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 project development firm designing economic and environmental strategies with human left in.

As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People's Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans.

Nikki 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 Board Co-Chair of the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies (BALLE), and is an advisory board member of TendLab, a boutique firm unlocking the power of parenthood at work. She is the recipient of numerous awards including ELLE Magazine's "Gold" Award and OxFam America's "Act Local, Think Global" Award.

Nikki began her work in social change through the foster care system in Southern California, where she directed Foster Youth Empowerment Workshops. She 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.