I'm Nikita

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I write Above the BOttom Line, a kick-ass newsletter about corporate responsibility.


Out of the desire to do something after Trump's travel ban, in February 2017 I launched a newsletter all about how companies are addressing social, political and environmental issues. Avoiding the typical yawn-worthy approach to discussing the news, ABL is the weekly email your inbox has been waiting for.

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I believe in a world where companies don’t profit at the expense of people or the planet.



My Bio

Nikita T. Mitchell speaks and writes about why CEOs need to think beyond the bottom line. She is the creator of Above the Bottom Line, a newsletter dedicated to keeping you informed of how the world’s most influential companies are taking a stance on important issues. Cited as Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders, Nikita is an infinitely curious business strategist and keynote speaker.  

Nikita received her M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, Haas School of Business where she was a Principal of the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, a $2.5M student-led investment fund. Nikita was named a Top 50 MBA by Poets & Quants (2015), a recipient of Forte Foundation Edie Hunt Inspiration Award (2015), and the Berkeley-Haas MBA Association’s first Black female president.

A fierce advocate for women’s rights, Nikita serves on the Board of Trustees for Planned Parenthood Northern California and previously served on the Watermark Board of Directors. She is currently 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 as a management consultant in Washington, DC.

In her free time you can find Nikita catching up on her never ending reading list, training for a half-marathon or planning her next vacation.  

Learn more about me →


Every once in a while I share thoughts on my personal and professional journey. I also cross-post articles I've written on other platforms.








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Discovering Your Truth: Connecting the Dots in Your Life, Keynote
April 2018 | ACT-W Conference



Founding Above the Bottom Line, Keynote
November 2017 | UC Berkeley Center for Gender, Equity & Leadership

Inclusion in the Valley: Why are diversity conversations so hard to have, Panelist
October 2017 | Grace Hopper Conference

Yoncé Taught Me: Everything You Need to Know in Life, Taught Through a Beyoncé Song, Keynote
September 2017 | Out for Undergrad Conference

Discovering Your Truth: How to Connect the Dots in Your Life, Spotlight Speaker
June 2017 | Global MBA CSEA Conference



Building Community, Storyteller
March 2016 | Berkeley- Haas Women in Leadership Conference

The Unspoken Rules to Navigating Success, Panel Moderator
March 2016 | Berkeley-Haas BBSA

Authentic Leadership, Panel Moderator
April 2016 | Walker’s Legacy, Oakland Chapter

Creating and Managing Powerful Teams, Panel Moderator
July 2016 | Watermark Leadership Conference

Ruthlessly Running in the Direction of Your Fears, Keynote Speaker
August 2016 | Berkeley-Haas MBA Orientation

Ruthlessly Running in the Direction of Your Fears
September 2016 | Lesbians Who Tech Summit NYC

Ruthlessly Running in the Direction of Your Fears
October 2016 | GoodData Women in Leadership Speaker Series

Creating Spaces of Belonging, Storyteller
October 2016 | Girls in Tech + Gusto



Feel free to reach out to me about partnerships for Above the Bottom Line, to chat about my writing or to exchange Beyonce GIFs. (But if you're interested in booking me for a speaking gig, please fill out this form, instead.)