Nicole Heckman

Co-Founder and Partner
Little Bird Innovation

Nicole blends sixteen years of strategy creation, innovation and entrepreneurship with a passion for creating impactful change in organizations and communities.

Driven by the desire to solve complex challenges and understand the motivations of people at a deeper level, Nicole brings extensive experience helping organizations clearly articulate their place in the world, as well as their specific opportunities for problem solving and growth. Nicole spent seven years as part of an internal innovation team at FedEx, working across a myriad of business problems. She is currently spearheading the Made By Project, a comprehensive effort to grow the Memphis-area maker, artisan and micro-manufacturing economy.

Nicole is also seasoned entrepreneur having launched multiple starts-ups. Her experience using minimum viable product and lean start-up principles helps drive faster and more nimble innovation cycles.

Nicole combines a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an MBA from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College, in addition to several innovation and design thinking courses and workshops.

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