Labor Attorney | CHRO| Racial Equity Strategist | Federal Reserve Executive
Nikki Lanier is an experienced executive with over 25 years of career achievements that span Human Resources, Labor and Employment Law, Collective Bargaining, Central Banking, and State Government, she is an author, a sought after keynote speaker, and has received many awards and recognitions for her expertise and leadership in talent development, HR innovation, community development, DEI, and economic equity.
Nikki spent eighteen (18) years as an HR leader and employment attorney. She has worked in more than ten (10) sectors including manufacturing, consulting, consumer goods, health care, media, law, government, higher education, and central banking, and has led organizations in both the public and private sectors. She has served as an HR Executive with Philip Morris USA (VA) and Georgia-Pacific Corp (GA), CHRO for Charter Schools USA (FL), Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ), and served as Personnel Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth of Kentucky (youngest and first black female appointee). In these roles, she drove accelerated cultural change, created and implemented innovative organizational development, and focused on strategic planning, employee relations, community engagements and partnerships, training and development, succession planning, recruitment and retention, and labor negotiations.
Nikki is deeply involved in the community and has served on more than 25 nonprofit boards, commissions, and civic committees. Through her work and strong local and national board memberships, she is widely recognized as an accomplished thought leader and compelling keynote and plenary speaker on topics related to progressive HR strategies, transformational leadership, organizational effectiveness, community and economic development, economic education, and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, corporately and civically. As SVP and Regional Executive with the Federal Reserve, Nikki leads all branch activities to include conducting regional economic research and gathering monetary policy input from business leaders across Kentucky and Indiana, promoting financial stability for low- and moderate-income communities and individuals, and providing economic education. Nikki also serves on the bank’s management committee helping to oversee the overall strategic direction for the Federal Reserve Bank.
Nikki earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Hampton University and holds a certification in Collective Bargaining from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She has served as an adjunct MBA professor for the University of Louisville College of Business since 2018, where she also serves on its Board of Advisors.