A Recap of GGD PHL #10, Business Model-YOU, Hosted by Zivtech

13 Dec

GGD04Philadelphia University’s Director of the Strategic Design MBA, Natalie Nixon, Ph.D., brought her vast experience and knowledge to share at the latest Girl Geek Dinners PHL event, the 10th dinner, hosted at Zivtech.

The Strategic Design MBA is a new program at Philadelphia University that merges both business school and design school that bills itself as The MBA for Hybrid Thinkers. The program integrates the best aspects of design thinking, namely problem solving and empathy, into a business context. Dr. Nixon outlined the program and the inspiration, goals, and needs behind it, then led attendees through a teaser of the program, an exercise called Business Model: YOU. Her goals for the presentation were that we left with a practical guide to help us in our professional lives and that we left inspired.

Dr. Nixon explained the business model canvas, which centers on the offering (What problem is the business solving?), customers (For whom is the business solving the problem?), infrastructure (How is the business solving the problem?), and the value.

Looking at a few particularly interesting examples, including Zara, Ikea, and Dansko, Dr. Nixon walked us through how to identify these brands’ epicenters of innovation based on their business model canvases and how their innovative strategies related to other parts of the business model canvas.


After we had a good handle on the concept of the business model canvas, Dr. Nixon encouraged us to think about how the business model canvas applies to our companies, businesses, or lives. A number of budding entrepreneurs attended, and a common theme seemed to be the overlap between the business model canvas for a new independent business and that entrepreneur’s personal life and personality characteristics.

After spending some time silently and individually reflecting on the questions posed by the business model canvas, we each mapped out our business model canvas on large sheets of sketch paper and discussed our ideas with nearby attendees. A few of us got the chance to present our business model canvases to the group and get feedback from other attendees and Dr. Nixon.

GGD03Whether attendees sketched the business model canvas for themselves or their organization, everyone seemed to come away from the exercise with a new way of looking at what they can individually offer to others in life or to their organization in a professional context.

The business model canvas is an excellent way of reframing the ways we think about ourselves and our organizations. If you’re interested in learning more, start with the resource list below.


Simon Sinek’s Start With Why

Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur’s Business Model Generation

Tom Peter’s Fast Company article from 1997,  The Brand Called You

Photos by Elaine Archer


Recap written by Lisa Yoder

Lisa YoderLisa is a recent transplant to the greater Philadelphia area, having grown up on a dairy farm in the wilds of Central PA. She spends her days proofreading and her nights reading, writing, learning to code, and dreaming of where to travel next. She aspires to mash up all of these pursuits into something beautiful.

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Annoucing Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia #10 – Winter 2013 Hosted by Zivtech

15 Nov


Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia is excited to announce Natalie Nixon as her Winter 2013 speaker. Natalie will present “Business Model-YOU.”

Join us at Zivtech on Thursday, December 5, from 6 – 9pm. Space is limited to 25 attendees.

Men welcome as the +1 of an attendee identifying as a lady geek. No lady geek, no entrance, no exception.

Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia Winter 2013 (GGD PHL #10) Details

RSVP is Required
RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Geek-Dinners-Philadelphia/events/146662692/

Business Model-YOU Girl Geek Dinner #10
Join Natalie Nixon, Director of the Strategic Design MBA at Philadelphia University, as she leads you through the Business Model of You- tapping into both your left brain and right brain, this interactive workshop will leave you with a practical & fun guide that you can use to map your personal brand, your startup and your current organization.

Zivtech is located in The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1500.

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Our gracious host, Zivtech, will be providing food for us during the evening.

Big Thanks
A big thank you goes out to Zivtech for hosting and feeding us during the event and Natalie Nixon for bringing and sharing her expertise with us.

Can you bring a friend?
Yes! Just RSVP so s/he’s on the list. (Building security will need name at check-in.)

About Zivtech (Event Host)
Zivtech is an advanced open source web development, design, and training shop located in Philadelphia, PA. Our team specializes in building powerful and scalable web applications, implementing enterprise content management systems, and creating beautiful web-based design. We are passionate about Drupal, Alfresco, jQuery, Node.js, and Sass – as well as the entire open source movement.

If you have any questions or ideas, please reach out to us at info[at]ggdphl[dot]com. We look forward to meeting you!

New GGD Events!

21 Oct

Happy Hour this Thursday, Oct. 24 at Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant. RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Geek-Dinners-Philadelphia/events/144371582/

November Craft Night on Thursday Nov 7th. RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Geek-Dinners-Philadelphia/events/146670182/

Dinner #10: Business Model-You on December 5th. RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Geek-Dinners-Philadelphia/events/146662692/

Grassroots Game Conference: Women in Games – Social Hour

15 Oct

Join us for a social hour of networking at the First Unitarian Church after a day of great events!

The Grassroots Game Conference in Philadelphia is having a day dedicated to Women in Games on Wednesday, October 16, and Girl Geek Dinners has been given a free promo pass. If you’d like to attend, please message Nicole on the Meetup for the code to get you in for free!

Then, RSVP for also having a joint Grassroots Game Conference/Girl Develop It/Girl Geek Dinners snacks and drinks event afterwards at the church, so feel free to stop by at night to network.

RSVP for the social hour: http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Geek-Dinners-Philadelphia/events/145623852/

Great Upcoming Events at the Hactory

8 Oct

The Hacktory has a wearable electronics workshops series that builds up to their Annual Tech/Art Masquerade Party at Ruba Club in Philadelphia. The classes and dates are as follows:

October 12: Basic EL Wire costuming
October 22: Crafting in the 21st Century: Lasercut Fabric
October 26: Program a Blink-tastic Costume

So, if you’re bummed that Electric Run didn’t happen (yet) this year, or you’ve always had this nagging idea for a great costume that lights up, head over and start creating!

GGD PHL Dinner #10 – Call for Sponsors

7 Oct

Girl Geek Dinners Philadelphia is excited to announce its 10th dinner presentation to take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 but we need your help! GGD PHL is looking for a company interested in sponsoring our fall dinner. Is that you?

If interested or you would like more information, please contact info@ggdphl.com.