My 2022 Career Elevation Continues



Welcome to August 2022! Happy New Month!

Yesterday (7/31/22), I delivered the final episode of my Cupcakes and Conversations with Nicki Sanders monthly feature. The date and time had not worked for me for months and I knew that part of the reason was that I was being prodded to make changed but I was ignoring the signs. I feel a sense of relief and excitement.

Last June (6/30/21), I published the final episode of Conversations with Nicki Sanders’s monthly interview with an awesome woman leader. I absolutely loved doing those interviews. I went from writing only to recording and posting audio interviews, but even that had begun to feel restrictive.  I was being nudged to elevate the interviews in a way I hadn’t yet decided upon – or wasn’t ready for.

As I live and love the last months of my forties, I am embracing clarity, credibility, and congruency. Remember, I said I would not lead you where I have not gone!

As I consider my word for the year – elevation – there will likely be additional changes to my business and services to reflect my unique experiences and authenticity.

Where Is Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting headed?


I am a Social Work Career Coach for high-performing Women of Color who have been in social work leadership for at least 2 years. I recognize that brilliant 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 and became emotionally attached to her job, I am passionate about helping high-performing women social work leaders of color increase their confidence, honor their achievements, and level up in their careers.

I utilize my social work skills and education as a leadership consultant supporting organizations in transforming 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.


Entrepreneurship is a career. I’m committed to transformation – going deeper with my clients instead of wider and creating safe spaces that encourage self-discovery, collaboration, professional development, and career fulfillment.

  • I am a Black woman with a master’s degree in social work who has experienced professional burnout and compassion fatigue as a high-performing leader.
  • I’ve been in leadership since 2007
  • I’ve worked in toxic environments and amazing workplaces
  • I’ve navigated microaggressions and rejected harmful stereotypes
  • I’ve accepted first salary offers and also negotiated salaries
  • I’ve had great leaders and not-so-great leaders
  • I’ve taught, mentored, and supervised women in leadership
  • I’ve personally committed to leaving workplaces better than when I entered them by increasing employee engagement, retention, and morale
  • I am proud of the amazing connections I have built with my teams
  • I’ve worked with clients who are college students, entry-level employees, new leaders, nonprofit executives, government employees, and entrepreneurs


For years I have been stating that macro social work is social work and encouraging social workers to define success on their own terms. I have boasted about the diversity and possibility of the social work profession. I have encouraged us to eliminate the old, narrow views of social work and embrace the many ways we can impact the world. Because I will never point you down a path that I am unwilling to travel, I am connecting my interest, goals, and passion for community, farm life, sustainability, food security, wellness, travel, education, and business into my unique combination of macro social work and eco-social work.

If you are ready to elevate in your leadership career but you are still contemplating your next move, let’s chat. I would love to support you as you uplevel your career.




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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