Our Founder Nicole Dessain is a popular conference speaker, workshop facilitator, and panelist on the topic of design thinking at the intersection of strategy, innovation, culture, and talent.

Don’t get too comfortable – Nicole always surprises with a creative twist!


Audience Testimonials

“This highly informative workshop was very well-received by the attendees. Nicole gave a stellar talk on the topic ‘Managing the Talent Experience Lifecycle’, which focused on employee engagement. During the presentation and subsequent lively discussion, Nicole exhibited a deep understanding and clear passion for talent management issues. Highly recommended!”

Upcoming Events

September 30, 2019: Talent Tales: An Interview with Bosch’s Katharina Krentz

October 02, 2019: Storytelling for Networking Panel Moderation

October 15, 2019: DePaul University: “Innovations in Managing Human Capital” Panel

October 25, 2019: Employee Experience Journey Mapping Workshop

November 12, 2019: Chicago HR.Hackathon Facilitation


The Experience Designers Podcast: “Turning HR Into Design Thinking Superheroes”

HR DesignCast: “Creativity in HR and Building HR Community”

Disrupt Milwaukee: “What Game of Thrones Can Teach Us about Design Thinking in HR”

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University: Panelist “Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Growth Companies”

TechRecruit Midwest - Workshop “Design Thinking for Talent Acquisition”

The BLT and Tea Podcast: “Nicole Dessain - Design Thinking and Humanity”

SIOP I/O Shaken & Stirred: “Hacking HR – Dr. Seuss Style!”

Staffing Management Association of Seattle (SMA) Annual Conference: Keynote “Recruiting Relationships Rebooted”

Illinois Technology Association (ITA) Podcast: “Design Thinking 101 for Talent Leaders” (members only)

Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP) Webinar: “Design Thinking for Talent Acquisition” (members only)

Executive Leaders in Transition Exchange (ELITE) Workshop: “Designing Your Transition” (members only)

SourceCon, Atlanta & SourceCon Webinar: Speaker “Metrics for Sourcing”

The metrics information you rolled out at SourceCon was truly groundbreaking, and I think it will be tremendously valuable as I build up my team going forward. Amazing work! (Carol Piggot, Head of Sourcing and Research Aon)

Employee Engagement Awards: Panelist “Driving Culture in the Workplace”

TLNT Webinar: Think Globally, Onboard Locally. Tips for Designing a Global New Hire Experience Program.”

German-American Chamber of the Midwest: Workshop Facilitator “Managing the Talent Experience Lifecycle” (members only)

HR Unconference – People Analytics: Workshop Facilitator “How to Use People Metrics for Strategic Decision Making”

Chicago SHRM Annual Conference: Speaker Using People Analytics to Fuel Performance”

ISPI Performance Improvement Conference: Speaker Big Data, People, and Performance: Myths and Must Dos”

ERE Webinar: “Rearview Talent – A Reflection on Trends”