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Ms. Nichole "Niki" Childers

(Director of Partnerships)

About Me

Nichole ‘Niki’ Childers is the director of partnerships for the national nonprofit organization, Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG). She is responsible for the design, management, and implementation of JAG's national partnerships for the 1450 communities in its national network. Niki creates employer engagement opportunities with contributing partners with companies such as SHRM, Honeywell, McDonald's, Regions Bank, and Adecco. Previous projects with JAG included the restructuring of their training and professional development practices and working with C-suite executives who represent JAG’s 40 state affiliates. Niki has worked in the education and nonprofit sector for the past decade. She started on the front line as a JAG specialist (classroom teacher) and worked her way up to leadership team positions, first with JAG Kansas and now in the national office. Her experience with JAG offered her the opportunity to have many roles including educator, regional director, and state director of training and professional development, before moving into her current role. Niki earned a B.S. in Organizational Management and Leadership and a Masters of Organizational Development, both from Friends University. Her more notable successes include building a training department and designing an infrastructure that improved employee retention and initiated organizational growth. Additionally, Niki also develops curriculum for Wichita State University. Her course, Cultivating Culture and Inspiring change, debuted in the fall of 2020, when she taught students about today's work trends and how to create a foundation for organizational culture from a leadership perspective. Among the many projects she has worked on, she is especially proud of the L.O.V.E. Project (Lifting Our Voice for Equality) in conjunction with IHG Hotels and Resorts, which seeks to encourage youth to identify challenges in their community and work collectively to make change.

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