Entrepreneur, Speaker, Mentor

save yourself to save the world

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The world is built on systems that thrive when we shove each other out of the way to get a little more for ourselves. To stay on top, we (usually unintentionally) create chaos in our relationships that disconnect us from ourselves, our family, our friends, and our colleagues – upending our peace and obstructing our success.

In this paradigm, we have an abundance of cordial relationships that sustain our day-to-day but don’t offer the support and nurturing we need to access our power. We need more space for the “real” in our lives – relationships and circumstances that hold the (often messy) truth. It may not feel good, but it’s exponentially powerful.

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What do I do?

I help curious, engaged individuals resolve tough relationship dynamics so you can have real, fulfilling relationships that change you and the world. I also help businesses and non-profits design relationship-centered economic and environmental strategies.

My job is to show you how to foster real interconnection and use it to build the bridges that get things done.


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Who am i?

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Nikki Silvestri is the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, a coaching and consulting firm bringing social and environmental entrepreneurs more impact in their work and joy in their lives.

As an entrepreneur and serial non-profit Executive Director, Nikki has invited thousands of leaders and hundreds of business and organizations into more in-depth conversations around the intersection of ecology, economy, and social equity. Her wide-ranging career has taken her from presentations at the White House and negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency to intimate workshops with local businesses and small retail organizing. A nationally recognized thought leader and international keynote speaker, her many honors include being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans.

Nikki serves as a Board Member for Greenpeace USA and is the Board Co-Chair of the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies (BALLE). She is a Faculty Member at the Food Business School (she co-designed and taught one of their inaugural courses, "Ethical Leadership in Food Business"). She is the recipient of numerous awards including ELLE Magazine's "Gold" Award and OxFam America's "Act Local, Think Global" Award.

Nikki has a master's degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Oakland, with her husband and son.