Yes, It Happens to Me Too



Text message conversation with a client this morning:

Client: “You probably don’t have this issue considering you’re an educator but I’ll ask anyway. Do you have a time figuring out what to write for your accomplishments because you don’t receive it as that because it’s a regular part of your job?”

Me: “Absolutely, Everyone has and does. We’ve been taught to be humble and not brag and also that work should be hard so the things we do well or do easily/naturally we downplay. You are not alone.”

Client: “whew!!!!! What a relief to know I’m not alone!!!!! Just read my supervisor’s email to have this done by next Tuesday but I’ll get it done.

Me: You got this!!

Client: Emojis — thumbs up, smiley face, praying hands


On a discovery call yesterday, the new 2023 MSW I was speaking to said she wanted “to cry” because I validated her experience and goals. I get that quite a bit actually.

The reason why I do what I do the way that I do it is because I have been the professional who made a habit of prioritizing others, playing small, dimming my light, code-switching, and doing what I’m good at instead of doing what sets my soul on fire and I don’t want that for my client.

  • I am my own case study.
  • My life is my message.
  • I practice what I preach and lead by example.
  • I am committed to lifting as I climb!

I am a Social Work Career Empowerment Coach committed to eliminating the old narrow view of social work. My goal is that you, as a social worker, are empowered to believe that you can do anything that you want to do with your social work degree. I specialize in helping high-performing Women of Color in social work leadership achieve career fulfillment by getting clear on what they want, elevating their confidence, and centering their accomplishments. In addition to empowerment and encouragement, I offer strategies, support, and resources to help social workers achieve career fulfillment.


If you are ready to go to your next level personally and professionally, I’m ready to support you! You are not alone!

If you are in need of career coaching, professional development training for leaders, or interviewees, panelists, or guest speakers for your platform/event, schedule a free 20-minute consultation to discover how I can bring new energy, excitement, and empowerment to your audience.



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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