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Nikki Barnett
Director of Career Development  

Role: Nikki provides innovative and strategic leadership that supports career coaching and education programs, for students and alumni. She executes training and professional development for a team of career coaches that support 8 Career Communities. She strives to engage students, alumni, staff and faculty in career learning communities, where students and alumni can leverage the support of others who have similar career interests.  Further, Nikki coaches alumni through all stages of the career life cycle, and manages alumni career volunteer programs.  
Personal/Professional Background: Nikki has worked at the Career Center for over 10 years. She received her LMSW in 2008 and continues to embrace a strengths perspective in her career counseling and coaching practice. She is a double alumna from Stony Brook University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) with a specialization in Student Community Development (SCD). She has been recognized for her efforts in career services with a Student Affairs Distinguished Service Award for Student Development and received the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional and Classified Service.

Topics She Can't Stop Talking About:
 Positive psychology, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and mentoring. Nikki enjoys working to develop programs and systems that help others become more self-aware, engaged and productive.