Nicole was born in Connecticut and grew up in Hampton Roads, Va. She moved to the Washington, D.C. area after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of William & Mary. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Public Policy from George Mason University. Even at a young age, Nicole knew that she loved helping people. Her experience as a teen mother who overcame the odds motivated her to become a speaker, author, and social entrepreneur all with the aim of inspiring and empowering others. Nicole has been featured in The Washington Post and on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and the "Steve Harvey" Show (NBC). She is emerging as a leading voice in teen pregnancy, teen parenting, and college completion for marginalized youth.
Speaker & Consultant
Nicole helps individuals and organizations live up to their full potential by changing the way people approach success and by strengthening their effectiveness. Nicole's products and services include dynamic keynotes, books, and consulting – with her unique approach to success at the foundation. Examples of Nicole's speaking programs include, “Secrets of a Successful Teen Parent,” and “The Reflection in the Mirror: How to Become the Person We Envision.” She serves as a keynote speaker for various audiences, such as business leaders, school administrators, youth groups, professional organizations, women's groups, churches, and numerous nonprofit organizations.
Nicole's first book, Glori: A Different Story, was published in May 2007, and it set the stage for her work. Glori is a powerful memoir on Nicole's experience as a teenage mother chronicling her determination to beat the odds despite homelessness, a drug infested environment, and an oppressive relationship by putting herself through college with a newborn baby. In Glori, readers are able to see the results of Nicole's effective approach to goal achievement. Nicole's second book, The Gloriously Simple Guide to Getting What You Want, was released in 2010 and is a simple and effective five-part process for achieving what you want in life.
Nicole launched Generation Hope in March 2010. Generation Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that reduces poverty one family at a time by providing direct sponsorships and one-on-one mentoring to teen parents who are attending college in the Washington, DC Metro area. In just its first year, Generation Hope has gained major news coverage because of its innovative and unique program. To date, Generation Hope has provided nearly $25,000 in college tuition support to teen parents across the Washington, D.C. Metro area. To find out more about this dynamic organization, please go to www.supportgenerationhope.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole currently lives in Maryland with her husband, Donté Lewis, and their two daughters, Nerissa and Naya. She thanks God every day for her journey, her blessings, and for the "honor to lead."