Vakassia "V.J." Niles, MBA

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I am V.J. a Career Strategist and Founder of The Niles Group, a company dedicating to helping individuals take their careers to the next level. I have been successfully providing trainings and presentations in academia and the corporate world for 20 years. Having a career across four industries has allowed me to bring my vast knowledge to others as a career strategist. I understand how to climb the corporate ladder, what it takes to pivot across industries, and how to grow a professional career brand.

I catapult mid-level professionals who are frustrated, tired or just ready for a change get to the next level in their careers. By helping professionals land new jobs, network for better opportunities and get closer to their definition of success and happiness I am able to obtain my own dreams. I do not use pie in the sky coaching and advice but practical and strategic tips and skills that help you go from dream chasing to dream catching.

I frequently speak regarding career strategy and development, career pivots, S.T.E.M careers, branding, utilizing LinkedIn for business and networking tips.

My speaking engagements have included Panasonic, Tesla, GlaxoSmithKline, WiseHER, DisruptHR NYC, Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, YouthBuild Reading, 100 Black Women of Suffolk County, Inc., National Association of Women MBAs National Conferences, and Touro Graduate School of Business.

"While working at Panasonic USA, I was looking for a dynamic and authentic keynote speaker for the launch of the Women’s Business Impact Group and V.J. was on my shortlist of one. With her engaging personality, fierce intelligence and no-nonsense work ethic, V.J. was the perfect person to deliver the message that needed to be heard."

Maria Chambers, EEO & Diversity Manager at Structure Tone

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Keynote Speaking Topics

  • The Ultimate Career Leap: 3 Steps to Catapult your Career to the Next Level

    For those who want to grow and develop within their organizations, increase their visibility, and position themselves for more opportunities.

  • Who's on Deck?

    How to reduce costs and eliminate fears in succession planning through sponsorship and advocacy

  • It's My Time! Go from wishing and dreaming to achieving

    4 steps to go from dream chasing to dream catching.

  • From Them to Me: How to go from working for them to working for me

    For the employee whose next career leap is entrepreneurship learn how to create that exit strategy from working for them to work for yourself.

"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.

Yvette Oriakhi, President, Women In Tesla-Satellite

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Give your teams or members a workshop that is useful with action steps that can be taken immediately. Whether it's a Boardroom Broadcast, Lunch & Learn or half day intensive your audience walks away with valuable information.

Pivot & Progress: How to transition 2 steps forward instead of 3 back

Position your Talent, not your Title

Pre Conference & Post Conference Workshops

Network for Opportunities Not to Collect Business Cards

Laid Off, now what?

“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. - Tonya A. Chopan, GSK WLI (women's leadership initiative) Leader, Philadelphia NY Campus

Past Speaking Engagements