Natalie Nixon

Strategy, Foresight and Innovation Expert; President and Founder of Figure 8 Thinking, Author, and Creativity Guru

Dr. Natalie Nixon is a top change management keynote speaker, consultant, and a strategy, foresight, and innovation expert. As president and founder of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC., she advises leaders on unique approaches for process transformation and leveraging creativity as an innovation resource to more rapidly achieve priority business goals.

  • Natalie Nixon`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Natalie Nixon`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Pennsylvania, USA

  • Natalie Nixon`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Natalie Nixon`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Pennsylvania, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Creativity and Leadership: Getting Buy-In Through Empathy and Curiosity

“Curiosity is the new currency”.  -Natalie Nixon The businesses and organizations that lead with inquiry and empathy are ultimately the most innovative.  Integrating design thinking, lean and agile methods are a few ways to do this.  That’s because ...

“Curiosity is the new currency”.  -Natalie Nixon

The businesses and organizations that lead with inquiry and empathy are ultimately the most innovative.  Integrating design thinking, lean and agile methods are a few ways to do this.  That’s because curiosity and empathic leadership are rooted in open, growth mindsets.  They also generate collaborative work environments and lead to building customer-centered products and services.  In this session, Natalie Nixon shares the major and practical business outcomes that are directly tied to inquiry-based leadership.

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The Future of Work: The 4 Shifts Your Organization Must Make…Now!

“The best algorithms will still depend on humans asking a better question.” — Natalie Nixon The future of work will require more than a familiarity with virtual reality, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics.  It will require people with a ...

“The best algorithms will still depend on humans asking a better question.” — Natalie Nixon

The future of work will require more than a familiarity with virtual reality, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics.  It will require people with a heightened creative capacity.

In the 4th industrial revolution where cloud technology, automation and cryptocurrency are realities, boundaries between technology and humans have completely blurred. Now more than ever, the human quotient and the creativity are critical business assets.  In this session, Natalie Nixon offers provocative ways to embrace the future of work and outlines 4 shifts every organization must make to be nimble and adaptive.

 

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Adapt and Disrupt: Getting Excellent at Change

“Plans are fiction.  They haven’t happened yet.  Learn to improvise.”  — Natalie Nixon We all know that the only constant in life is change; yet we don’t design adaptive organizations. Most companies are disrupted because they do not know what ...

“Plans are fiction.  They haven’t happened yet.  Learn to improvise.”  — Natalie Nixon

We all know that the only constant in life is change; yet we don’t design adaptive organizations. Most companies are disrupted because they do not know what business they are actually in and what their customers really need. This session will lead you through principles of improvisation and the key questions your leadership should be able to answer and then use to assist teams and employees.

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Innovation IQ: How to Master the 3 Drivers to Stay Out Front and Lead

“The more diverse the inputs, the more innovative the output.” -Natalie Nixon Business management guru, Peter Drucker, was famous for having written that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” He was right. Unfortunately, most companies only pay ...

“The more diverse the inputs, the more innovative the output.” -Natalie Nixon

Business management guru, Peter Drucker, was famous for having written that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” He was right. Unfortunately, most companies only pay attention to organization culture when it’s too late in the game. In this session, Natalie Nixon will leave you with tips for developing the 3 tenets of culture—people, process and place—to design an organizational culture that is primed for innovation and a prosperous future state.

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About Keynote Speaker Natalie Nixon

Dr. Natalie Nixon is a keynote speaker, consultant, and a strategy, foresight, and innovation expert. As president and founder of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC., she advises leaders on unique approaches for process transformation and leveraging creativity as an innovation resource to more rapidly achieve priority business goals. Natalie does this by applying her background in cultural anthropology, fashion, and service design.

The focus in her work is two-fold:

  1. Innovation — Creating unique customer-centric approaches for process improvement & transformation.
  2. Change Management — Designing the optimal ways to implement and sustain the innovation.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Change Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Foresight and Strategy
  • Applied Creativity

Author: the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond. She is also a regular contributor to INC.com on creativity and design thinking, and ATD on leadership.

Other:

  • Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellow at the Paris d.School
  • Senior Advisor at Econsult Solutions.
  • Global speaker, represented by the BigSpeak speakers bureau.
  • Conversational Portuguese and Spanish.

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

EDUCATION

  • AB (Honors: Cum Laude) from Vassar College with a double major in Anthropology & Africana Studies;
  • MS in Global Textile Marketing from Jefferson University (USA), Shenkar College (Israel) & Reutlingen University (Germany);
  • PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster, London.

Testimonials

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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