It Doesn’t Have to be Lonely at the Top



According to Pew Research Center, “The share of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies reached an all-time high of 7.4% in 2020, with 37 women heading major firms. No Black or Hispanic women head Fortune 500 companies, while three Asian American women serve as CEOs.”

Shout out to Nicole Lynn who has just become the first Black woman agent to represent an NFL quarterback (Jalen Hurst) in the Super Bowl. Hard pill to swallow that in 2023 we are still experiencing high numbers of women “firsts”. I want to celebrate their achievements and denounce the lack of opportunity at the same time.

  • Queen Bee Syndrome
  • Sucky Stereotypes
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Patriarchy
  • Glass Ceiling
  • Poverty

According to research published online by Zippia, “Women represent 58.4% of the US workforce as of September 2022 but only held 35% of senior leadership positions.”

As a Black woman, single mother, first-generation college student (undergraduate and graduate), and first-generation manager and entrepreneur, I have figured lots of things out by trial and error. I have often felt isolated, misunderstood, and apprehensive. What has always worked for me and brought me back to my center is sisterhood. I was never truly alone.

The Golden Gap Gender Report of 2020 states that “In 2020, women who earned a master’s degree had an average salary of $72,568 in the United States, while men who achieved the same level of education earned an average of $117,617.”

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “It’s lonely at the top”. Many of us have encountered experiences – our own or someone else’s – that confirm that stance. I am here today to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.

It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top. You don’t have to be the only one at the table.

You are not the only one with certain experiences nor do you have to navigate common workplace challenges alone.

I am here to support you – as a coach, mentor, cheerleader, trainer, sister friend, and accountability partner. I GOT YOU!

Together we can elevate your career to new heights, squash imposter syndrome, and package your experience and skills to command the money that you deserve. Sisterhood is self-care. We Can Do This!

The On My Terms private coaching program takes women leaders through my 3 step Strategic Career Management career coaching framework – Clarity, Credibility, Congruency – with discussion and activities to enhance personal, professional, and leadership skills. Work one-on-one with me in the program to focus on common career challenges including mindset, confidence, job search strategy, brand development, networking, and interviewing.

My signature BE A LADY leadership program modules will allow you to:

  1. Define Success on Your Own Terms
  2. Position Yourself as a Leader
  3. Lead with Authenticity
  4. Accelerate Your Career

I have opened 6 slots for On My Terms private coaching clients. One of them has your name on it.

On my Terms Coaching Package Details:

  • Customized plans and assignments
  • Leadership style assessment
  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Check-in between sessions (either via phone, email, or text as needed)
  • Special Bonuses


 If you have enrollment questions, I am here to answer them.

NOTICE: There are only 6 coaching slots available.




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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