Who's Who of Top Executives

Nicole Steele, PhD

Title: Founder and Executive Director
Company: Diamond In The Rough Youth Development Program, Inc.
Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States

Nicole Steele, honorary PhD, founder and executive director at Diamond In The Rough Youth Development Program, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in youth development.

With nearly 20 years of experience to her credit, Ms. Steele has excelled as founder and executive director of Diamond In The Rough Youth Development Program, Inc. since 2004. Concurrently, she served as president at Gem Makers, LLC since 2012. Before embarking on her professional path, she pursued an education at Alabama A&M University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management in 1994. 

Ms. Steele holds an array of certifications, including three from the Maxwell Leadership as a coach, teacher, trainer and speaker, a team youth program facilitator, and as a parenting and family coach. Moreover, she is a certified chaplain and ordained minister from Word of Life Ministries International, a certified Christian coach through New Life Coaching, and is certified in nonprofit leadership by Michigan State University. She was presented with an honorary PhD by CICA International University & Seminary in 2016.

In addition to her primary vocation, Ms. Steele remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to her areas of expertise. She was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Women Speakers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Professional Leaders of Women and Girls. She found success with her five written works related to child development and published by Gem Makers Publishing. 

In light of her impressive undertakings, Ms. Steele has accrued several accolades throughout her career. She was recognized as a Difference Maker 100 Honoree by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association in 2018 and presented with 8 awards or nominations from several prestigious organizations and individuals including the Department of Education, the United States Postal Service, CannanLand Church, and President Barack Obama.

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