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The world is built on systems that thrive when we shove each other out of the way to get a little more for ourselves. To stay on top, we (usually unintentionally) create chaos in our relationships that disconnect us from ourselves, our family, our friends, and our colleagues – upending our peace and obstructing our success.

In this paradigm, we have an abundance of cordial relationships that sustain our day-to-day but don’t offer the support and nurturing we need to access our power. We need more space for the “real” in our lives – relationships and circumstances that hold the (often messy) truth. It may not feel good, but it’s exponentially powerful.


As a facilitator of communities of practice, my key focus is on using these groups as a powerful tool for implementing JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) initiatives. I work with members of these communities to collectively identify and address issues of injustice, promote equity, and create a more diverse and inclusive environment.

I understand the importance of creating a safe and inclusive space for all members of the community of practice to engage in open and honest dialogue about JEDI. By encouraging these conversations and facilitating the sharing of diverse perspectives, I empower community members to effect positive change within their organizations. I also offer consulting and training services to help organizations build inclusive and equitable communities of practice, which can serve as a catalyst for systemic change.

Through my guidance and support, organizations can work towards creating a more just and equitable environment for all, by leveraging the power of communities of practice.

Nikki Silvestri, CEO of Soil and Shadow

What do I do?

I help curious, engaged individuals resolve tough relationship dynamics so you can have real, fulfilling relationships that change you and the world. I also help businesses and non-profits design relationship-centered economic and environmental strategies.

My job is to show you how to foster real interconnection and use it to build the bridges that get things done

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For Leaders and Individuals: I’ll help you increase your influence so you can bring about the change you want to see.

For Businesses and Non-Profits: I’ll help you center people within your economic development and environmental strategy work to make your projects and initiatives more successful.

Nikki Silvestri, CEO of Soil and Shadow

Who Am I?

Nikki Silvestri, CEO of Soil and Shadow

Nikki Silvestri is, first and foremost, a mother of two, wife, and sci-fi nerd. Nikki is also a serial non-profit executive director and entrepreneur (currently the CEO and founder of Soil and Shadow), a board member of Greenpeace USA, and an international keynote speaker.

Nikki’s unique approach to inclusion, leadership, and organizational development takes cues from nature, building models of “social fertility” to weave them into a Joy and Impact™ framework. Her work also encourages a rigorous and shame-free approach to acknowledging our societal shadows and blind spots, especially when attempting to balance the triple bottom line (ecology, economy, and equity) in times of uncertainty, climate/health feedback loops, and increasing volatility.

Nikki’s wide-ranging career has taken her from presentations at the White House and negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency to intimate workshops with local businesses and small retail organizing. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including ELLE Magazine’s Gold Award and OxFam America’s Act Local, Think Global Award, and she was named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans.

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