About Me

Career Highlights:

  • I have over 20 years of direct service experience in case management, program planning, community engagement, and group facilitation.
  • As a senior manager, I have hired, trained, and supervised direct service staff, interns, and volunteers for over 15 years.
  • I have been teaching as an adjunct professor since 2014.

Education Highlights:

  • I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University).
  • I earned my Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Organization and a specialization in Social Action and Community Development

Entrepreneurship Highlights:

  • I am 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 Leadership Consultant committed to organizational and employee wellness

Legacy Building:

My social work career fulfillment includes building an intergenerational community on acres of farmland where community economic development, vocational training and health and wellness are central

Personal Highlights:

  • I have LOVED New Edition since I heard Candy Girl in 1983
  • I am a music lover who loves 80's hip hop (LL Cool J), 90's R&B (Babyface), and gospel (Fred Hammond)
  • Reading is the ultimate self-care for me
  • I love summer weather (I will take hazy, hot, and humid over snow any day of the year)
  • I love spending time outdoors near grass, trees, and flowing streams
  • I super love cupcakes and have eaten a cupcake in Washington, DC, and 16 of the 19 states where I've visited (now I seek dairy-free and gluten-free cupcakes)
  • I really do run on cupcakes and Jesus
  • I love to travel and consider my birthday a national holiday that should be celebrated with a great trip

My Love Letter To Women of Color in Social Work Leadership 

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13 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Phyllis H. Lewis

    Wish I’d had you and your services for my grandson from beginning of 9th grade!!! Ian just finished his first semester at Frostburg U. with a 2.8 GPA. He did just fine away from his Mom and me! Please continue your work with our youngsters, they are worth it.

    1. You were such an amazing teacher and an AWESOME supporter. Thank you for decades of encouragement and for continuing to work on behalf of your grandson Ian and all youth!

  2. I follow you on twitter and I just love what you do and what you stand for. Our children need a voice and you are that voice. Many, many, many students do not have direction; therefore their decision making is blurred. You give them direction and guidance. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you Sheri. I am grateful to be able to have a platform to speak out for our children and help guide them toward purposeful decision making.

      And I am definitely following your awesome work as well!

  3. LaToniya A. Jones

    Your work is valued from afar! I will support you in any way that I can. I love the Pack a Purse Drive! Keep me posted about if you decide to host it before the Christmas Season. I will share your information with my Michigan contacts. Kudos on walking the walk!!!

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I am following you on Twitter and am inspired by your work as well. I look forward to staying connected and will definitely keep you posted on the Pack A Purse. Wishing you continued success. — Nicki

  4. Connie McBryde-Keith

    Nicki, you are such an inspiration! I am so proud of you and your work! You are making such a difference, I’m sure you don’t even know! Keep up the good work. The world is a scary and sometimes dangerous place for our youth and having a solid, positive mentor/support system is CRITICAL. I pray for the continued success of all your endeavors.

  5. I tell you I am so Proud of you, You don’t just think about it you find a way to make it work, Most & best of it is that it’s not just for You it’s for others more so, Big Blessing to you for what You Do, Much Love..

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