"Unlike cultural competence - which is finite in scope - cultural humility involves ongoing lifelong learning from the community that is being supported." N. Killings
In a Nutshell
Nekisha Killings has led in equity education across a variety of fields over the past 20 years. From consumer goods to non-profit and religion sectors, she has utilized her writing and facilitation chops to impact the way that employees, members, and volunteers approach their work and communities. Through motherhood, Nekisha made a natural transition to focus her work in maternal and child health equity; becoming internationally board certified in lactation and launching Lioness Lactation - a comprehensive lactation support entity focused on marginalized communities. Nekisha earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration on lactation support as a social justice issue. She penned the chapter titled Cultural Humility in the latest Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care. She is a Director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, and consults organizations on creating and implementing inclusive strategies. She is co-founder of Nikki & Nikki: Lactation Career Consultants, which equips aspirants of color to become lactation professionals. Nekisha‘s work is rooted in a compassion and candor that could only have been cultivated in years of supporting new parents through their entree into parenthood. Her unique approach to facilitating and teaching is peppered with aha! moments that drive complex concepts into sharp focus for large and intimate audiences alike.
"I always love those moments when I sit down to talk to somebody and they say something that makes me look at life or a situation in a completely different way, and I say, 'Aha! I get it! Lightbulb!' ... When the little hairs on your arm stand up... THAT is an Aha! Moment."
"I have known Nikki Killings for several years as a skilled, compassionate, and knowledgeable provider for mothers and babies. I admire that she supports all breastfeeding families no matter what and has worked for building greater partnerships and supports in the communities that she has served. She provides great care and research-based information in a helpful and loving way. You cannot find a better person to entrust with your needs." - SB
"Passion, patient, perfect! Nikki is an advocate for nursing moms and it is apparent her approach. I am in awe at her wisdom and tenderness along her ability to firmly support the women she encounters. What a blessing to the industry!" JG
"I felt compelled to contact you following the viewing of your presentation... I just wanted to say it was a fantastic and informative presentation, I have never heard you speak before - I loved listening and learned lots - Thank you!" DB
"I have been sharing the link to your talk to encourage all my local co-supporters and anyone else I think might find it useful to check it out. I cannot overstate how much I think anyone who wants to help parents breastfeed should see it... I really appreciate your clear, fact based style and you truly exude a warmth I suspect makes your clients feel very comfortable." JF
"The presentation was stellar— great and organized content, excellent presentation skills, and an eye toward inclusion and shared learning! I could also listen to you talk all day. You have a lovely speaking voice. Thanks so much for doing this." AW
Thanks Nekisha! You make this very deep conversation much easier to have with your kind style.
"Enjoyed the session a ton. This is a time where inclusivity is so incredibly important and Nekisha was an excellent facilitator."