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Natalie W. Nixon, Ph.D.

Natalie W. Nixon, Ph.D. is a hybrid thinker who’s consulting and research interests are at the intersections of creativity & strategy and business & design. She is an Associate Professor and the Founding Director of The Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University where she holds the G. Allen Mebane IV ’52 Chair for Design Thinkers.

In her consultancy, Figure 8 Thinking,LLC she taps into her background in anthropology and fashion when working on projects that call for the strategic design process. She is the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and is a regular contributor to INC.com online magazine on creativity and design thinking. Her public speaking invitations have included the Business Innovation Factory, TEDx Philadelphia, TEDx George School, The Copenhagen Institute for Interactive Design, The European Innovation Academy (Nice, France), SEB Bank (Tallinn,Estonia) and the Mayo Clinic’s Transform conference. 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.

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