Niko Everett, social entrepreneur and change agent, is an executive coach and motivational speaker. With a TEDx talk viewed by more than 1 million, she’s an inspirational troublemaker standing for women to stop being good and start being brilliant.
She’s inspired leaders all over the world from Tajikistan to Stanford University. Niko grew her first venture, Girls For A Change, from her kitchen table to serve 20,000 girls globally, raised millions in growth capital, and has been a diplomatic speaker for the US State Department.
The Silicon Valley Business Journal named her a “40 Under 40” social innovator, NPR awarded her a Community Hero award, and she received Fast Company magazine’s Social Capitalist Award. She was selected to attend Harvard Business School’s Executive Management Program on a full scholarship.
Her accomplishments have been featured in Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The San Jose Mercury News and her blog is published in Mindbodygreen + Elephant Journal.
The Real Lowdown…
I spent my first 20 years trying to follow the rules, fit in, and make up for my parents being wild and broken. I spent the next fifteen years learning that the only way to be truly brilliant is to break the rules. And I used my childhood full of mess, addiction, and self doubt to learn how to make a life full of magic, inspiration, love and impact.
I’m still embarrassingly human. I feel jealous, anxious, overwhelmed and afraid – often – but these feelings no longer own me. They are visitors who I recognize and usher through my house, sometimes cursing, and sometimes with grace.