“As a local, we know we have a hidden gem – Greenville has a vibe that is undeniable.”
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. The heart of her 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.
A WORD FROM A WORLD-CHANGER
Nika White, Nika White Consulting
1. What gets you up in the morning?
I want to be able to have great freedom, to create wealth, and be in control of my time. When I made the move with that being my why, I’ve satisfied that, and continue to grow in that. I feel as though I am operating in a space that is uniquely designed to align with my lifestyle.
2. Describe your business in a nutshell. Nika White consulting is a management consulting firm that intersects the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion with leadership in business. We work with clients all over the country, helping them integrate into their business frameworks, strategic diversity, intentional inclusion, and the lens of equity.
3. How did you come up with your idea?
I was serving as the VP of Diversity Equity and Inclusion for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. I built their program from the ground up. A lot of equity was established in helping the city be able to leverage strategic diversity and intentional inclusion. I was being tapped by a number of different organizations and individuals that wanted to take advantage of what they saw as thought leadership. Entrepreneurship was really never in my future. I thought that I was always going to work for an organization, and I was very content in doing that, but I’ve watched my husband for years grow as an entrepreneur quite successfully. He has built businesses and sold businesses—that was inspiring to me. One day, he asked me, ‘When are you going to start your business?’
I laughed at that, comfortable where I was; but as time progressed, I continued to be tapped by dozens of organizations and individuals that saw me as a thought leader in the space of DEI. I realized I needed to explore what I thought was just a whim, but ended up being the best decision that I ever made.
4. What separates Greenville from the other start-up cities?
Greenville has played a tremendous part in my ability to gain a huge sense of confidence in this entrepreneurship journey. That’s a testament to the way people and organizations in this city have supported me from an economics perspective. The idea that a rising tide lifts all boats—it’s a good feeling to be a part of. The community is very welcoming to minority entrepreneurs, which inspired me to want to leverage all the support Greenville offers minority business owners.
One of the things that impressed me about Greenville was that the chamber offers a minority business accelerator-like programs, one of very few in the country. Our community saw the opportunity in such a resource, and is demonstrating leadership in that regard.
5. What makes Greenville such a great city to live in?
When I think about Greenville, what really excites me is the fact that possibilities are unlimited. People who are part of this community really believe in the potential here.
As far as entertainment, quality of life, safety, and opportunities to connect with the community—we found all of that in Greenville. This is definitely not the sleepy South. I think people gravitate to this area because they are pleasantly surprised when they first come to visit, and always return. As a local, however, we enjoy it every day. We know we have a hidden gem—Greenville has a vibe that is undeniable.