kathy Gowell, Sara Ortloff Khoury, Michael Ribero, Gretchen Anderson, Michael Hudes, Jen Theaker, Rick Bidgood, Mark, Jeff & Lynne Kraselsky, Colin Cowie, Laurie Bell Bishop, Diane Schreiber, Andy Donkin, Michelle Reeves Fisher, Debra Amador DeLaRosa, Paul Krygowski, Jane Metcalfe, Jason Nakano, Maureen McGurl, Todd Krieger, Debra Moses, Neil Cohen, Betsy Book, Hani Hong, Michael Wilson, Leslie Santos, Brandy Reece, Oz Eleonora, Emily McInerny, Wayne Willis, Lizann Slotta, Fanny Krivoy, Josh Goldberg, Roxann & John Hendrickson, Britanny Wray, Sharon Jacks, Conrad Wright, Jeanne Nicastro, Michael Schaiman, Shelley Alger, John Ferneborg, Sally Rosenthal, Donna Hemmert,  Dr. Chuck Clanton, Pat Caruthers,  Janet Kasdan, Jon Fox, Christi Dunlap, Michael Harshfield, Amy Jo Kim, Kaity Fuqua, Mary Piontkowski, Alisa Lemberg, Chris Murchison, Karen Carbonnet, our Ohana, related by blood and heart who keep us grounded and remind us what's important.

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