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Meet Nandi Shareef

When she was in elementary school, Nandi Shareef took the stage at a community celebration to recite Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.” As she made her way toward the end of the poem, she suddenly forgot the words. But with encouragement from the crowd, she finally got her bearings and finished the performance. That moment — and the kind words from attendees afterwards — inspired a lifelong passion for helping others use communication to become the best version of themselves.

In addition to Coaching at Own The Room, Nandi serves as a People Development Lead at Uber, where she pioneered the tech giant’s first internal coaching system and spearheaded the company’s initial manager onboarding program. Nandi previously worked as People & Change Advisory Manager for KPMG US, as the Learning & Development Manager for The Landings Club, and as the Director of Huntington Learning Centers. She is also the founder and CEO of The Shareef Group, a boutique coaching firm that has held leadership trainings from Tokyo to Cape Town (in fact, she’s delivered trainings on every continent except Antarctica!).  

After graduating college at the age of 19, Nandi received an MBA from Hampton University and continued on to earn a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University, authoring a dissertation on how gifted adults survive in today’s workplace. She’s delivered two women’s leadership retreats in Africa, and travels there each year to support women and teenage girls in their professional endeavors. Nandi is a member of The Millennial 100 and is featured in NYT Bestseller Dan Schawbel’s book, Back to Human. In 2013, she received the first-ever “One to Watch” Award from the International Association for Talent Development, and when you meet her, we think you’ll agree it was well-deserved. When this inspiring woman isn’t working, she loves finding time to spend with her 11 nieces and nephews and two godchildren.


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