Who We Are

Our Approach

At Nikeya Diversity Consulting, we believe that diversity is not a one-time event but rather an ongoing, intentional journey. To be truly competitive in today’s global economy, companies must be agile and able to forecast industry trends, changing demographics, and market disruptions that are coming down the pipeline in the next 5, 10, and 20 years.

That’s why we work closely with our clients to create customized and sustainable diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement programs that meet their specific needs and drive lasting change. We offer a range of services, including, but not limited to, conducting D&I cultural audits, creating executive alignment with leadership, developing employee resource groups, and multi-prong training.

Our goal is to help organizations reap the benefits of a diverse workforce, including increased innovation, better decision making, and improved talent engagement and retention. By partnering with us, companies can gain a competitive edge and position themselves for long-term success in the global marketplace.

By consistently including and engaging your diverse talent within an equitable environment, it empowers them to take calculated risks driving creativity, innovation, growth and sustainable results.

Workplace Outcomes:

  • fosters dynamic, diverse, open and positive workplace cultures
  • enhances talent attraction/retention strategies; decreases attrition rates and turnover costs
  • empowers talent to drive creativity, invention and innovation
  • increases ROI: profit, growth/expansion, market penetration, customer satisfaction
  • creates high performance teams utilizing strengths of diverse backgrounds, leadership/management styles, cultures, perspectives, skills, experiences, etc.
  • increases team morale and productivity
  • increases brand, public relations and corporate/organizational image
  • reduces litigation costs

Community/Regional/State Outcomes:

  • creates a diverse, safe and welcoming place enhancing overall quality of life
  • aid in the attraction and retention efforts of diverse populations to assist with workforce talent issues
  • increases community/economic development aiding in attraction of diverse industries
  • increases tax base
  • fosters sustainable population growth
  • increases brand, public relations and image impacting position of rankings in various categories they are measured in
  • reduces litigation costs

Our Story

“Why are you switching to diversity?” This was the main question that many asked Sarika Bhakta when she decided to pursue a new venture in her professional journey by founding Nikeya Diversity Consulting LLC, a global firm based in Iowa, USA.

Sarika’s desire to pursue a new venture in diversity consulting was driven by a number of factors. She saw and experienced first-hand the need for more diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement (DEIE) in the workplace and in society at large, and wanted to use her skills and experience to help organizations achieve this goal.

Sarika’s leadership philosophy is based on taking care of your internal customers first so they can in return service your external customers. This resonates strongly with DEIE principles in driving cultural transformation. When people feel seen, valued and respected, they are more likely to be engaged and motivated, which can lead to better performance and innovative outcomes. By working with executives and community leaders to promote these values, she is helping to create a more equitable and prosperous future for all, globally.

Nikeya Diversity Consulting is a cutting-edge global consultancy firm specializing in fostering diverse, equitable, inclusive, and engaging workplace cultures. We believe that diversity is not just a buzzword, but a powerful tool for driving business success in today’s global economy. Our unique strength-based data driven approach combines research-backed strategies with hands-on implementation to ensure real, measurable results for our clients. We have a proven track record that sets us apart as we deliver measurable outcomes and a strong return on investment. Elevate your company/regional culture and unleash the full potential of your workforce and marketplace with Nikeya Diversity Consulting, a proud woman and minority owned small business.

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: To empower individuals to authentically champion inclusive environments, fostering innovative cultures for global excellence.

Vision: A world where differences are embraced fueling success and innovation, inspiring positive change in communities and industries worldwide.

Meet the Founder & President

Sarika Bhakta, CDE

Founder & President

Sarika Bhakta is a visionary leader with a fierce passion for empowering individuals. She was born in Gujarat, India and raised in the American Midwest. Adjusting to the American culture was extremely challenging for Sarika. This inspired her life’s legacy to empower people to live and lead authentically by leveraging their unique diversity, as a value differentiator, to deliver innovative results. Sarika has dedicated her career to equipping people with the tools and mindset to live and lead authentically to impact their workplace and communities.

She has over 25 years of experience empowering diverse talent and population groups to maximize their leadership potential while increasing their cultural competency and global perspective. Sarika has expertise working with diverse industry sectors ranging from the government, private, academia to non-profit. She applies her expertise in leadership management, strategic planning, talent attraction/management, resource acquisition, business development, program design/delivery, community/economic development, and philanthropy.

Her work as Founder & President of Nikeya Diversity Consulting has earned her recognition as a thought leader in the field of diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement. She focuses on bringing the diversity pendulum back into balance and transforming the way companies approach diversity, leveraging her expertise to deliver cutting-edge solutions that drive impact.

Sarika’s work extends far beyond her consulting firm, as she is a sought-after speaker, coach, author, and podcast host. She co-authored the anthology book “Power Up, Super Women” which is a powerful testament to her commitment to women’s empowerment, She’s also the host of Diversity Straight Up podcast which brings together executives to discuss the importance of diversity in the workplace.

With her fearless spirit and relentless drive, Sarika is making waves as a true disruptor in making this world a better place by giving back. She serves on the board of several non-profits and foundations: Zach Johnson Foundation (PGA Masters Champion), Forever Welcome Foundation, Iowa Asian Alliance (AsianFEST) and regional United Way chapter.

Her astrological sign is a a Taurus and her name Sarika in Hindi means hummingbird, hence her mantra in life is “Hear you roar, see you soar!”

Let’s Make An Impact Now…

Don’t settle for a cookie-cutter approach to diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement. Nikeya Diversity Consulting delivers customized and effective solutions that deliver sustainable outcomes. Invest in your organization and tap into the power of collaborating with a reputable global firm whose values align with yours.