Nikki R. Lanier, JD

Labor Attorney | CHRO| DEI Strategist

Employment Attorney, Multi-Sector Human Resources Executive, 3x Chief HR Officer, Public Board Director and previous Federal Reserve SVP-Macroeconomics. National Voice on DEI, Workforce Strategies and Organizational Change.



Based out of: Kentucky


Nikki Lanier is the CEO of Harper Slade, an advisory firm focused on helping organizations advance human capital strategies based on the demographic workforce of the future. An experienced leader with over 25 years of career achievements that span Monetary Policy, Labor and Employment Law, Collective Bargaining, Human Resources, and State Government, Nikki has an extraordinarily unique professional background. Having been reared on a historically black college campus and raised by two parents very steeped in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Nikki’s voice and perspective on the link between inequity and macroeconomics is a compelling one.  Her musings on these topics have been featured in USA Today, Forbes Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ebony Media, Blavity, PBS and countless webcasts and podcasts. Though based in Kentucky, she has spoken at convenings all over the world in furtherance of this work, Nikki is a dexterous executive having led teams in a number of sectors including, manufacturing, government, higher education, consumer goods & healthcare.

Her advice and counsel have been sought after by governors, mayors, candidates for elected office, Federal Reserve leaders and college presidents.

Nikki earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Hampton University and holds a certification in Collective Bargaining from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She has served as an adjunct MBA professor for the University of Louisville College of Business and has served on more than 15 non-profit and public boards.


  • The Future of Work

  • Demographics and Economics

  • Human Capital Dynamics post 2020

  • Women Working Work-Balance and Boundaries

  • Audacious HR - A lesson in HR Transformation from Beyonce

  • The Leadership Lens - How Your Story has shaped your lens and how your lens shapes everything else

  • The Economics of Racial Equity

  • The Garden - The Ecosystem of DEI

  • Visionary Board Leadership

  • White Women and the Remedy for Racism

  • Labor Attorney

  • Workforce Engagement Strategist


"Diversity and Inclusion is the employee engagement strategy of the future"