Nicole DeFalco

Instructional Design

Nicole DeFalco


Nicole De Falco is a faculty member at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where she is an instructional designer and experienced facilitator. She has been instrumental in the development of innovative training programs, marketing pieces, presentations, and team productivity sessions designed to positively impact the achievement of corporate objectives.

Nicole is a partner in Upsurge Advisors, which offers programs in cultivating business relationships and coaching for performance. She also owns her own company, Write Influence, which offers customized training programs, facilitation, instructional design, and change management services. She serves as a director of Ascendis Learning Connection at Drake Resource Group. She has been a Vice President of an international sales consultancy, and has managed two financial services agencies. She has also served as the Change Management coordinator for a strategic Environmental Health and Safety SAP implementation.

Throughout her career, Nicole has been involved in all aspects of performance improvement consulting. Her areas of expertise include influence without authority, team development, and sales effectiveness.  

Business Leader Faculty® Since 2011

Professional Experience


Upsurge Advisors


Write Influence

Director of Ascendis Learning Connection

Drake Resource Group


University of Chicago

Master in Business Administration

Northwestern University

Bachelor of Science