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The Authenticity Coach:
Nicole Johnson-Scales

My Experience


Nicole Johnson-Scales 

The Authenticity Coach


My heart grew during that time too, and I realized that my passion was less in the corporate space and was more in supporting leaders to grow, step into their authentic selves, and rise to new challenges and leadership levels. This passion became my purpose and eventually my full-time career – serving individuals like you to become the best possible versions of themselves.


If you’re looking to tap into your greatest potential, overcome your unique challenges, and honor your authenticity while advancing your fullest potential, I’d be honored to support you in this exciting journey forward.

With over two decades of corporate leadership experience, my heart and passion are in empowering my clients to step into their greatest success in the most authentic way - becoming high-impact leaders within their industries. Whether starting a new role or positioning themselves to rise to their next level leadership, I work closely with clients to empower leaders to design a powerful strategy that leverages their strengths and talents, builds their confidence, and inspires courage along the way.


This is core to who I am as a coach because this is what my personal struggles were as I grew in my executive career and leadership career path. I struggled to know how best to grow, how to evolve my role professionally while my life evolved personally, and how to honor what I needed while showing up as the leader I wanted to be. As a member of the Executive Leadership team at Fifth Third Bank, Chicago, I had many opportunities to stretch myself and grow while I steered several critical initiatives, using Corporate Social Responsibility to grow the business and enhance the organizations reputation. My role grew and eventually included wide-ranging responsibilities of leading the bank’s $5.6 billion Community Commitment and acting as a key strategic advisor to the region president and other executive leaders; effectively navigating the needs of multiple stakeholders.


Nicole Johnson-Scales 

The Authenticity Coach


  • MBA from Olivet Nazarene University



  • Certified Professional Coach, ICF



  • Recipient of numerous awards, including the National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful & Influential Leaders and Chicago United Leader of Color

  • Been recognized nationally and locally as a corporate and civic leader


​Notable Facts

  • Adjunct Professor at Loyola University and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, teaching courses on Values-Based Leadership, Leading Organizational Change and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Founding Guide at Chief (the social network dedicated to women’s leadership)

  • Continue to serve on several boards and committees, including City Colleges of Chicago Foundation

  • Married with two children

About Nicole

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