Nika White. Who is SHE?
SHE is an Invigorated Integrator. Nika White’s professional career spans 18 years, serving as an accomplished marketing communications executive, a diversity and inclusion practitioner, an economic development leader and a community advocate. Now in her fourth year as Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Nika White creates and oversees programs to promote diversity and inclusivity in Upstate businesses. Her list of accomplishments since joining the Chamber is long, but one highlight is conceiving and managing the Minority Business Accelerator, one of five of its kind in the country. MBA takes high-potential, minority-owned firms and puts them through an ecosystem where they’re receiving targeted training, technical assistance, coaching and executive leadership opportunities. This helps those organizations grow, thrive and contribute successfully to the marketplace. She is also a certified diversity trainer through the National Coalition Building Institute Diversity Leadership. Nika White’s influence in the business world and the community have been recognized with numerous awards including S.C. Career Woman of the Year, YWCA Woman of Achievement Dream Achiever, S.C. Black Pages Top 40 Under 40, and Upstate Business Journal Who’s Who.
SHE is an Agent of Change. Nika White has extensive volunteer leadership including serving on a number of boards. She is a Co-Founder, Executive Board Member and Marketing Director for MLK Dream Weekend. Her efforts led the organization to raise more than $1,000,000 in corporate and individual contributions to provide scholarships for local students. Nika also serves on the S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs’ Minority Business Development Advisory Committee, United Way of Greenville County Board of Trustees, Greenville Commerce Club Board of Governors, Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council’s Foothills Regional Advisory Council, and iMAGINE Upstate Board of Advisors.
SHE is a Lifelong Learner. Education is of the utmost importance to Nika. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations. She has also earned a Masters of Education from the University of Phoenix where her focus was on Adult Learning, Corporate Training, and Distance Education. Nika is currently working on her doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership (also from the University of Phoenix) with expected completion in 2016. Nika has an incredible intellectual curiosity and continues to actively seek knowledge that is pertinent to her arena of expertise.
SHE is Woman About Town. If you frequent fundraisers, networking events, festivals, cultural events, or conferences in the Upstate, there’s a good chance you’ve run into Nika White. The devoted wife and mother of two seems to be EVERYWHERE. When she’s not busy helping shape Greenville’s economic landscape, Nika enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and fashion. Nika is also a lover of Christ and credits her deeply rooted spiritual faith as the most important asset in her life.
SHE is a Game-Changer. SHE is Nika White!