I Didn’t Want to Call Myself a Social Work Career Coach



Let me reintroduce myself.

My name is Nicki Sanders. I am a master’s level social worker and the Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting. I am a Social Work Career Coach for high-performing Women of Color in Social Work leadership. I am a high-performing Black woman. I have been a hiring manager and in leadership for 15 years. I am a college professor and mentor.

My personal leadership philosophy is that:

  1. Leadership is a privilege
  2. Leadership is about impact and influence, not a title
  3. Leadership is earned, not taken
  4. Leadership is about transformation, not transactions
  5. Great leaders create more great leaders

I love social work and the variety of opportunities available in the social work profession.

I believe that you are a brand, and your career is your business. I recognize that Women of Color in social work leadership struggle with doubt and visibility in the workplace. As a Black woman in social work leadership who previously dimmed her light, I am passionate about helping high-performing women social workers in leadership increase their confidence, honor their achievements, and level up in their careers. It’s time to stand in our power and mind the business that pays us.

Want to know why I didn’t want to call myself a Social Work Career Coach? Well, today, I decided to share another audio blog post. Check it out to learn why and feel free to share your thoughts.

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Nicki Sanders, MSW, ushers high-performing women of color in mid-level social work and human services leadership through promotion to senior leadership. 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. 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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