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 an Associate Professor. 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 understand and apply user-centered principles to their particular work. Her consultancy, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC, helps organizations leverage creativity as an innovation resource.
We connected with her after Transform to learn more about her, her work, and the role of design thinking in the future of work.