Nikita T. Mitchell

2016 Speaker

NIKITA T. MITCHELL is a senior manager at Cisco where she is responsible for strategy and planning initiatives for the company’s $20 billion Americas sales organization. She started her career at Deloitte Consulting and gained a reputation for her ability to drive executive-level conversations for long-term strategic planning. Motivated by the need to further her social impact, Mitchell took her expertise to the nonprofit sector as a ProInspire Fellow before launching a career in tech. Mitchell is currently the Oakland City chair for Walker’s Legacy: A Women in Business Collective, and serves on the board of directors for Watermark. For her fierce advocacy for women in business, the Forte Foundation honored Mitchell with the Edie Hunt Inspiration award in 2015. When she’s not catching up on a good novel or training for a half-marathon, she shares her reflections on diversity in tech and professional development at Mitchell earned an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and a B.B.A. from Howard University. At Haas, she was the MBA Association’s first black female president, a leader for the Haas Gender Equity Initiative, a Consortium Liaison and a principal for the $2.5 million Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund.

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