Hi and Welcome,
Who Is Nicki?
I’m Nicki Sanders – a born “helper”. I’m a Mother, a Macro Social Worker, a Human Services Administrator, a Professor, and of course an Entrepreneur. Those are just my titles.
Just in case you want to know a little more about me, I’m a native Washingtonian, an introvert, a first-generation college student, a lover of cupcakes and pancakes, a roller coaster rider, a non-fiction book reader, and a huge fan of New Edition and old school 80’s hip hop. My ultimate life goal is to trade in suburban life for country living – I love farms too.
I have a huge supportive family. I grew up in a close-knit community with neighbors and teachers who provided me a strong sense of safety and security. After giving birth to my daughter in my sophomore year in college, transferring institutionss at the end of my junior year, putting in untold hours of volunteer time (which is a another passion of mine), working various low-wage jobs, acquiring too many student loans, and mastering sleep deprivation, I finally earned my Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University where I serve as an Adjunct Professor) and Master of Social Work degree from University of Maryland School of Social Work (Baltimore).
I have worked for the federal government, in school-based and community-based programs, with families (including teen parents), teens, and with human service professionals. I began The Teen Toolbox on a very part-time basis in 2007 while attending graduate school. The Teen Toolbox provided life skills training with special supports for teens in the foster care system. I ran my business like a hobby for many years. In January 2014, I changed my business name to Packaged For Success to incorporate all of my passions, skills, and experiences. Packaged For Success is now a full service training and professional development company with a focus on internship program development and management.
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