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Dr. Nika White’s professional career spans about 20 years, ranging from serving as a diversity and inclusion practitioner, an accomplished marketing communications executive, economic development leader and community advocate. Dr. White found inspiration through the intersection of business, diversity and leadership, and has made this her niche. She is a national sought after consultant, thought leader, and speaker to countless organizations and executives on issues of team engagement, organizational leadership, strategic diversity, and
Dr. Nika White’s professional career spans about 20 years, ranging from serving as a diversity and inclusion practitioner, an accomplished marketing communications executive, economic development leader and community advocate. Dr. White found inspiration through the intersection of business, diversity and leadership, and has made this her niche. She is a national sought after consultant, thought leader, and speaker to countless organizations and executives on issues of team engagement, organizational leadership, strategic diversity, and intentional inclusion.
Dr. White serves as the Senior Advisor to the Greenville Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and is responsible for creating and collaboratively implementing an overarching diversity strategy for the Greenville Chamber as an extension of the executive team. In this role, Dr. White designs and oversees initiatives that develop and promote inclusion of diverse businesses in the economic activities of Upstate South Carolina. Since taking on the position, Dr. White has helped the Greenville Chamber gain the recognition of the Organization of the Year from the Minority of Economic Development Institute, 2014 Palmetto Visions Award Recipient for Excellence in Workplace Diversity presented by SC Chamber of Commerce, 2014 Excellence in Diversity Award Recipient presented by Greenville Society of Human Resources Management (GSHRM) and a national platform as a leader in the space of diversity inclusion recognized by American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Dr. White demonstrates her influence in the marketplace and the community with awards like SC Career Woman of the Year, SC Upstate Business Journal Who’s Who, US Small Business Association’s SC Minority Business Advocate of the Year, Greenville Business Magazine 50 Most Influential, and national recognition by The Network Journal Magazine as Top 40 Under 40 Leaders and Diversity MBA Magazine as Top 100 Under 50 Executives. Dr. White is the author of “The Intentional Inclusionist™” a book for leaders who want to grow as inclusion-minded individuals and exercise their leadership to enhance the workplace, build up communities, and have a positive impact on any circle of influence to which they belong. This book, inspired by philosophies of leadership and inclusion, contains principles to help individuals become more intentional in how diversity and inclusion is understood and practiced at the individual level. The book is designed to help leaders recognize that collective efforts one person at a time can change the way the entire world looks at human difference.
As former Management Supervisor and Diversity Manager at Erwin Penland, South Carolina’s largest marketing firm with offices in both New York and Greenville, SC, Dr. White led teams of peers in brand development, strategic marketing and advertising campaign creations for a variety of regional, national and international clients including Verizon Wireless, Advance America, A.T. Cross, Wells Fargo, Culligan Water, and L’eggs. Dr. White’s work in advertising and marketing extended to the area of diversity and inclusion where she helped to ensure diversity practices were threaded through the fabric of the organization. The culmination of her efforts came when she led the formation of EP’s Diversity & Inclusion Council to foster effective diversity management practices and promote an environment of acceptance and inclusion. Dr. White knew that her work in the diversity and inclusion space both professionally and personally would lead her to a full-time career in this discipline. Dr. White lends her expertise and passion for public speaking to consult and advocate for strategic and intentional diversity and inclusion practices as a key function of leadership. The impact of Dr. White’s work extends to communities, cities, and organizations throughout the United States.
Dr. White earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in advertising and public relations and a Masters of Education where her focus was on adult learning, corporate training, and distance education. Dr. White also earned her Doctor of Management in Organizational leadership.
We thoroughly enjoyed your presentation last night about Choosing Your Path. I knew it would be time well spent. You certainly caused my wheels to start turning and they are still operating at top speed. It is your passion, expertise and intentionality that is desired. Thank you again for a wonderful evening and education imparted from your heart.- Mary Beth Lampe , HR Director, ReWa
I was one of the leaders you presented to at the Self Regional Healthcare LDI on last week. First let me say, you did a fantastic job! I was absolutely moved and inspired by the information you presented.- Selynto Anderson, Community Prevention & Wellness Services Manager, Self Regional
Dr. Nika, I just want to let you know that the Intentional Inclusionist movement and your expertise is life changing. You are truly a gate keeper for our communities & culture and I couldn’t thank you enough for the opportunities that you have provided me & others. You’re truly a blessing of God, and I don’t think there could be a better well diverse and educated person in your position. Anything that I can do to help you empower what you are already doing; considering my vision is embedded in your movement, I am all for it. Just the little time I’ve been around you and involved, you’ve helped me grow to a clearer understanding in many ways. I just want to say thank you, and I can’t wait until what you’re doing captivates this city & Ultimately the world; please continue to be a Leader, because the world needs more people like you!- Jerry Blandin , Realtor
It was a pleasure to have Nika speak at our Regional Retreat for the Charlotte and Atlanta fundraising offices for ALSAC/St. Jude. Nika led our Diversity and Inclusion segment and provided great content and insight for the group. Within our line of work we interact with many colleagues but also engage with donors, corporations, volunteers and supporters. Nika’s presentation offered an additional perspective and allowed the group to think about diversity and inclusion in a much broader sense and how we can apply this within our jobs and everyday lives. The conversation was a great reminder that diversity is not limited to just race, sex and religion but also includes age, education level, family dynamics and much more. One takeaway the group seemed to unanimously agree on was that we should never change who we are based on the environment that we are in. I highly recommend Nika as a speaker and appreciate her for sharing her knowledge and time with our group!- Maya G Smith, Senior Regional Development Representative, ALSAC
Nika, thank you for speaking to our Women in Leadership group today. I heard so many positive comments from the mentees following the session. You gave each of us takeaways that we can utilize to improve our personal brand and incorporate into our everyday lives – personally and professionally. And, thank you for instilling confidence and courage to your fellow women professionals.I look forward to reading your book!!- Kelly Carson , Sr. Relationship Manager, TD Bank
Phenomenal job selecting the speaker. She was awesome and the agenda pushed people to talk about topics that are normally off the table to discuss. She pushed most of us out of our comfort zone and ensured we spoke about important items in a “safe” environment.- Latondra Bennett, Employee Resoure Manager, GE
Your presentation was relevant, informative and dynamic (according to many attendees). Thank you for taking time to speak to the group. Your presentation was well received by all, and matched my vision perfectly.- Les Echols, Community and Minority Enterprise Director, Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce
Nika White is a prolific speaker that will capture your attention, inform your mind, and give you a strategy to help you or your business tackle tough issues. She was the Keynote Speaker for the African American Elected Official’s Prayer Breakfast and addressed the audience and politicians with facts, figures, information, inspiration, and ideas for collaboration. I’m happy to know her and excited for her future.- Sean Dogan , Pastor, Long Branch Baptist Church in Greenville
Nika presented “Navigating Your Career Towards Leadership” at the Junior League of Greenville’s Leadership Education & Development (LEAD) monthly speaker series, and this was her second presentation to our group because we received such positive feedback after her first presentation. Using a combination of personal experiences, antidotes of peers, research, and statistics, her presentation was highly engaging and informative. Nika is an energetic and personable speaker, and she left the audience feeling inspired! I highly recommend her as a speaker.- Whiteny Hanna, Junior League
Long before we met, I observed you as a woman of great excellence and poise. I must say, that after a personal encounter with you I was grateful to be connected to you. Thank you for your words of wisdom yesterday. You impacted us greatly. Your words to us were intentionally chosen and they were potent. You are a powerful voice. I honor you this day as a Woman of Greatness.- Alfreda Coleman , Founder, Genuinely Zoe
The ladies of Lockheed Martin’s Women’s Enrichment Network (EWN) were honored to fulfill our obligation on March 26, 2015 of promoting professional development and advancement of women in the workplace through a lunch and learn with a dynamic speaker, Nika White, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Her message was centered around being comfortable in your own skin and being your own advocate. To be able to do this you need a lot of self-confidence, and thus the ability to ask for what you want in your career.
One way to get to this point is to take on responsibility for the next role you want to move into by having an advocate and/or sponsor. You should seek out a mentor by having a defined relationship, and set up goals for the mentoring relationship. You need to share your failures with your mentor to help you grow. You need to take risks and own your own value. One piece of advice that really stuck with me is when she shared to consider applying for career positions for interview opportunities. This will help develop that area of your career whether you get the job or not. This can be applied to internal and external career opportunities. Life lessons that women can take to heart!- Valerie Chatman, Women’s Enrichment Network (WEN), Lockheed Martin
When I envisioned our Furman University women’s basketball “Life After Basketball” program, an event that enhances our student-athletes’ networking and interviewing skills, I knew I wanted to aim at securing Greenville’s top CEOs, business, and civic leaders to speak. I wanted a cast of leaders that our ladies could admire and receive trusted advice and guidance. During my search, Nika’s name constantly emerged as an outstanding speaker and civic leader in the Greenville community. She was everything I envisioned and more. She equipped our ladies with knowledge, tips, and sound advice on how to be successful during interviews and networking events. Following the event, she continued to suggest and encourage additional events and resources that would further enrich our ladies. I would highly suggest Nika to anyone who seeks a dynamic speaker that can touch and teach any audience she encounters.- Jackie Carson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Furman University
Nika White is a consummate professional! Her dynamic presentation style and authenticity offered the audience of our “Connection’s Women Leaders of the Upstate at Furman University” the opportunity to learn from her expert knowledge on Leadership Diversity and how to apply real world solutions daily in their corporate roles. Nika’s passion for education and her sincere desire to help others engages her audience and create such a positive environment for everyone involved. Nika, we look forward to your next powerful presentation!- Victoria Kirby, Director at the Center for Corporate and Professional Development, Furman University
If you are looking for someone to provide knowledge and insight into the diversity and inclusion paradigm, a person who can provide a measured yet passionate appeal to what makes D&I an imperative and not simply a luxury, Nika is the perfect choice. As the keynote for the NC Minority and Women Business Enterprise Coordinators’ Network Conference, she challenged our members to continue the work and used examples from her own experiences to demonstrate the impact of economic inclusion. Intelligent and wise, Nika is a thought-leader grounded in practicality. Her star will continue to rise.- Denisha Harris , City of Greenville, NC
It was a pleasure to have Nika come to 3M and speak! Several people came to me and personally stated how much they enjoyed learning about the Diversity & Inclusion opportunities that the Greenville Chamber provides to the community. Nika also received accolades about being a passionate speaker, great presenter and advisor!- MarTia L. Adams, Product Engineer, 3M
• Women’s Leadership & Empowerment
• Multicultural Leadership & Empowerment
• Diversity and Inclusion Management
• Strategic Diversity & Intentional Inclusion
• Economic Inclusion
• Multigenerational Work Force
• Intercultural Training & Cultural Competency
• Organizational Structures and Processes that Promote Inclusionary Environments
• Diversity Talent Recruitment & Retention
• Role of Executives in Fostering Inclusive Environments
MIB Awards Banquet Keynote
Nika White, the keynote speaker, focused on Intentional Inclusion.
Uphill Conversations Podcast
“Be sure that as you are climbing, you are lifting others.” Conversation on facing our own biases, inclusion, passion and curiosity.
American Diversity Report: The Intentional Inclusionist
Nika was interviewed on American Diversity Report.
PRESS RELEASE: Book Tour “The Intentional Inclusionist™”
Dr. Nika White Launches Book Tour for “The Intentional Inclusionist™”
UBJ honors Nika White as Who’s Who (video)
Top 40 Under 40
The Network Journal features Nika White as Top 40 Under 40 Honoree (video)
Watch Engaging Diversity and Inclusion 1.0 and Engaging Diversity and Inclusion 2.0 by Dr. Nika White
Personal Strategic Planning
Creating your Personal Strategic Plan by Dr. Nika White
A Passion & Pursuit for Diversity
Huffington Post features Nika White: A Tale of Passion and Pursuit of a More Diverse and Inclusive US
Nika White: Who’s on the Move
Nika White received two special honors for her work as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at the Greenville Chamber.
Featured in Diversity Works SC
Nika White was featured in The Impact of Economic Inclusion: Page 4.
Nika Contributes to UBJ
Nika White contributed an article about The Impact of Economic Inclusion to the Upstate Business Journal.
Nika Featured in Stories of the Upstate
Nika White is featured in Stories of the Upstate with “I was a Curious Child.”
Moderator of Sheriff’s Forum
Nika White moderates Greenville County Sheriff’s Forum – a feature in the Greenville News.
Nika White: Forty Under 40
Nika White awarded Forty Under 40!
Kappa Alpha Psi honoree
Greenville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will honor local pastor and chamber executive – featured in Greenville Online.
Chamber Sponsors Diversity Event
Chamber to Sponsor Daylong Event on Diversity, featured in SCNow.Com: Morning News Online.
Nika White: Engaging Diverse America
South Carolina Public Relations Society of America features SCPRSA Diversity Event.
Greenville Chamber’s New Initiative
Greenville Chamber Rolls Out New Diversity and Inclusion Initiative with Nika White as VP of Diversity and Inclusion.
Upstate Business Journal: Diversity Recruitment Consortium Launches
Minority Business Accelerator
Upstate Business Journal features: Chamber Moves on Minority-Focused Accelerator.
Upstate’s Crystal Ball
What’s in the Upstate’s Crystal Ball, featured in the Upstate Business Journal.
ACE Event Urges More Diversity in Business with Nika White, featured on Greenville Online.
Nika White, New Chamber VP
Greenville Chamber Vice Presidents, Hank Hyatt and Nika White, Selected by American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Nika White: Dream Team
Greenville’s Dream Team Help Move Community Forward, featured on Greenville Online.
Nationwide Hashtag Lunchbag with Nika White is featured on Greenville Online.
Upstate Business Journal features Nika White in Groups Aim to Fill ‘Mentorship Gap’
Upstate International: Celebrating the Diverse Businesses and Cultures, featured in Greenville Business Magazine.
Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award
Greenville Chamber Receives Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award
Excellence in Diversity Award
Greenville Chamber and Nika White is Honored with Excellence in Diversity Award, Millennium Magazine.
Nika White: Millennium Magazine
Nika White, Greenville Chamber’s VP of Diversity and Inclusion
Nika White: Fox News Latino
Mentors like Nika White Help Minority Companies Accelerate Growth
SBA, Savvy, Modern Day Queens Honors
Nika White Receives honored by Small Business Administration, Modern Day Queens and SAVVY.
Soap Box Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s Minority Business Accelerator is Model For Economic Inclusion, featuring Nika White.
Small Business Development Center Award
Nika White featured in Salute to Small Business.
Nika White in Business Black Box
Nika White featured in Business Black Box Magazine.
Small Business & Advocacy Award
U.S Small Business Association (SBA) Announces Winners of the 2015 S.C. Small Business & Advocacy Awards.
Nika White Honored by SBA
Greenville Chamber’s Nika White Receives Honors From the SBA in Millennium Magazine.
Who’s Who 2015
Who’s Who 2015 Nika White, The Wildcard, Upstate Business Journal
Greenville Chamber Quarterly Update
Quarterly Update: Greenville Chamber of Commerce in Greenville Business Magazine.
MidlandsBiz Vimeo of Nika White
Nika White, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce from MidlandsBiz on Vimeo.
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