LEADING THE CHARGE FOR
CARBON MONOXIDE PREVENTION,
SAFETY + AWARENESS IN SCHOOLS
In February 2020, my life changed forever when my two children suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at their Virginia Beach daycare. Since then, I've made headlines as an activist in the State of Virginia, succeeding in getting legislators to update archaic laws in support of safer schools.
But the fight isn't over: the lack of carbon monoxide education, tech solutions and lack of uniformity on a national level means we're all at risk. Learn more at Nikki's passion project to protect schools across the United States: www.CarbonMonoxideInSchools.org
PROVIDING COMMUNITY + RESOURCES
FOR MILITARY SPOUSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Frequent moves. Dreams on hold. Primary caregivers while often solo parenting. Highly educated but overqualified to work in many markets they're required to live in.
These obstacles, and many more, are an example of what military spouses (92 percent are women) face everyday. As a result of military life, where both the service member and spouse have little control over where and when they move, 90 percent of military spouses are underemployed, hovering at a 24 percent unemployment rate regularly.
I serve as a voice and leader in the military spouse entrepreneurship space, advocating for online and in person access to community, business resources and accountability networks in pursuit of entrepreneurship as a solution to the unemployment crisis.
THIS ISN'T THE END: CREATING A DIALOGUE
AROUND FINDING PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS AFTER CHRONIC ILLNESS DIAGNOSIS
In 2018, following a year + a half of a doctor’s visits for migratory pain + fatigue, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness: fibromyalgia (FMS).
Based on how I was feeling at the time, I questioned how I – one of the most ambitious and capable people I knew – could survive this.
What path would allow me to live my best new life, while still being able to provide financial support (not burden) to my family? I turned to entrepreneurship – and defined what success looked like to me, and how it could be achieved.
In 2022, Chronic Achievers Podcast comes to life, a series of conversations with those who are achieving success despite a chronic illness diagnosis. There aren’t enough of these stories being told. A lot of us are ashamed to tell others about an illness they can’t see, but we can feel.
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY BY SHARING THE POWER
OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
"Little girls with dreams become women with vision." When I was asked to be a mentor with the Envision Lead Grow program, I couldn't think of anything that aligned with my values more.
The 501c3's mission? Help middle school girls in underserved communities built their future through entrepreneurship, and be a part of the community that supports their success.
As a mentor with the ELG program, I work directly with a team of mentees to: (1) support the girls businesses and pursuits; (2) inspire young leaders to set and reach their goals; (3) serve as an accountability partner to keep girls on track for success; (4) dive into deep, engaged conversations related to navigating the curve balls thrown at them in life, and how to use that as fuel for their vision.