Recall a time when you learned something new? How did it make you feel? Hope and possibility buzzing through your veins?


That’s how I felt a few years ago when I discovered design thinking while working on a client project. I knew it had the potential to transform how we interact with our employees and inspire how we go about talent program design and implementation.

As former head of talent strategies and Accenture executive I’ve walked in your shoes. I know how it feels when the path seems long and lonely at times. When there is no time to take a step back, to pause, and to think strategically about how to take your talent practices to the next level.

I want to help you get unstuck and become a design thinking superhero!

My creative super power is “connecting the dots”. What’s yours?

My creative super power is “connecting the dots”. What’s yours?

Hi, my name is Nicole Dessain and I am the Founder and Chief Talent Experience Designer at talent.imperative inc.

Some of the amazing companies I have worked with over my 18-year career range from giants like Cisco, Comcast, Mercedes-Benz, BASF, UNIQLO and Walgreens to small but mighty organizations like Grubhub, Arity, IDEO, Farmer's Fridge, i.c.stars and Orlando Magic.

After I discovered design thinking I became a student of the method and got certified by IDEO U and LUMA Institute. I am a faculty member at Northwestern University’s Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change Program where we explore how design thinking might be applied to innovation in organizational effectiveness.

You can learn more about my point of view on design thinking at the intersection of strategy, innovation, culture, and talent through my publications and speaking engagements.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes which combines my passions for design thinking, exploring new cultures, and eating good food: “Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.” (Anthony Bourdain)

Let’s walk this path together. Oh, and stop by on the socials and say hi on your way: LinkedIn and Twitter.