With a background in anthropology and fashion, 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.
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. She is a regular contributor to INC.com online magazine on topics around creativity and design’s intersection with business.
Her research and consulting interests (Figure8Thinking.com) are in business design, experiential service design and applying strategies from the fashion industry to a range of sectors.
Natalie earned her BA (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.