Nicola studied at the University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelor of Arts [Hons] in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Health Sciences. While in Christchurch, Nicola trained as a Youthline Counsellor, providing over the phone support to youth. After University, Nicola gained her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and became certified as a specialised Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach with the Institute of Social and Emotional Intelligence.
Nicola has recently returned home to Tauranga, New Zealand after 11 years building her career in Australia. She worked for Education Queensland and large not-for profits as an advisor, behaviour specialist, parent coach and regional manager. In 2018, Nicola set up her own coaching and training business, EQuipped Leadership, providing 1:1 and group coaching to managers and their teams.
Nicola is connected to a large network of women in business, both in New Zealand and Australia, along with experience in coaching many of them. She uses this experience to support and coach girls through their life and career choices. She can support girls to develop the competencies of social and emotional intelligence – setting them up with the skills to confidently navigate their next steps.