Nikki McGruder discusses race in America and how it relates to our insecurities

About the speaker

Since May of 2018, Nikki has served as Director of the Inclusive Impact Institute; an innovative institute strategically creating diverse and inclusive communities through collaboration, education and engagement. Prior to the creation of this new community endeavor, Nikki served for more than three years as Regional Manager of the Columbia Branch of the Diversity Awareness Partnership. Columbia was the first branch that the Diversity Awareness Partnership had ventured out into over the course of its 17 years of service in the St. Louis community.

Under Nikki’s leadership in diversity and inclusion work in the Columbia community, thousands of community members have been reached as well as several businesses and organizations through inclusive events, training, and community dialogues.

In January 2018, Nikki, in partnership with several key business and community leaders within Boone County, launched Inclusive Excellence Boone County. This endeavor was launched to assist businesses with the implementation of the Inclusive Excellence Framework within their respective organizations and community members with the journey toward identifying and mitigating biases.

Nikki’s professional experience includes working with leading recruitment process outsourcing firm, Cielo, in the recruiting and hiring of top candidates for technology, pharmaceutical and finance positions. The bulk of her professional experience, however, had been with Edward Jones Investments where Nikki served in various capacities over a 10 year time frame.

Nikki received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Columbia College in Columbia, MO, and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.

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