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Natalie is a hybrid thinker, comfortably synthesizing creative and analytical thought processes from design and business to arrive at innovative opportunities.

“Natalie Nixon, PhD is an innovation strategist and President of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC. She advises leaders on change management at publicly traded and privately held corporations as well as non-profits. She helps them design optimal ways to leverage creativity, sustain innovation and achieve priority business goals—resulting in happier customers and employees.

Natalie is a published author (Strategic Design Thinking and INC online magazine) and a global speaker represented by the BigSpeak speakers bureau.

Her public speaking invitations have included CUSP, 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 is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in social innovation and design thinking and a Senior Advisor at Econsult Solutions. She has a background in cultural anthropology, fashion, and service design. She is certified as a foresight practitioner by the Institute for the Future and in charrette facilitation by the National Charrette Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Natalie received her PhD from the University of Westminster in design management, and her AB (cum laude) from Vassar College in anthropology and Africana Studies.

Please visit the Figure8thinking YouTube channel for more information.

Mark Anderson, Artist




  • MBE- Minority Business Enterprise certified by the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council  (NAICS Code 541611)
  • Institute for the Future- Foresight Practitioner
  • National Charrette Institute- Charrette Facilitator