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I am an impassioned multicultural and multilingual Biology/Biotechnology Educator and Educational Consultant with extensive expertise, a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics, and a Master’s degree in Education. I have dedicated my career to teaching, elevating the quality of biology and biotechnology education programs, and updating them to keep up with the latest developments and bridge the gap between the academic theoretical approach and the industry’s practical needs. My well-developed pattern of contribution and achievement at several institutions in MA and CA was fueled by my extensive background and subject matter expertise in molecular cell biology, biotechnology, genetics, and microbiology, as well as my proficiency in a wide range of lab techniques and their real-life applications.
In 2016, I joined the Biotech Bridge Training Academy as Instructor and Content Specialist to focus on workforce and career development training that prepares adult learners for biotechnology careers and/or education pathways. The pandemic sparked me to start up my own biotechnology career development business to expand the scope and impact of my work.
As adjunct professor in the LA area, I taught at multiple community colleges and CA State University, LA. Prior to that, I was an Associate Professor at Bunker Hill Community College in MA, where I designed and developed the curriculum for a two-year Associate degree with a biotechnology option for employment and a transfer option. Throughout my career, I provided consulting services on best practices in Biotechnology education and career readiness to high schools and industry partnership programs.
My experience in teaching and mentoring a multicultural and remarkably diverse student body has afforded me a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students.
I am a facilitator for educators' professional development programs on anti-bias and social justice education, which focuses on building strategies for culturally responsive teaching, developing social media literacy to combat hate, and integrating social emotional learning as an equity-based strategy. I am a docent at the Museum of Tolerance (LA), where I volunteer as exhibit tour guide.
I thoroughly enjoy being a life-long leaner and contributing to Biology/Biotechnology education as well as anti-bias education and community building initiatives.
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Graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with degree in Management; HR, Nicole holds a SPHR-CA, (Senior Professional in Human Resources; CA Employment Law Certification) giving her the chance to utilize a California specialization and mastery of Human Resources.
Nicole has spent her 25-year career in HR working as an HR Director and Area Director, guiding, and developing others to be their best; and working across the country for Fortune 100 companies. Some of her career highlights include handling the takeover of the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, opening the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, and leading that team to earn their Forbes 5 Star designation within 7 months of opening.
Looking for a new challenge and a desire to utilize her unique skill set, Nicole started Mindful HR Consulting; Coaching Services in February 2020, enabling her to focus full-time on developing others outside of Hospitality. She now services all industries brining her “at your service” and luxury brand experience to all her clients.
Nicole is currently pursuing credentialing as an ACC Certified Executive Coach with the International Federation of Coaching to further enhance her offerings to her clients.
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