Nicole (Spagnolia) Licciardi is the Global Design Thinking Senior Manager for Mars, Inc., responsible for introducing innovative approaches and disruptive techniques through user centricity to all segments, functions and markets around the globe.
Nicole has grown up with digital, holding 7 years’ experience in the world of emerging and ever-changing technology. She is a strong believer that just because we live in an on-demand digital world doesn’t mean we can’t pick up good ol’ pen and paper to bring an idea to life. She has spent her career building businesses from the ground up to sustaining brands that millions love. Nicole is a true entrepreneur at heart. She never misses an opportunity to empathize with people and see if their needs can be translated into an innovation or opportunity. She thrives on defining strategy, creating brand expressions and the ability to drive scale. Due to her background in programming and eye for design, Nicole is able to strike the perfect balance of vision and execution to drive results
Nicole is a graduate of Seton Hall University from which she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology Management and Graphic Design. Nicole is an active alumnus participating in the mentorship program and volunteers with non-profit organization Girls Who Code. Most recently, she has represented Mars as a #WomanInSTEM and has a strong drive to educate and empower young women to get more involved in the field of technology.
Outside of her career, Nicole lives in New Jersey with her husband, Christian and their ridiculously cute dog, Bailey. Her deepest passion is art and she stays active through volleyball and kickboxing. Most recently, Nicole has made a travel list of 30 places to visit before turning 30 and been exploring her “green thumb” in the garden!