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Director and Founder, The Ideas Bodega.


Nicole Velik is a leading Innovation and Creativity speaker, facilitator, trainer and consultant. She is the founder of an innovation facilitation and training company, The Ideas Bodega.

Nicole is an in-demand speaker is because she makes innovation exciting and tangible for her audiences. They leave her keynotes with a practical tool-kit for innovation and audiences generate breakthrough ideas for their own innovation challenges during the keynote.

Current work

She is also the host of CreativeMornings Sydney - A global lecture series for the creative industry. Sydney is one of 190 cities around the world to take part each month.

Previous experience

Training: For over a decade Nicole has facilitated and trained organizations across The United States, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Africa and Asia. Her clients include The United Nations, Nike, Nestle, AMP, Lego, Johnson and Johnson, Woolworths, Westpac, Coca-Cola, Caltex, Pepsi, JWT, TBWA, One Green Bean, Aegis Dentsu, Edelman PR, eBay, Havas Worldwide, STW Group, Ogilvy, Hill + Knowlton, Foxtel, Seven Network, SBS, The BBC and Google.

Advertising: Nicole’s background is in advertising as a brand strategist. She spent most of her time in advertising working at Saatchi &Saatchi in Sydney and KBP in New York City. When Nicole returned to Australia in 2008 she pursued her passion for innovation and developing workplace cultures. She founded The Ideas Bodega in 2009 as a way to combine her passions and skill of empowering people, brands and creativity.

Speaker: Nicole is a regular speaker on creativity and innovation and has educated, entertained and inspired audiences at global conferences such as Vivid Ideas, Ad:Tech, Promax BDA, Creative Innovation 2015, CREA and Emergence Creative.

b>Media: A recognised thought leader on creativity and innovation, Nicole is regularly interviewed and has been part of round table discussions for the Australian Financial Review, The ABC, CMO Magazine and the Collective Magazine.

Talking Points

Creativity is Everyone's Business

The ability to think creatively is what gives people and organisations a competitive advantage in today's world. Creativity is what sets individuals and companies apart. Now more than ever people need to strengthen their creativity in order to successfully solve challenges big and small. The number one problem is that many people don't think they are creative. Nicole Velik is a strong believer that we are all creative and can't afford not to be.

In this keynote Nicole will bring out your natural creative talent. She will load you up with powerful tools and techniques that can be applied to any business challenge and show you how easy it is to come up with game changing creative ideas.

Nicole draws on her life experience from working in global advertising agencies in Sydney and New York, across many brands in all sectors and shares anecdotes that will inspire, entertain and leave you wanting to apply what you've learnt right away.

This keynote is intense, stimulating, fun and highly interactive - be ready for some audience participation. Your creative thinking ability will be challenged and stretched to a new level.

Leading Creativity: How to ignite creativity and innovation in your organisation

Do you think your team should be more creative? Did you know that a leaders actions and beliefs will decide if their team will be creative or not?

Leaders have a significant impact on the creative culture. This keynote empowers individual leaders (and future leaders) with the beliefs, habits, initiatives and tangible actions they can take in order to turn their team into a creative hothouse.

Nicole Velik will show you simple ways to inject creativity into the workplace by bringing to life stories from some of the best organisations around the world. You will learn techniques that can be easily implemented in your organisation and see how one person can create an inspiring ideas culture.

This keynote is for leaders, managers and future leaders. It will be educational, inspiring, stimulating and highly interactive. Beware: Wanting to shake things up after this talk is a very likely side effect.
Nicole is a highly motivational speaker who draws on her years of experience to very quickly build rapport with her audience. She has a clever way of helping people overcome their mental blocks to unleash their creative side. In the space of two hour she was able to get a room full of financial analysts and actuaries thinking creatively about developing workable solutions to help them overcome problems that will set them apart from their competitors. Mercer

Nicole came to Moon to host and facilitate a full day workshop on creative idea generation. I found the workshop to be both practical and entertaining - and she provided clear tools in order for all our attendees to be able to practically apply what they had learned over the course of the day. Nicole is also a very personable and pleasant person to have running the workshop, demonstrating leadership and encouraging collaboration appropriately. I would recommend her to any company wanting to learn motivating ways to generate new ideas.

Carolyn Miller, Communications Strategist, Keynote Speaker and Media Commentator

Nicole ran a two-day Idea Generation Masterclass for Hill+Knowlton Strategies, earlier this year, with incredible results. The team was thrilled with the workshop, with many claiming this to be one of the best they'd experienced, which is no mean feat considering the amount of training we run at H+K with some of the industry's biggest players. The impact has certainly been far-reaching across the business. On a professional level, I cannot recommend Nicole highly enough. The fact that she's also a great gal is just the icing on the cake!

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Australia

Nicole's energy and passion for creativity and ideas were instantly apparent, and the professionalism and manner in which she presented resulted in a session which was very well received by the team, at all levels. Her ability to get participants to think laterally resulted in exciting and fresh thinking around some of our traditional challenges. The techniques she shared with us continue to be of great use to colleagues, and the office.

Public Information Officer, United Nations, New York

The session gave my team valuable tools and techniques for creative planning and brainstorming. It was a hugely beneficial process and I would highly recommend it to any organisation wishing to inject a fresh approach to their creative output.

One Green Bean, Sydney
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