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Why I do it


  • I’m a marketer-turned-tech recruiter-turned-founder of the #HIREBLACK, which started as a viral LinkedIn post in 2020!
    That post evolved into an organization that helps Black talent get trained, hired, and promoted in corporate positions.

    #HIREBLACK is now a network of 15,000 people and counting featured on Forbes, ESSENCE, CNBC, Business Insider, LinkedIn News, theSkimm, and more.

    Since its inception, #HIREBLACK has worked with companies like Amazon, Disney, Conde Nast, Niantic, Spotify, Uber, and more. Our resources have reportedly increased the total compensation of the HIREBLACK members by over $2 million.

    I LOVE speaking, teaching, and coaching, and I am honored to have led workshops at Advertising Week, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and NYU Stern School of Business.

    I am also honored to have been the recipient of the 2022 NAACP Powershift Grant in 2022 and the Essence x Pine-Sol Build Your Legacy Contest in 2021. In 2020, Niani won the Future of Work grant by Create & Cultivate, was an honoree of the Future is Female award by Advertising Week, and was an honoree of the Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Women’s Empowerment Institute in 2020.

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“What if being humble is holding you back?

I help women feel confident about bragging and owning their strengths!”

Working with Niani Tolbert is always amazing! She has been a guest speaker 4 times (and planned for more in the future) with our team at Home Chef. She is great at listening to your goals at what you’re trying to achieve, and customizing her workshops to ensure they are impactful for all attendees. She’s focused on content related to resume building, interviewing, and elevating skill sets. She is in a constant state of elevating her content with us so it’s always engaging and educational. She is someone you WANT to listen and pay attention to – I would highly recommend her services for your teams! 

Becky Braud, aPHR

Learning & Development Specialist , Home Chef

In November 2022, I won my first live, in-person pitch competition with Create & Cultivate taking home the grand prize of $10,000. My secret weapon? It was shooting my shot and speaking with Niani a few days prior. Niani, who won the pitch same pitch contest in previous years gave me some of the best advice: Start with the emotion. I had everything else down pack. But, Niani reminded me bring out the sentimental aspect of my pitch to life, especially with a business such as mine. In short, if you are looking for someone to help you up your pitch game and remind you of your superpower, look no further. Niani is the one!

Paulana Lamonier

CEO, Monarch Inc.

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