61% of U.S. adults look for career development opportunities when considering employment opportunities according to a survey by Jobvite. Having 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.
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 entrepreneurship.
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 tips.
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!”