Nikki McGruder

Session #1: It's Time: Elevating the Voices of Black Women

Previously served as Regional Manager of the Columbia Branch of the Diversity Awareness Partnership. Under Nikki's leadership, more than 12,000 community members as well as several businesses and organizations have been touched in and around the Columbia community through inclusive events, training, and community dialogues. Prior to joining DAP, Nikki worked 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 was with Edward Jones Investments where Nikki served in various capacities over a ten-year time frame. In her time with Edward Jones, Nikki was afforded the opportunity to work closely with the Inclusion initiative serving as a trainer and coach for minority advisors in the firm’s Cross Cultural Development training program as well as with a team of professionals working diligently to improve the inclusion initiative for the recruitment and hiring of minority advisors. 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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