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 social and environmental 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 of Northern California and 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. Keep up with her journey at

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