Conversation with Nicki Sanders: Give Yourself Permission



“There’s life back in your face.”

That’s what my friend and colleague said to me at our first lunch after leaving my job. I wish I could tell you that I didn’t hear the same version of that sentence with everyone I reconnected with.

  • “OMG you look so happy.”
  • “I can see you made the best decision.”
  • “You look like yourself again.”
  • “You’re smiling again.”

I had let my toxic workplace suck the life out of me! My smile was gone and my tank was empty. I experienced both compassion fatigue and professional burnout. I was a shell of myself…until I walked out the door and reclaimed my power and peace. Truth be told, I also had to rebuild some confidence.

And…walking away wasn’t easy. It felt like a divorce, not a job separation. Very few coaches talk about how we can become emotionally attached to our jobs and how that impacts our self-image, performance, and ability to prioritize our needs. This toxic loyalty is something I will cover in the August 2021 Conversation with Nicki Sanders and is a key topic in the Uplevel Your Position Program.

If you are barely surviving in a toxic workplace, give yourself permission to leave. If you could use support from someone who has been there and other awesome women cheerleaders, then I invite you to register for the Uplevel Your Position Program. We launch on September 13th.



Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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