61% of U.S. adults look for
career development opportunities when considering employment opportunities according
to a survey by Jobvite.
a career across four industries has allowed me to bring her vast knowledge to
others as a career strategist. Being authentic and empathic allows me to connect with my
audience to bring value and impact.
Speaking for organizations and Fortune 500 companies in person or
virtually is something I am passionate about because people need help. Too many
people go to work and hate their jobs and are disengaged because they aren’t
being recognized or appreciated, aren’t being promoted and have to train their
replacements. This is not okay. I empower professionals with the tools and mindset to take control of their career advancement, reach their goals, be authentic and increase their happiness and engagement at work.
Ultimate Career Leap, Owning your Career Journey
The Ultimate Career Leap helps professionals keep their
careers fluid and moving forward. It's designed to help those who want to grow
and develop within their organizations, increase their visibility and position
themselves for more opportunities.
Using a 3-step
system professionals learn how to take charge of your career and position
yourself for success. Participants
learn how to network more effectively, build existing relationships and speak
to their results with ease.
Who's on Deck? Using Sponsorship in Succession Planning
As Marcus Buckingham said "People leave
bad companies, they don't leave bad managers." How many good employees has your
company lost due to no succession plan for middle management? This talk focuses
on how to build succession plans, how to increase retention and build a diverse
pipeline. Participants learn how to
identify successors, how to champion for others and how to become a sponsor.
and Resilience: The Real P.R. to Success.
With all the gurus selling success in a bottle and
influencers making the journey look effortless, it’s no wonder that many people
feel that they don’t have what it takes to pursue their dreams-whether it’s
starting a business or advancing in their career. Here’s the thing that no one
tells you: success looks different for everyone. But ALL success stories have
two things in common: P.R. - purpose and resilience.
This talk will help you to tell Fear to hush and
have a seat as you leave mediocrity behind.
will be empowered, exhilarated, and learn a 4-step framework for success.
Vakassia "V.J." Niles, is a Career Strategist and
Founder of The Niles Group, a company dedicating to helping individuals take
their careers to the next level. V.J. Niles has been successfully providing
trainings and presentations in academia and the corporate world for 20 years. Having
a career across four industries has allowed her to bring her vast knowledge to
others as a career strategist. She understands how to climb the corporate
ladder, what it takes to pivot across industries, and how to grow a
professional career brand. She helps her clients find their aha moment and
develops the action steps necessary to get to viola!
V.J. catapults mid-level professionals and executives who are frustrated, tired
or just ready for a change get to the next level in their careers. She helps
professionals land new jobs, network for better opportunities and get closer to
their definition of success and happiness. She utilizes her MBA to assist
professionals who are ready to transition from employee to entrepreneur develop
their ideas, figure out their niche market and set them on the path to
V.J. holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Computer
Information Systems from Hofstra University, a Bachelor of Arts in Africana
Studies from Hunter College and a Master of Business Administration from
Campbell University. She is the Immediate Past President of the New York
City Professional Chapter of the former National Association of Women MBAs and
was the Webmaster and Chair of the Economic Development Committee for the
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Suffolk County Chapter, Inc. She is an
innovator and former team lead and member of the Black Mastermind Group,
Inc. V.J. has been the owner of a diversity recruitment firm and a candle
business. She has been published in MBA Women magazine, and is a contributing
author to "Just Me: The Business Woman's Personal Branding Guide". She
frequently speaks for companies, colleges and organizations regarding career
strategy, career pivots, leadership, S.T.E.M careers, LinkedIn, and networking
VJ totes the kind of character anyone willing to breakout and
break free needs in our society today. She is unapologetically straight forward
yet compassionate at the same time, forcing you to re-evaluate the way you’ve
always viewed the success ladder. She was a recent talk host at our Women In
Tesla Lunch & Learn series, and her thought provoking presentation helped
us see where we may be missing the mark as women on a career trajectory.
Looking forward to initiating some of the things she shared and sharing those
results as my own journey continues. Thank you, VJ! -
“VJ wowed the
GSK Women of Color in Pharma Group (WOCIP) with her 'Post Conference
Sparks' talk. She provided a lot of insightful information with
strategic tips which allowed us to leverage the conference information
and differentiate ourselves by bringing value back to our
company. Her presentation style was interactive, engaging and thorough.
VJ is extremely authentic, inspiring, and funny, without even
trying, which made it easy for her to connect with the audience right
away. My biggest take away from VJ was the helpful Linked in
tips and networking tactics along with her empowering message of going
from 'helpless to hopeful' in your career. I recommend VJ
to any women’s group or one that wants practical tips they can implement
immediately to help catapult their career. In general, VJ received
raved reviews, and we cannot wait to have her back in 2020.”
Thank you for the wonderful talk
you gave to Enersys Women in Leadership for International Women’s Day. The event
was extremely well-received by all. Here is some of the feedback."The presenter was very real and
had tangible advice for all of the attendees.”
“It opened my mind to thinking of things
in a different way and made me feel empowered to control the direction of my
life.”“The speaker really resonated with
what most of us women feel. It felt more like a friend was giving the
presentation and really got the audience’s attention.”
VJ was simply amazing! Everything from her
responsiveness during the planning phase to the execution of the sessions, she
was a joy to work with. VJ uses her knowledge and experience in the work force
to help others learn how to own your career journey by positioning your talents
and sharing your career narrative. VJ utilized real-life scenarios of the
participants in the session to provide concrete examples of how you can
identify your super power based on soft and hard skills and how to weave that
within your narrative. The tools she provided, including the Ultimate Career
Leap Workbook, gave participants a way to identify and create a plan to move
their career forward. VJ is engaging, personable, thorough and
collaborative. It was an absolute pleasure working with her.
I met VJ through a “how to” session on networking that she
presented to American Marketing Association, New York chapter members and
guests. VJ provided clear and actionable tips and offered a new perspective to
networking. One of her suggestions that clicked with me is to remember that
networking is like bonding, similar to how you would connect with a friend.
When approached from that mindset, networking now feels less intimidating to
“I am thrilled to recommend VJ.
Things have definitely changed in the hiring world. Each day, I am getting
rejected. No call-backs. No interviews. Each time I try to tweak my resume, it
just gets uglier. But tonight I attended VJ's zoom training, "Position
Your Talent, Not Your Title". Simple and beautifully presented, I went
away feeling more empowered and angled with a new way to present myself. I am
not one to "brag" on myself, but I ended VJ's meeting with a new
perspective and am excited to share my strengths. It's not bragging when you
can truly help the potential employer you are applying with!”
Have VJ speak at your next event. Schedule a call to discuss availability and topic.