Nicole Hawkins

Consultant. Communicator. Creator.

Headshot UpdateNicole is a seasoned professional who partners with individuals and organizations to help them communicate better. She understands that good communication and creating engaging messaging, internally within an organization and to external audiences, is the key to success.

Nicole founded her company in 2004 with three core values in mind:

  • To provide open, honest and clear communication
  • To be collaborative with clients in order to find solutions and develop effective plans to reach their goals
  • To be selective when taking on clients to ensure that each receives the time and attention they deserve

Prior to founding NHC, Nicole was the Public Relations Director for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Washington Wizards. Nicole made history as the first African American woman to be named Public Relations Director for an NBA franchise. While working with the Wizards, Nicole worked closely with players, coaches, staff and members of the media. She was responsible for all aspects of running the department which included pitching and facilitating media interviews, traveling with the team to ensure all media relations requirements were met and ensuring that game night media operations ran efficiently.

Nicole is a member of ColorComm, an organization designed to unite diverse women in the communications industry, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) the Association of Women in Sports Media (AWSM) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for Most Valuable Kids and the Foundation Schools and the Advisory Board for Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation.

Born and raised in Watertown, New York Nicole is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.