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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.


  • Creativity
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
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