“THOUGH YOU WERE BRUISED IN CONFLICT YOU ARE NO LESS DIAMOND”- Nikki Murphy
MEET NIKKI MURPHY
Monique “Nikki” Murphy is an awarded Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader, speaker, poet, financial literacy advocate, mother, wife, and award-winning author of Home For Hurricanes: A Memoir of Resilience in Poetry and Prose. Murphy has a deep passion and expertise for equipping people, especially in underserved communities, with the knowledge and inspiration to reach their fullest potential in spite of life’s obstacles. Her writing, speaking, and teaching aims to provide the encouragement and expertise to intentionally tackle issues that impede progress toward belonging, inclusion, and personal fulfillment.
Murphy has over a decade of experience working with Wall Street firms to enhance their risk and diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) strategies. She has developed and executed DEI strategies to support the hiring, retention, and advancement of underrepresented employees at Fortune 100 companies and designed dynamic educational programs to raise DEI awareness.
In 2020, Murphy published her debut book, Home For Hurricanes, a coming-of-age memoir in verse that honors the resilience of the human spirit as it explores issues of race, gender, sexual assault, parental abandonment, mental health, and faith. Home For Hurricanes was named a 2021 Best Book Awards Winner by American book Fest and became an Amazon bestseller.
Murphy is the founder and CEO of Literare Living LLC and co-owner of a real estate investment company she runs alongside her husband. They invest in underserved communities and rehabilitate properties to provide beautiful, affordable housing to low-income families.
Murphy has been named a 2019 Diversity Leader by Profiles for Diversity Journal, one of Face2Face Africa’s 30 Black Stars Business and Professional Achievers, and has been awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and events, on topics ranging from diversity, equity & inclusion to self-empowerment. Murphy holds a B.S. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She and her husband live on Long Island, New York with their 6-year-old son.
MURPHY’S MOST RECENT RELEASE
Murphy’s most recent release “Home for Hurricanes: A Memoir of Resilience in Poetry and Prose” continues to “wow” readers abroad. Murphy states that she wrote this memoir to inspire others, especially other Black women, who have faced similar struggles to know that they are not alone, to find their footing, and to know that there is hope after hurricanes. Her desire is that through her story, readers feel seen and inspired to face life’s obstacles with faith and a renewed perspective that uses even the worst experiences as fuel to flourish.
I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook version of the memoir, and found it to be quite pleasant and engaging. My four takeaways are: The importance of mother-daughter relationships, Seeing through the eyes of our daughters, Young women having the right to make choices that are beneficial for them, and The power of being a black woman. I give this amazing piece of work five stars, and encourage others to go read and/or listen to it.
Home for Hurricanes: A Memoir of Resilience in Poetry and Prose can be found at https://www.nikki-murphy.com
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