Grateful For Those Who Paved The Way



Today is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is more than the unofficial start to summer. It is a day to remember the fallen soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom and democracy we enjoy here in the United States. I am grateful for their sacrifice as I understand that freedom isn’t free.

As a Black woman in social work leadership, I understand that politics is life and social work is an oppressive system that we must actively hold accountable to live up to its ideals. That I am able to be a part of the solution because of the sacrifice of those we honor today.

Although America hasn’t fully lived up to her promise of liberty and justice for all, I am aware that even as a Black woman in this country, I experience higher levels of liberation than people all over the world. I also understand that soldiers and military personnel aren’t the only persons who paid the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. I am grateful for my ancestors and forefathers. I am grateful for those who paved the way for me to be able to vote, own property as a single woman, get an advanced degree, drive a car, start a business, and travel the globe.

I am filled with gratitude.



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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