Dr. Nikki Lanier

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Nikki Lanier is the CEO of Harper Slade, an advisory firm focused on helping organizations advance organizational strategies based on the demographic workforce of the future. An experienced leader with over 25 years of career achievements that span Banking, Labor and Employment Law, Collective Bargaining, Human Resources, and State Government. A Private and Public Sector CHRO adept in a multitude of HR disciplines, Nikki is experienced in managing multi-site operations and employing comprehensive approaches that effectively align human capital priorities with the overall organizational strategy. Nikki is a collaborative leader who is skilled in building synergetic teams in multi-cultural and cross-functional environments. An Executive Management Committee veteran with site and functional leadership responsibilities with the Federal Reserve Bank, Philip Morris USA, Georgia Pacific, ADP, Charter Schools USA and the country’s largest community college system, Maricopa Community Colleges, Nikki is a dexterous division executive having led teams in a number of sectors including, manufacturing, government, higher education, consumer goods &, healthcare.

Nikki’s voice and perspective on the link between inequity and macroeconomics is a compelling one. Her musings on these topics have been featured on Closing Bell, CNBC, USA Today, Forbes Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ebony Media, Blavity, PBS and countless web and podcasts. Though based in Kentucky, she has spoken at convenings all over the world in furtherance of this work and hosted Harper Slade launch events in Washington DC, New York and Oakland California, Chicago, IL and South Florida.

Nikki earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Hampton University and holds a certification in Collective Bargaining from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She has served as an adjunct MBA professor for the University of Louisville College of Business where she also serves on its Board of Advisors.

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  • What is your favorite quote? "There is no such thing as making a decision for the moment"~ my mom "It's in White America's best interest that Black America thrive" ~ Congressman John Yarmuth
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? So many of the highpoints and stretch assignments in my career came when I believed myself to be ill-equipped to fulfill the duties but was blessed with the opportunity anyway.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? Hobbies: πŸŽ₯πŸŽ’πŸ›©πŸŽ»πŸŽΌπŸŽ€πŸŽ­πŸ§˜πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ›ΌπŸ’ƒπŸΎ
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? Jesus, Oprah, Michelle Obama, & most any leader who absolutely lives (or seems to) what they believe.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I love LOVE it! I really put my all into the karaoke performances. My got-to is Proud Mary by Tina Turner.