Executive Consultant & Coach
Nikki Palmer-Quade is a leadership trainer and executive coach with over 25 years of business experience. As a former executive and business co-owner, she brings an appreciation for the complexity of running a successful organization. Her background includes leadership roles in human resources, training, sales, and business management. She has a proven track-record of developing individuals and teams to higher levels of performance. Nikki is quick to establish rapport and is skilled at building client-focused relationships.
Her HR career began in manufacturing and then transitioned to the building services industry. She held challenging roles with boutique and global leadership development firms, supporting local and national clients in a wide variety of industries. Most recently Nikki served as a faculty member in the School of Business at Waukesha County Technical College. She developed and taught undergraduate courses in Management, Leadership, and Employee Training & Development. She also designed and delivered courses for the college’s corporate training center on topics including Organizational Culture, StrengthsFinder, Change Management and High-Performance Teams.
Nikki recently collaborated on a global selection process project with a multinational brewing company, working with the Manager of Global Assessments & Engagement and the Sr. Manager of Diversity and Inclusion. There she built global interview guides aligned with the merged firm’s new corporate values. Nikki also serves as a coach for the United Way Speaker Bureau.
Nikki holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master’s in Human Resources from Marquette University’s Graduate School of Management. She has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 1999 and achieved Wisconsin Technical College System faculty certification. Nikki also earned the Certificate of Mastery: Assessing Learning for College Credit from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). She is a member of International Coach Federation and is currently working toward her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification. She is a member of the Southeastern Wisconsin Association for Talent Development, serving on the community outreach committee.
Nikki resides in the greater Milwaukee area with her husband, and enjoys traveling to Washington D.C, Minneapolis, and Cincinnati to visit her three adult children.