natalie w. nixon,PhD
Associate Professor
Fashion Merchandising & Management

Program Director of the
Strategic Design MBA Program
Philadelphia University






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Tel:  (215) 951-2787
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Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144

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Begining January 2013! 

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resume   (Click to access.)

very brief bio  (Click to access.)

educational background

University of Westminster (London, England): 
PhD -
Design Management

Thesis:  "A study of the experiential service design process at a luxury hotel"

(Click on "Thesis" above to access.)

Philadelphia University  (USA, Israel & Germany):  
MS - Global Textile Marketing

Vassar College  (Poughkeepsie, NY & Bahia, Brazil):  
BA - Anthropology and Africana Studies
Honors: Cum Laude

professional affiliations & certifications


  • Design Management Institute
  • National Charrette Institute  (Trained and certified to lead charrettes for consultancies in innovation and consensus building.         Harvard Graduate School of Design.)
  • International Textile and Apparel Association
  • American Apparel and Footwear Association (Educational Advisory Board)





  • "Dressing the part for the party" by Elizabeth Wellington The Philadelphia Inquirer September 6, 2012 (article)
  • "It Ain't Easy Being Chic"  by Emily Goulet  Philadelphia Magazine  February 2012
  • "Time for an orange flush: The color of the year is tangerine tango, a bold hue shimmying with crimson" The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 14, 2011
  • "Fashion: is it art or not?",, September 3, 2011 by Antonia Blyth
  • Kate Middleton's Style & Influence, NBC10 News coverage, July 12, 2011
  • "Neighborhood Pride T-Shirts. Nostalgia with a boast",The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 23, 2010.
  • "What Will Vick's Number 7 Say About the Buyer".  The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 19, 2009.
  • "In a zipless economy, the zipper", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 15, 2008 (article)
  • Back to school television news segment, WPVI-Action News, August 21, 2008
  • Selling the stuff of politics", Philadelphia Inquirer, April 22, 2008 (article)
  • Taking a chance on luxe", Philadelphia Inquirer, January 27, 2008  (article)
  • Body Diversity Fashion Show in Collaboration with A Chance To Heal- NBC 10 Coverage, November 21, 2007 (article)
  • Body Diversity Fashion Show in Collaboration with A Chance To Heal- ABC 6 Coverage, November 15, 2007  (article)
  • "Hanging by a Slender Thread", Orlando Sentinel, November 2007
  • "This Year's Trend- Buy for Today",, September, 2007  (article)
  • Back to School Shopping Advice on All That And More, August 16, 2007, NBC10
  • "Sizing Up The Spat over Red Carpet Copycats", Christian Science Monitor, March 2, 2007
  • "Clothes Made to Smell in a Good Way", Discovery Channel, February 2, 2007
  • "Fashion Students donate to non-profits", Roxborough Review, December 27, 2006
  • "A Plus-Sized Opportunity", Entreprenuer Magazine, November 17, 2006
  • "Hanging by A Slender Thread", The Orlando Sentinel, November, 2006
  • "Chico Chain Fame", The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, July 25, 2006
  • "Zero is the New Eight", The Boston Globe, May 5, 2006
  • Interview on Fox 29 News Philadelphia, February 1, 2006- Closing of Strawbridge's
  • "Strawbridge's Countdown: Many Sales, Few Regrets", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 31, 2006
  • "Victoria's Secret? Kids", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 22, 2005
  • "A Second Chance In Fashion", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 22, 2005
  • "Wanted: Fashion for the 'Mature' Woman", The Christian Science Monitor, November 16, 2005
  • "Engineering The Perfect Fit", National Society of Black Engineer's The Bridge Journal, Fall 2005
  • "Fashion Industry Matures with Focus on Older Women", Baltimore Sun, April 27, 2005 
  • Appearance on the CN8 "Money Matters" show to discuss Black Power Inc. by Cora Daniels.  May 13, 2004.
  • "Vanity Sizing Labels Put Lower Size on Larger Clothes". November 25, 2003



  • Forthcoming in November 2012.  Nixon, Natalie and Johanna Blakley.  "Fashion Thinking: Towards an Actionable Methodology". Fashion Practice. Volume 4, Issue 2 Pages 153-176

  • Forthcoming in December 2012: Wyatt, Nioka, Natalie Nixon and DK Malhotra. "Corporate governance practices in the fashion and retail industry in the United States".  International Journal of Management Research

  • Nixon, Natalie W. "Designing Experiential Services with an Improvisational Stance".  Touchpoint-The Service Design Network Journal.  Volume 4, No. 1 "Eat, Sleep, Play".  Pages 32-35. (Article)

  • Nixon, Natalie Weathers and Alison Rieple. “Luxury Re-Designed: How The Ritz-Carlton Uses Experiential Service Design To Position Abundance in Times of Scarcity.” Design Management Institute Journal Volume 1, (2010). (Article)

  • Weathers, N. (2008) Fashion Infusion, Review of Management Innovation & Creativity, Vol. 1, Iss. 1, pp. tbd (Upcoming Blind Reviewed journal Publication date:  August 2008)

  • Weathers, N.  (9 August 2007) "Sizing up garment fit issues", (click here for the entire article)
  • Weathers, N.  (27 February 2006)  "Bringing the Right Fit to The Masses", (click here for the entire article)

  • Pierce, John, Fernando Tovia and Natalie Weathers.  “Scent-Infused Textiles to Enhance Consumer Experiences.”  (2005): 15 September.  NTC Online Research Project Database.  National Textile Center.
  • Weathers, N.  (15 March 2004) "African Apparel: Marketing Globally Means Acting Regionally", (click here for the entire article)
  • Weathers, N.  (3 May 2004) "Educating Students for a Global Industry ", (click here for the entire article)


presentations & guest lectures

  • Moderator:  Business of Fashion Panel for The Philadelphia Collection series.  September, 2012, Palomar Hotel, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Guest Speaker:  "Redesigning Graduate Business Education- Towards Hybridity".  Industrial Design Society of America, Regional Meeting, April 2012, Philadelphia, PA. 
  • Guest Speaker:  "The Value of the Hunch:  Design Thinking."  2011 Germantown Friends School Alumni Speaker

  • Presented Paper:  Stephanie Brodish, Natalie W.  Nixon and Carol Cirka.  "Fast fashion's knock off savvy:  Proposing a new competency in a sustainability index for the fast fashion industry."  Northeast Business and Econmics Association 38th Annual Meeting.  Philadelphia, PA.  November 4, 2011.

  • Presented Paper: Nioka Wyatt, DK Malhotra and Natalie W. Nixon.  "Recent trends in corporate governance practices in the fashion industry in the United States."  Northeast Business and Econmics Association 38th Annual Meeting.  Philadelphia, PA.  November 4, 2011.

  • Presented Paper: Natalie W. Nixon, Leslie Samoni & Nioka Wyatt.  "The Pop-Up Retail Experiencxe- A Means to Building Brand Awareness"  5th Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces.  Politecnico di Milano.  Milan, Italy.  June 24, 2011.

  • Panelist & Paper Presentation: Natalie Nixon- "Four observations about advertising and social media in 2011"  The Art of Advertising conference.  Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.  May 24, 2011.

  • Presented Paper.  Nixon, Natalie W. (2009) “Luxury Re-Designed: How the Ritz-Carlton Uses Experiential Service Design to Position Abundance in Times of Scarcity” Design Korea 2009 International Conference Seoul, South Korea       December 3-4, 2009 Peer reviewed conference sponsored by the Design Management Institute and the Korean Institute of Design Promotion.

  • Workshop. “Design Audit Your Self. Be the Designer of Your Life Conference.    Philadelphia, PA  Convened by the American Association of University Women  April 25, 2009
  • Presented Paper:  Weathers, N. (2008) "Fashion Infusion", Intellectbase International Consortium peer-reviewed conference proceedings, Volume 2, Nashville, TN, USA, May 28-30, 2008, pp. 217-219.
  • Presented paper: "A Dress is Never Just a Dress- The infusion of fashion into consumer products", The 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, January 12, 2008, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Guest Lecturer at Moore College of Art: "Global Fashion Marketing", Summer 2007, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Panelist and Presenter:  Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit, June 2006, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Panelist for Evoluer's "Style Symposium: Breaking Into the Real-World Fashion & Beauty Industries".  November 19, 2005 at the Enterprise Center, Philadelphia, PA.
  • International Textile and Apparel Association Conference-  Presentation:  "Minority Vendor Supplier Programs in the Apparel Industry: A Matter of Innovation", November 3, 2005; Alexandria, VA.
  • Mid Atlantic Organizational Behavior Conference, Presentation:  "Where Fashion Meets Service", April 2005, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Asian Textile Conference - Paper presentation: "Educating Textile and Apparel Students for the 21st Century".   December, 2003; Delhi, India. 
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance- Presentation: "Links Between Fashion and Culture in Sri Lanka and South Africa".   November 2003; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • The third biennial US-Africa Business Summit of the Corporate Council on Africa.  Panelist: Positioning of African Apparel Firms to be Competitive Under the AGOA Bill.  October 2001; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

editorial reviewer

Fashion Practice- The journal of design, creative practice and the fashion industry.  (Berg Publishers)

FORMakademisk- Scandinavian service design journal



LIM College
Evaluator for new Master's degree (MPS) in Fashion Retail Management for approval by the State of New York.

Federated Macy's Merchandising Group

Consultancy:  provided workshop on strategic sourcing

Competitive Innovation, Inc.
Consultancy:  applying fashion industry product development concepts to chewing gum packaging.

Wharton's 2005 Global Consulting Practicum
Served as expert to give US apparel industry information to Peruvian sportswear exporter.

Key Design, Inc.
Consultancy:  Marketing plan for Women's fashion Accessory Product 


grants & awards

  • Recipient of $35,000 grant from Cotton Inc. to produce Cotton Radio with Nioka Wyatt and Steven Frumkin.  2009-2010

  • Recipient of the 2007 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Procured $67,000 of funding for a Summer Design Fellowship Program in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia:  2005
  • Procured $50,000 of funding for the Cotton Inc. Student Competition Grant:  2004, 2005.
  • Recipient of a Philadelphia University Research Grant, 2004
    "Impact of Minority Vendor Development Programs on the American Fashion Scene" 
  • Recipient of Lindback Foundation Junior Minority Faculty Grant: 2002-2003
    Report: “Marketing Strategy to Enhance The Competitiveness of African Apparel Firms Entering the US Market" 
  • Recipient of a Philadelphia University Research Grant, 2002
    "Marketing Campaign for the United States Textile Industry"


community involvement