Dr. Nika White is a national authority and fearless advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an award-winning management and leadership consultant, keynote speaker, published author, and executive practitioner for DEI efforts across business, government, non-profit, and education, Dr. White helps organizations break barriers and integrate DEI into their business frameworks. Her work has led to designation by Forbes as a Top10 D&I Trailblazer.
Over her 20+ years of leadership, Dr. White has worked with over 200 corporate, educational, government, and non-profit brands, managed over $200 million in business assets for her clients, and written two books on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has presented over 200 keynote speeches and presentations across the country on issues such as team engagement, organizational leadership, strategic diversity, race equity, and intentional inclusion. Dr. White’s talks bring a mixture of expertise, passion, vision, and authentic style to create holistic takeaways for audiences.
The heart of Dr. White’s work addresses the ability to create transformative environments with intentionality around inclusion. She helps create professional spaces where people can collaborate through a lens of compassion, empathy, and understanding. Dr. White is the author of two books: “The Intentional Inclusionist®” and “Next Level Inclusionist: Transforming Your Work and Yourself for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Success.”
Dr. White believes in belongingness – giving voice to those who may not have had a voice before.
The heart of Dr. White’s work is around being able to create transformative environments with intentionality around inclusion. She helps create professional spaces where people can collaborate through a lens of compassion, empathy, and understanding.
Dr. White grew up in South Carolina and spent most of her adult life in Greenville––a town historically known for its discrimination and the last county in the United States to officially recognize MLK Day as a holiday. At a time of intense division and adversity, Nika and a group of change makers founded the MLK Dream Weekend, where Martin Luther King Jr’s daughter, Dr. Bernice King was the keynote speaker. Over the years, Nika became Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Greenville Chamber, transforming the city and creating a model that chambers across the nation would follow and call upon to implement best DEI practices. Colleagues and clients often call Nika the “inequity disruptor”–– and she’s known for treating DEI not as just a job responsibility, but a vital leadership function.
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Dr. White has been featured in FORBES, Greenville Business Magazine, Upstate Business Journal, DiversityWorks, Entrepreneur Magazine, Diversity Professional, The Network Journal, Diversity MBA, and more. Nika earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and PR from the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism, a Masters of Education with a focus on Adult Learning and Corporate Training, and her Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership. She has also served as adjunct faculty for University of South Carolina Upstate and Webster University.
Dr. White lives in Greenviille, SC with her husband of 24 years, Carlo, who is a serial entrepreneur, business partner, and co-founder of the Carlo and Nika White Foundation (CNWF). Outside of work, Nika loves to travel the world, spend time with her husband and children, and participate in community volunteerism.