Conversations on Social Work Careers with Nicki Sanders



I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Social Worker and Career Coach Jennifer Luna for The New Social Worker Magazine’s Conversations on Social Work Careers.

Grateful that I was able to share my ideas and strategies for building a successful, long-term social work career as well as encourage other social workers to embrace the power of their education, experience, and expertise.

You know my social work philosophy:

  • Define social work career success on your own terms.
  • Social workers do not take a vow of poverty.
  • Social work skills are high-income skills.
  • Social work skills are highly transferable.
  • Professional burnout is not a rite of passage.

You can listen to the episode here –  Conversations on Social Work Careers: Nicki Sanders

I don’t take for granted my privilege to support high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. I am honored that as a social work career empowerment coach, I have the opportunity to help my clients develop the confidence, competence, and credibility to lead with authenticity and boldness. I’m here for you if you are ready to take your social work leadership career to the next level. My goal is that you, as a social worker, are empowered to believe that you can do anything that you want to do with your social work degree.

I invite you to APPLY to join my On My Terms Leadership Development Coaching Program or schedule a 15-minute consultation to discuss your specific needs if you are also ready to tackle your big dream and start to build your career legacy.


THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER®, the social work careers magazine, has been published since 1994. It provides practical articles on social work students, social work ethics, field placement, practice issues, practice specialties, technology in social work, book reviews, and more. The magazine for social work students, recent graduates, and others interested in the social work profession, was founded by Linda May Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW.

Jennifer Luna, MSSW, writes about social work career development. Jennifer is a social worker, career coach, keynote speaker, and trainer. She serves as Director of the DiNitto Center for Career Services at the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, nationally recognized as a model Social Work Career Services program. Jennifer utilizes a collaborative yet strategic coaching approach to assist social workers in identifying their strongest skills, areas of knowledge, key strengths, and leadership characteristics. Jennifer has been invited to present regionally and nationally on career development topics, including personal branding, career development, and the professional development cycle for social workers. She currently serves as the Chair of the Consortium of Career Development in Social Work Education. In addition to her work with the University, she provides individual consultation to professionals seeking employment in the nonprofit and public human services sector, as well as the academic job market.




Nicki Sanders, MSW, supports high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams, volunteer recruitment and retention, and social impact programming. 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 and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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