Natalie Nixon – Keynote Speaker

Creativity Strategist: Author of the award-winning book 'The Creativity Leap' and Creativity Whisperer to the C-Suite

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Specialist Subjects

  • The New I in AI: Imagination, Inquiry and Intuition
  • L.E.A.P: The Extraordinary Method for Boosting Productivity and Navigating Uncertainty
  • Adapt and Disrupt: Build Creativity's Business ROI in The Imagination Era
  • AI Is Your Co-Creator
  • The Future of Work is Jazz - Applying Improvisation, Collaboration and Foresight
  • Curiosity is The Currency of the Future: Building a Culture of Inquiry


  • English


Natalie Nixon, PhD is “the creativity whisperer to the C-Suite”. She is a creativity strategist who advises leaders on achieving transformative business results by applying wonder & rigor. She is a highly sought after global keynote speaker, valued for her accessible expertise on creativity, the future of work and innovation.

Natalie was selected for Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2024; Real Leaders’ “Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World for 2022” list; and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company and INC. She is the author of the award-winning The Creativity Leap – an honoree in the creativity category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards. Her firm, Figure 8 Thinking, was named among the top 20 women-led innovation firms in 2021 by Core 77. Clients have included Microsoft, Salesforce, Comcast, Citrix, Morrison & Foerster, Living Cities, VaynerMedia and Bloomberg.

A hybrid thinker, Natalie consistently applies her background in cultural anthropology, fashion, design thinking and dance. She is an early-stage investor at two social impact ventures, valued for her ability to work at the intersection of commercial value and stakeholder equity.

Natalie is a trustee of the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum; and a former trustee of Vassar College and Leadership+Design. She has lived in Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Israel, and Sri Lanka and is proficient in Portuguese and Spanish. She is certified as a Foresight Practitioner by the Institute for the Future. She received her BA (honors) from Vassar College, and her PhD from the University of Westminster in London.

When she’s not dancing up a storm in hip-hop class, Natalie is fine-tuning her salsa, foxtrot and tango on the ballroom floor. She lives in her hometown of Philadelphia with her husband, John Nixon, and is the proud stepmother of Sydney.

Popular Talks by Natalie Nixon

The New I in AI: Imagination, Inquiry and Intuition

Worried about how you’ll find your edge in AI? At its BEST, AI enhances human qualities at work. Natalie Nixon, a renowned creativity strategist, advocates for leveraging curiosity, imagination, and intuition to navigate this evolving landscape. Her keynote offers practical insights to redesign work and thrive in the changing paradigm.

L.E.A.P: The Extraordinary Method for Boosting Productivity and Navigating Uncertainty

When ambiguity arises, you can either flee, pause, or charge ahead blindly. Natalie Nixon, a creativity strategist, presents the L.E.A.P Method™, a straightforward approach to confront uncertainty. By Leveraging, Envisioning, Asking, and Prototyping, attendees gain clarity and actionable strategies to move forward. Remember, progress only happens in one direction: forward!

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