Natalie Nixon

Wednesday, 17th Jun 2015


What We Can Learn From the Dance Choreographer About Designing a Better System

In this talk, Natalie Nixon builds on her work on creativity and service design from a jazz improvisational lens, to sharing her ideas on building out a heuristic from dance choreography to inform organizational design and leadership.

Natalie is a hybrid thinker, comfortably synthesizing creative and analytical thought processes from design and business to arrive at innovative opportunities. At Philadelphia University Natalie holds the endowed G. Allen Mebane IV ’52 Chair for Design Thinkers and is the Director of the Strategic Design MBA program and Associate Professor in Fashion Merchandising & Management. A practitioner and researcher of design thinking, she is noted for being savvy at connecting the dots between theory and practice and is a bridge builder to the creative side of strategy. In her public speaking engagements, she helps a range of audiences (for example, in healthcare; consumer products; technology and marketing) understand and apply user-centered principles to their particular work. Her frameworks help business leaders develop the better questions to get to the most innovative and meaningful outcome for their users.

Natalie has been a guest/keynote speaker at: TEDx Philadelphia; the FUSE Brand Strategy & Design conference; the VOR Innovation conference in Mexico City, Mexico; and the Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference in the United Kingdom. Natalie is a recipient of the 2007 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, two Philadelphia University Summer Research Grants and a Lindback Foundation Research Grant. She is a regular contributor to online magazine on topics around creativity and design’s intersection with business.

With a background in anthropology and fashion, Natalie worked in the fashion industry as an entrepreneurial hat designer as well as in apparel sourcing for The Limited Brands in Sri Lanka and Portugal. Her research and consulting interests are in business design, experiential service design and applying strategies from the fashion industry to a range of sectors, utilizing style as a competitive advantage in order to build brand distinction. She was certified by the National Charrette Institute at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design to lead charrette trainings; she uses the charrette methodology to lead ideation, opportunity finding and consensus building for a range of organizations.

When: 5-6pm – Weds, June 17th, 2015

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK