“Nikki is an innovative leader, her success has become a model not just for other universities in the United States, but indeed for educational institutions around the world.”

– Mike Brownfield, Director of Communications at The Goldwater Institute
Nikki discussing Social Integrity with Ann Arbor Public Schools students.

For over a decade, Nikki has dedicated her career to leading and establishing communications, engagement, and brand development strategies that have enabled the State of Michigan—and one of the world’s leading public universities—to emerge as global standards of excellence and best practices. Rooted in her passion for public service and background in education, this work has made Nikki an internationally recognized speaker and advocate of accountability, innovation, collaboration, and leadership. 

To inquire about having Nikki at your next conference or event and to discuss consultancy options or workshops.



Workshop Facilitator, We Didn’t Start the Fire: Social Media’s Role in Crisis, #PSEWeb Canada

Conference Chair and Emcee, CASE Social Media and Community, San Francisco, California


Keynote, Field Day 2021, University of Toronto   

SocialGov Master Class, Facilitator

Office Hours with Marcus Collins, Featured Guest


Spotlight Speaker, American Advertising Association of Buffalo, New York

Hootsuite Panel, How to Combat Mental Fatigue for Social Media Professionals (Webinar)

Speaker, EduWeb Digital Summit, AMA

Guest, Seriously Social Podcast, Sociallyin

Speaker, All Day All Night Virtual Conference, AMA

Speaker, University of Tennessee Annual Conference for Communicators

Speaker, Social Fresh X, Customer Hero Panel

Faculty, CASE Annual Conference on Marketing and Branding

Keynote, Great Lakes Association of Financial Professionals Spring Symposium

Keynote, Career Services Technology Meeting, New York, New York


International Keynote and Panel Participant, Social Media in Higher Education Conference (Sydney, Australia)

Presenter and Panelist, Digital Citizenship Ann Arbor Public Schools Youth Symposium

Presenter, Building Thriving Communities with Creativity, not Cash, Social Fresh

Presenter, The Dangers of Curating Content for Others, Dexter High School

Award Recipient, The Michigan Wings, Circle of Excellence, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education 

Workshop Facilitation and Speaker, Columbia University

Workshop Facilitation and Guest Lecturer, University of South Florida

Panelist, Storytelling Downstream, Association of American Universities (AAU) Public Relations Network Conference

Presentor, Saving Social, College and University Public Relations and Associated Professional (CUPRAP) Conference


Keynote, What is our Social Responsibility? Social Media Strategies Summit

Presenter and Panelist, Digital Citizenship Ann Arbor Public Schools Youth Symposium

Faculty, CASE Annual Conference on Marketing and Branding

Facilitation and Consultancy, U.S. Department of State and Fulbright Student Program

Keynote, The Prominence and Permanency of Personality in Social, American Marketing Association of West Michigan


HigherEd Experts Faculty Award

Keynote, EduWeb Digital Summit

Chair, CASE Social Media Conference

Speaker, Great Lakes Emergency Management & Homeland Security Conference

Speaker, Higher Education Social Media Conference

2016 and earlier

Speaker, PRSA Counselors to Higher Education Senior Summit

Award Recipient, The Best of Mich Business

Speaker, Michigan Society of Government Meeting Professionals

Speaker, SOCAP International Symposium

Award Recipient, HigherEd Experts Faculty

Speaker, Democracy Took Over My Government, Now What?, SXSW

Vice President, Dexter Chamber of Commerce 

Councilwoman and elected official, Portland, Michigan

Board Member and Chair, Michigan Main Street Program Promotions and Marketing Committee

Appointed Member, Downtown Development & Planning Commission

Volunteer of the Year, Portland, Michigan

Manager’s Award, Michigan Main Street Program, Portland, Michigan

Horizon Award, Michigan Main Street Program, Portland, Michigan

MAComb-OU INCubator Lunch and Launch Speaker
Social Media: Are You Listening?

Michigan State Technology Group

Michigan Association of Counties Annual Conference
Social Media: An Overview, Government Use and Benefits.

Michigan State University Extension Office, Portland Main Street Economic Revitalization Committee
Utilizing Social Media in Business, 4 part series

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