If leadership is anything,
it's personal.
Nicole Price gets this.

Is it possible to effectively lead a team with so many different personalities? Absolutely.

Ask a thousand leaders what gets in their way, and they’ll say two things: time and “personalities.” Every team member brings their own qualities and quirks, but difference doesn’t have to be debilitating. In fact, it can be inspiring. Nicole believes that with the right strategies you can have a high-performing team where everyone’s hard work pays off, professionally and personally.

Teams are made up of people, and people are imperfect. Nicole starts with that. Her transparency allows others to learn from some of her mistakes, and it helps them to avoid the same pitfalls on their journeys. Her authenticity and accessibility has earned Nicole the nickname “back pocket” coach, with insights and strategies that clients can recall on the spot and apply in times of need.

Nicole herself is a lively paradox — honest but kind, firm yet empathic, street-savvy and buttoned-up. She’s a scholar who can make it plain, a practitioner who knows she's still learning. Her personal stories, comedic approach, and real-world experiences connect Nicole to her audiences, and that helps them to get out of their own way.

If leadership is anything, it’s personal. This is the very belief that fuels Lively Paradox. That's why Nicole helps you dig into your passion, find your specific purpose, and leverage your individual prowess.

Through leadership development, coaching and consulting, keynotes, and a variety of other resources, she helps people take charge of determining a fuller, more interesting existence for themselves — of leading their whole lives.

Nicole D. Price, Owner + Founder

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Education degree in adult education from Park University. She is certified in many of the leading assessment tools and, as part of her practice, works with some of the best and brightest in leadership development across the academia, non-profit, and private business sectors. Nicole has led enterprise-wide leadership development efforts within a Fortune 500 company, and she has consulted with hundreds of organizations on leadership, accountability, change management, and diversity & inclusion.

She’s the author of the best kept secret in the diversity and inclusion space, Lively Paradox: An Authentic Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion. It provides an honest evaluation of our current reality and explores the personal dimension without shame. In it Nicole presents the four key principles to success in work and life — even when surrounded by people who may not see the world exactly as you do.


Through high-performance workshops and thought-provoking keynote speaking, Lively Paradox provides an unparalleled experience to help leaders understand how to make the most impact, by leaning in to who they truly are.



Individual Certifications

Lominger 360

Myers-Briggs, Fierce™ 

InsideOut Development™, Certified Facilitator

Business Certifications

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Missouri Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)