Keynote Speaker Natalie Nixon

Natalie Nixon

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

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

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About 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.


  • 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 on creativity and design thinking, and ATD on leadership.


  • 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.


  • 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 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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