Nicole Thibodeau

Associate Professor of Accounting Practice

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Contact Information

1631 NE Broadway, no. 119
Portland  Oregon  97232


A corporate financial expert, advisor, educator and speaker, Nicole has 30 years of experience making numbers sing, dance, and rock. She has spent her career partnering with growth minded individuals to leverage talent, financial language and strategies for exponential growth and success. Her experience spans industries, borders, audiences and coasts and industries including manufacturing, distribution, architectural design and healthcare. She has mentored and inspired success in individuals from various leading public and private sector companies and organizations in Eastern Canada and the Pacific NW.
Through her consulting practice, Nthandco Management Consultants, Nicole partners with elite growth minded business owners, executives, managers and professionals to drive business, personal growth as well as wealth through strategic financial leadership (SFL®). Using “real costs”, strategic pricing and investing; she helps put owners, executives and financial teams in the driver’s seat.

As Associate Professor of Accounting Practice at Willamette University, Nicole works with MBA students to leverage their talents and numbers to become confident, fast acting decision makers and leaders across all forms of organizations. Since 1988, Nicole has taught various audiences including corporate executives, corporate counsels, finance and accounting professionals, government leaders, and HR professionals. Her most recent project involves partnering with the not-for-profit and philanthropic communities through a graduate philanthropic impact investment and leadership course using real dollars, a first of its kind in North America.

Nicole obtained her BBA in 1988 from Laval University, her CPA in 1990, and her PhD in 2003 from the University of Pittsburgh. Nicole is treasurer and partner of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Portland as well as past president of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Portland. Passionate about all things financial, she particularly enjoys working with people and thrives on business and physical challenges. In her spare time, you can find her pushing her limits in circus aerials, rafting, Bikram yoga and out in the open, cycling and motorcycling.


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • B.B.A., Laval University

Areas of Instruction

Accounting, Corporate Financial Management, and Investing for Impact

Willamette University

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.

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