Nika Stelman
Alumna-in-Residence; Instructor
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Nika Stelman is the Alumna-in-Residence at the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She is instructor for GATE’s undergraduate (Commerce) elective course “Designing for Equality.”

Nika is Chief of Staff at BenchSCi. A design thinking expert, she was previously Director of Design Strategy at Bridgeable, a strategic design firm focused on helping clients bridge the gap between what is know about a complex problem and how it can be solved.

Nika has extensive experience in business design consulting, and has worked with clients, including Deloitte, Loblaws, Telus, as well as various start-ups, not for profits, and educational institutions. In this work, Nika leverages methods from both visual design and business fields to create game-changing solutions that are desirable, feasible, and viable. Nika previously worked as a consultant at KK&P, the leading problem-solver for food-related enterprises, programs, and policies in the United States.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, educated and trained in Toronto and New York, Nika holds a MBA from Rotman School of Management specializing in Business Design and a BBA in Strategic Design & Management from Parsons School of Design. While at Rotman, Nika was the President of the Women in Management Association, and an Executive on the Business Design Club. Currently, Nika also volunteers as a Peer Group Advisor for Forté Foundation’s MBALaunch Program – an international not-for-profit that supports women who are interested in pursuing a MBA.