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Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite

President Mary Schmidt Campbell

A sea of change around equity in the corporate landscape is on the horizon. The media is filled with announcements - and actions - from global and local companies about their strategic investments in diversity, inclusion and equality. Because of the critical roles that Black women in leadership play in today’s shifting environment, Spelman College is continuing its virtual series, “Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite.”

These events will feature in-depth conversations with Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., and distinguished guests to have candid discussions about their corporate and personal journeys, working through crisis and the opportunities for Black women leaders as equity becomes more valuable across professions.

The goal of Courageous Conversations is to inform and inspire.

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Save the Date for Upcoming Conversations


Nov. 4, 2021, 1 - 2 p.m. - Nicole "Nikki" Clifton, president, Social Impact and The UPS Foundation
Mar. 1, 2022, 1 - 2 p.m. -  Ursula Burns, former CEO of Xerox
Apr. 11, 2022, 1 - 2 p.m. -  Cara Johnson Hughes, vice president, Customer and Community, Baldwin Richardson Foods and Spelman Trustee

2021-22 Series Events

Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite with Nicole 'Nikki' Clifton

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.


Nikki Clifton



Nicole 'Nikki' Clifton president, Social Impact and the UPS Foundation Nikki leads UPS’s global philanthropy, social impact and community affairs efforts as part of the UPS Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability team. She oversees the company’s efforts to respond to the world’s most pressing social, humanitarian and environmental needs.

Nicole CliftonNikki has been instrumental in UPS’s response to human rights and social justice issues, including spearheading and coordinating UPS’s anti-human trafficking awareness and education. Her Ted Talk, “3 Ways Businesses Can Fight Sex Trafficking” has earned more than 1.5 million views. Additionally, she leads the UPS Equity, Justice & Action Task Force, a cross-functional leadership team formed in 2020 to foster inclusion, improve culture and advance solutions to systemic inequality.

Most recently, Nikki served as Vice President, Global Public Affairs, and led UPS’s workforce policy, legislative advocacy and external affairs engagement with members of congress and the states’ attorneys general. Prior to government affairs, Nikki served as Labor & Employment Counsel for UPS in Atlanta, Georgia. Before joining UPS, Nikki worked for Delta Air Lines as a labor and employment litigator and practiced labor and employment law with two Atlanta law firms.

Nikki earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in communications from Howard University’s Annenberg Honors Program and her J.D. from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. She is a member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Nikki serves on the Board of Director for the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and is active in a number of civic and volunteer organizations. Nikki and her husband have four children and reside in Falls Church, Virginia.


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