Dr. Nicole Steele is a Mentor, motivator, multi-faceted business woman and modern day treasure hunter. She is Founder and Executive Director of Diamond In The Rough Youth Development Program, Inc. and Founding Partner of Gem Makers, LLC., a Coaching and Consulting Company. She has committed her life to empowering ladies, leaders and little girls, and helping them uncover the beauty boldness and brilliance within.
She is a professional multi-national speaker, facilitator, published author of multiple books, and personal Confidence Coach. She has graced multiple stages both domestically and internationally as a speaker and workshop presenter and has been featured in various publications, newspapers and magazines, and has made numerous appearances on radio and television programs.
With 30 years of corporate and youth development experience, Steele has committed her life to empowering leaders, ladies & little girls around the world. Dr. Steele is a John Maxwell Certified coach, speaker and facilitator for individuals, youth and families as well as a Christian Life Coach. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Alabama A&M University and received a Certification in Nonprofit Leadership from Michigan State University.
She is a graduate of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute (GNLI), and in 2016, CICA International University and Seminary conferred its highest honor, awarding Steele with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Humane Letters for over 25 years of service as a visionary, author, speaker, change agent, and advocate for women and girls. In addition, Word of Life Ministries International has conferred upon her all rights and privileges of an Ordained Minister, Chaplain and Ambassador at large.
Dr. Steele is the recipient of multiple awards including the 2021 Trailblazing Woman of the Year, The Department of Education’s 2018 MLK Drum Major Innovation Service Award, 2018 TIAA Difference Maker 100 Honoree, 2018 Raising Our Village Community Award, The People You Need To Know Super Star Award for Girls Empowerment, the Unsung Heroine Award Nominee, the USPS Women Putting Their Stamp on Atlanta Award, and the Soroptimist International Woman of Distinction Award. In addition, Steele was a nominee for the Trinity Nonprofit Award, The Rising In Community Excellence (RICE) Award, and the Jafee Awards.
Dr. Steele has received The State of Georgia Outstanding Citizen Award and The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barak Obama. Her passion and professionalism has helped encourage and equip thousands of ladies, leaders and little girls globally to unveil their purpose, unpack their potential and understand that they are simply priceless.
Steele is convinced that together we can truly transform the world…one child, one family, one community at a time.