Interested? Want to sample how we work?

Join us from March 20th - April 3rd for a weekly “Tea and Talk” Q&A about diversity and inclusion.

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We’re taking a limited number of clients in 2019. Schedule a free consultation soon, so you can have these results in your company too:

Before we began working with Nikki, we were dealing with a lack of trust, cohesion and effective communication within the organization. It felt like the quote on the definition of insanity.  "Doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results."

Nikki was the difference.  Her communication style broke through the noise.  There were a few folks on our team that just needed to hear it from someone like her before they had their 'aha' moment.  Our other consultants didn't have the human touch. They were too consultanty. =)

I’m so grateful that Nikki does this work. The way in which she conducts herself is graceful, true and intelligent.  It was truly a pleasure to work with her and learn from her, and my original DEI goals were accomplished. Nikki’s one of a kind and she’s meant for this work.

Kelly O’Donnell, Oregon Tilth


about us

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Nikki Silvestri is the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, LLC. 

As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People's Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans. You can see her full bio and website here.


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La’Kita Williams is is Founder at CoCreate Work, a consultancy helping founders build companies that people want to work with.

She has over 10 years of diverse experience ranging from corporate sales and training to her most recent role working on organizational development with Amazon.com. There, she helped to launch employee experience programs while providing direct coaching to internal leaders and employees in transition.

As a certified coach and trained Master’s level Social Worker, she has worked with teams, founders, and CEOs to design and deliver employee centered products, lead change, and enhance the employee experience. Her mission is to help 10,000 business owners build purpose driven companies.