Coach - Speaker - Expert

Nicole Lee


Nicole Lee is a diversity, equity and inclusion expert, leadership coach, and nationally recognized speaker and strategist who regularly consults with nonprofits, schools, and businesses to improve their organizational climate for their workforce and all those that they serve.

Nicole is a prolific speaker and commentator who has regularly appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and BBC. She has been recognized for her outstanding contributions in the private and public sectors through numerous awards, including Congressional Black Caucus, Running Starts “Women to Watch”, Black Women’s Roundtable TrailBlazer and Global Leadership and the National Newspapers Publishers Association’s Press Champion Award.

 Nicole is also an attorney and nonprofit leader, having formerly served as the first female President of TransAfrica, the nation’s premier African American foreign affairs organization. She has documented human rights tragedies and worked with political, civic and religious leaders around the globe. She, along with civil and labor rights icon Bill Lucy, was the coordinator of the Life, Legacy, and Values of Nelson Mandela, a six month national celebration culminating in a memorial service at the National Cathedral.


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Strategist- Coach- Expert



“Transformation is never easy.  It starts with an intent and then the determination that things in your life will not stay the same.  The process is hard and that’s where I come in.  I am a trained leadership coach that works with executives, community leaders and parents who want something richer than what they are currently experiencing.

 As a coach, I help you be the hero in your own life.

To build what you want to build.

To strengthen your own discernment so you begin to rely on your inner wisdom.

You will discover the change maker within you.

Whether the issues we discuss are personal or professional, I use a holistic approach where we will explore the physical, emotional and spiritual implications of your current journey.

I will not promote your status quo.

I will help you move forward to a more productive, fulfilled and ultimately, happier you.”

Nicole is a CTI trained coach who has lead organizations, campaigns, and projects for over 20 years. She mixes her no-nonsense and no judgment approach with humor and intuition. Two decades of honing listening and problem-solving skills, tackling areas were clients are stuck or afraid to dive in.  To learn more, click here.



Nicole is a gifted trainer who meets people where they are and helps them achieve the transformation they seek.  Nicole teaches best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion, team building and conflict resolution for business, nonprofits and schools.

Nicole covers such topic as:

  • Understanding and Managing Bias
  • Team Building Through Inclusion  
  • Multicultural Communications
  • How to Talk about Difference with Children
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Courageous Conversations with Children

Additionally, she facilitates dialogues for multi-stakeholder issues and events.

For coaches, she facilitates trainings to help them infuse inclusion principles into their practice.



Nicole is a prolific speaker. Whether it’s a college campus or a business convention, Nicole’s nurturing and no-nonsense approach is inspirational leaving the audience with practical tips to implement immediately.

Nicole speaks on such topics as:

  • When Diversity is not enough: Essential Steps Towards Inclusion
  • Parenting in the Age of Trump
  • Suites to Streets: How to make your Business Culturally Relevant in Today’s Society
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Nelson Mandela

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