NATALIE NIXON Opening Keynote
Natalie W. Nixon, Ph.D., is a hybrid thinker, comfortably synthesizing creative and analytical thought processes from design and business to arrive at innovative opportunities. A practitioner and researcher of design thinking, she has 15 years of experience as an educator on the secondary and university levels and 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. Nixon’s research and consulting interests are in integrative strategic 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. Nixon is 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.
Nixon earned a BA (cum laude) from Vassar College with a double major in Anthropology and Africana Studies; an MS in Global Textile Marketing from Philadelphia University; and a Ph.D. in Design Management from the University of Westminster, London.
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