Natalie Nixon

Natalie W. Nixon, PhD is a hybrid thinker who applies her diverse background in anthropology, fashion, service design and dance to change lives through ideas.

In her consultancy Figure 8 Thinking, LLC, she helps organizations design smarter processes and systems, build strategy, and develop leaders by teaching and applying the strategic design process. The Founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University, Natalie is the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond, and a regular contributor to’s online magazine on creativity and design thinking.

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, Shenkar College (Israel) and Reutlingen University (Germany); and a PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster, London.

She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Art Commission, the Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia, CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia, and the Alumni Association of Vassar College.

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.


Past Presentations

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