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Culture change and enterprise design is a long term process. I serve as partner, facilitator and co-designer of a collaborative, inventive and customer-centric process that your team defines and owns. This happens in 3 phases: Assess and Envision; Implement and Grow.


As a seasoned facilitator I help you convene board retreats, team offsite meetings and community charrettes for big picture envisioning work, always culminating in tactical next steps.


Speaking & Writing

I apply my background in anthropology (user-centered, context-driven, applied research), fashion (the ability to merge creativity, trends and strategy) and service design to speak and write about audacious ideas.



Natalie is consistently one of my graduate class’s most well-received guest lecturers. More a facilitated studio lab than a ‘lecture’, her time with our students pushes their thinking in ways that are both rigorous and practical. Her sessions serve as an effective bridge between modules.

Katherina Rosqueta, Founding Executive Director at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania

The framework that Natalie and the design thinking process helped us create has now been embraced across our entire organization.

By the end of the session ALL participants grew from it; indicating it was the best session in which they had participated in a very long time. Natalie elevated my team’s ability to understand and solve for growth in a more creative and innovative way. She astutely guided a cross-functional senior team to think about the inputs to a challenge in a more iterative manner – and to embrace the ‘process’ of discovering new opportunities & solving for effective solutions.

It was the best investment made in pushing us forward so that we are collectively future-ready to deliver solutions grounded in creativity; ones that drive growth and add value in numerous ways.

Esther Franklin, EVP, Managing Director of Strategy & Cultural Fluency Spark Foundry | Publicis

Natalie is a wonderful scholar-practitioner; she is able to connect the dots between theory and practice. Her remarkable, diverse background allows her to be a unique contributor to the new global, interdisciplinary world that is rapidly emerging.


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

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

Recent Happenings

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  • BIF 2016: Drawing Creativity Out of the Senses

    BIF 2016: Drawing Creativity Out of the Senses

    “Light bends differently underwater. The speed of sound moves faster than in the air. When the body is submerged, the eyes lose their focus — hearing becomes muffled and spatial awareness alters. Natalie Nixon floats in this medium to expand her perceptions. She swims to gain stamina.” Read the full story of Natalie’s talk entitled […]Read More »
  • National Retail Federation

    National Retail Federation

  • European Innovation Academy

    European Innovation Academy

    Check out Natalie Nixon’s talks at the European Innovation Academy: Fashion Thinking Fast Paper Prototyping Leading with Design ThinkingRead More »
  • TEDx George School

    TEDx George School

    June 2015 “The Nudge Imperative-Why it is Critical to Follow your Heart”An independently hosted TedX talk at George School.Read More »
  • Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

    Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

    “What We can Learn from the Dance Choreographer”Read More »
  • The Mayo Clinic’s Transform 2015 Conference

    The Mayo Clinic’s Transform 2015 Conference

    In October 2015 , at the Mayo Clinic’s Transform conference, Natalie spoke to an audience of physicians, public policy makers, health administrators and citizens about the role of creativity in reshaping our healthcare delivery system. Her talk, “What We Should Stop Doing. Right. Now” can be viewed on YouTube . Illustrator MK Czerwiek did a wonderful […]Read More »