My Social Work Month Rebirth?



I really do love social work.

I am speaking with social work students next week. I will also be a main speaker for Minds Over Matter LLC’s Social Work Month Festival. I am honored that I was also able to take part in a livestream leading up to the Social Work Month Festival this past Sunday to discuss consulting (and a few other things).

Social Work Months ends next week. Each March since 2018, I have published a Social Work Month Blog Series. This year my plan was to interview women in social work education. I had great interviewees lined up, but the timing just hasn’t felt quite right. When I feel myself drift into this type of space I always pause and ask myself if I am procrastinating out of fear or if elevation is occurring. I believe that I am in the midst of continual elevation.

This social work month is different. It almost feels like I’m in a social work rebirth. There are so many ideas running through my mind that I’ve been staying up later at night and waking with the need to grab a pen and paper for a brain dump.

Spring is in the air, and I feel like I am blossoming. The days are longer, and the weather is warmer, so I want to be outdoors. I want to experience the freedom of nature and the freedom of doing work that I love in the way that I love it. Maybe I also feel a release of the weight of the pandemic in a new way.

I’m considering whether Conversations with Nicki Sanders will focus only on women in social work going forward.

I’m wondering if I will still get those social work educator interviews in by the end of the month. I want to give my all. My interviewees deserve my all in. I will not disrespect their time and experience by conducting an interview just because it’s the expectation. The beauty of the conversations is the connection and sincerity.

I’m wondering if I will finally do a YouTube channel or podcast. I have so much that I want to share.

I feel more authenticity. I feel more excited. I feel more focused. I feel more transparency. I feel more empowered.

I still have the resources and knowledge to support women in human services leadership – public health, counseling, education, public policy – and they’re welcome to join me on this career advancement journey, but I’m returning to my roots.

Yep, I am definitely in the midst of a social work rebirth.



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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