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Natalie Nixon

Design Strategist, Author, Fellow at Paris d.School and Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
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    Pennsylvania, USA

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Natalie W. Nixon, PhD is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker.  At Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations develop meaningful strategy through design thinking and ethnographic research.  By applying her diverse background in service design, anthropology and fashion, she helps clients with culture transformation, leadership development, ideation sessions and envisioning labs. Natalie is a Fellow at the Paris d.School and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in social innovation and design for social impact.  She is the Founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University where she was a professor in design strategy and fashion management.

Natalie is a published author: the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and a regular contributor to online magazine on creativity and design thinking.  Her global public speaking invitations have included the Business Innovation Factory, 360 Possibles (Saint Malo, France), Creative Mornings, TEDx Philadelphia, The Copenhagen Institute for Interactive Design, The European Innovation Academy (Nice, France), SEB Bank (Tallinn,Estonia), FUSE and the Mayo Clinic’s Transform conference.

She serves on the boards of the Alumni Association of Vassar College, the Philadelphia Art Commission and Leadership+Design.

Natalie earned her BA (Honors: Cum Laude) from Vassar College with a double major in Anthropology and Africana Studies; an MS in Global Textile Marketing from Philadelphia University (USA), Shenkar College (Israel) & Reutlingen University (Germany); and a PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster, London.

Testimonials 5

  • Natalie was awesome and very easy to work with.  We couldn’t be happier!

    Rick Britton

    Blue Cross Chicago

  • Natalie is a dynamic and engaging speaker who makes design thinking principles accessible!


    Rosalyn McPherson

    President, The Roz Group

  • Natalie is a superb facilitator! She is a great listener and helps your group to land on new insights at the end of a workshop.

    Grace Killelea

    President, Half the Sky

  •  Natalie led a fantastic session with my consumer insights, sensory, and analytics teams! We focused on storytelling with data, using unique tools to simplify complex data for various audiences. In advance of the session, she took the time to build customized, relevant activities with me… and during the session she passionately brought to life new ways of thinking that could easily be applied. She was a pleasure to work with, AND I received a ton of great feedback from the team after the session.

    Success is when in the days immediately following, more than a few team members came to me excitedly to show new ways that they were packaging data and influencing their teams!

    Risa Schwartz

    Consumer Insights, Sensory, and Analytics Lead at Tyson Foods

  • We are always looking for a rockstar keynote speaker to inspire and inform…Dr. Natalie Nixon had us all on the edge of our seats for her entire presentation! …My attendees absolutely loved her work across a multidisciplinary set of insights and anecdotes…punctuated with references to both her research and to hyper-relevant themes.

    It was inspiring, but not cliche.
    It was fun, but not trite.
    It was academic, but not condescending.
    It was informative, but not a lecture.

    Nigel Prentice

    Program Director, IBM Design

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