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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-This was the best seminar in the last two days. FANTASTIC. So many take-aways to many to list. -Speaker is engaging and knowledgeable. Enjoyed her perspective and useful, helpful suggestions. -Fabulous Presentation, Thank you!! -Outstanding, great engagement, intellectual, good pace, engaging conversation -Raw and uncut professional honesty! Amazing presenter who is extremely impactful! -Nikki is the embodiment of what we need in DEI right now! -Very good presentation on DI&E. Solid insights we can utilize in our efforts. -Exceptional presentation skills, good information backed by data. Invite her back please. -A Truth Sayer with a message that is hard to hear in most workplaces. Whew! don't get me started -This was very valuable information that changes the landscape for DEI. I for sure will be doing more research and taking this back to my company! -Nikki was wonderful. She shined light on topics that I wasn't very familiar with. -Really informative, timely and important presentation. I really appreciated Nikki's presentation style and cadence. Thank you for a great session! -Amazing presentation and I hope I will be able to use this in my company. -I very much appreciated how Nikki presented the comparison with Dr. DEI - it was immensely helpful to me in showing the parallel. Also the 5 year strategy makes so much sense. Thank you - excellent presentation! -Nikki was very engaging and interesting. She presented a very strong case for the process of addressing DEI. I learned a lot and feel reinvigorated about the work! Thank you. -Such an engaging and real presentation. Mrs. Lanier spoke specifically to the responsibility that so many HR professionals have been given but are struggling to put in place.

Feedback from National SHRM Conference 2021
  • 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.