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Meet Your Coach, Nikki Gianni...

I have a passion for leadership and the experience to back it up!

Welcome Fellow Leaders!

Thanks for visiting.  So, to make it as easy as possible for you to decide if you would like to work with me, I wanted to share my professional and personal background with you.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had an outstanding 25-year career with the Department of Defense. For the first 10 years, I was an active duty Air Force enlisted member (2.5 years) and officer (7.5 years) at five locations. For the last 15 years of my career I was a civilian employee with the Air Force (13 years) and the Navy (2 years) in senior leadership positions at five locations.

Leadership training was formally and informally provided over the years as a military member and federal civil servant, but I know it could have been better.  This is why I spent my personal time and money to improve my knowledge, skills and abilities.  I did this by obtaining a master’s degree in Management, completing Air War College, a senior-level professional military education program that is equivalent to a master’s degree, a number of master’s certificates in HR, program management, lean and six sigma, masters courses in conflict resolution, a number of federally sponsored courses, and lots of reading!  However, you can have all the education in the world, but without experience, it’s all just theory.  I had the opportunity to be a senior leader for 15 years, facing a myriad of leadership challenges to manage you would never dream of! Each and every situation was a learning experience that improved my ability to lead and manage my people.  I will share these experiences with you when appropriate.  Remember, there are no regrets in leadership, only lessons.

Additionally, I love to teach. I’m an Air Force-trained leadership instructor. I’ve taught for the last 18 years in every position I’ve held. It’s what led me to coaching. I am a Certified Professional Life, Career, Confidence and Transformation Coach, focusing on Leadership Coaching for entrepreneurs and career-driven professionals.

The Leadership Architect™ Ethos

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Offer the best leadership coaching on the market with the best customer service.

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Strive for success by taking calculated risks using the right assessment, mitigation, and agreement tools.

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Be responsible and accountable for The Leadership Architect’s actions and maintain 100% customer satisfaction.

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Be ethical, compassionate, empathetic, and a socially responsible coach.

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Be an open-minded coach, learner, collaborator, and relationship builder.

The Leadership Architect™ Mission

To empower emerging and established leaders on their leadership journey with my “Heart-Led, Military-Infused” leadership approach, resulting in successful leadership performance and get them on the express lane to advancement in less than 6 months of starting my “Revolutionizing Leadership,” program graduating as knowledgeable, confident, empathetic up-and-coming leadership architects!

The Leadership Architect™ Vision

To improve the productivity and morale of every organization I work with by incorporating my “Heart-Led, Military-Infused” leadership approach into their leadership team’s repertoire, exponentially increasing employee retention and performance and creating a growth mindset culture that survives through all of the ebbs and flow of the business world.

This great adventure hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been worth every minute!


Here are some fun facts about me:

  • According to the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment, my top 5 strengths are Strategic, Futuristic, Individualization, Activator, and Positivity.
  • According to the Myers-Briggs 16 personalities version, I’m an ENFJ-A, a protagonist. Only 2% of the population are protagonists, and my son happens to be one, too!
  • According to my clients – I’m empathetic, perceptive, and straightforward. I can bring a different perspective to the table to help you through your journey.
  • According to my friends, I am a good shoulder to cry on and the devil’s advocate when needed.
  • And finally, according to my 19-year-old son, he can talk to me about anything and not feel “weird.”
  • I love to do paint-by-number pieces, DIY home improvement projects (see the giant jenga I made in my personal photos in the section below), cook, and go to heavy metal/hard rock concerts whenever I can in my spare time. I did the “Badass Women” painting posted in the gallery below, along with photos of my kids and puppas.


And now for some extremely personal facts:

Let me begin by saying I don’t normally bring up such serious, personal topics when I first meet someone. However, I believe relatability is an important characteristic of a coach, so I want you to know that I can relate to almost anything on a personal level, in part due to these and other significant personal events. 

Therefore, please feel free to ask or share anything you feel will help you on your leadership journey. I get it. Even with all the challenges, I have had a beautiful life with no regrets.

I have been extremely fortunate to be the mother of two glorious children. Niya was my happy, sweet, beautiful daughter. Unfortunately, she passed from ovarian cancer two weeks shy of her first birthday. She was a fantastic human being and I’m so grateful to have had her in my life. Lex is my happy, healthy, smart, and beautiful on the inside and out 19-year-old son, now in his sophomore year at Ventura College. He is a phenomenal person in so many ways, he makes me feel lucky and proud to be his mom.  I am also the mom of Sammi and Sasha, our crazy puppas.

I was married for a total of 20 years. 10 years in each marriage.  Unfortunately, I divorced twice and was a domestic violence survivor of my first husband.  My second husband was active duty Army and lovingly adopted Lex when he was five, and still treats him as his own, even though we went our separate ways.

I’ve had an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis since my daughter was born in 2001, which made my life difficult for almost 20 years. Thank goodness I figured out how to get it into remission in 2020. If I hadn’t, I would be a very different person today.

I've worked with & led the best of the best. Now it's time for you to join them...

Work with me, and we will elevate your leadership skills and abilities to the next level, leading to career progression and job satisfaction, joining the best of the best!