Founder of Power Circle, Ambassador at Google for Startups, Self Improvement Blogger.
Nikita is an ESTP personality with a background in tech, social media marketing and events. She runs Power Circle, which is a startup community that connects like-minded millennials through social and educational events. She is also an ambassador at Google for Startups, empowering the next generation of BAME leaders in London’s tech startup ecosystem through various events and community activities. Nikita has a passion for personal development and has started a blog dedicated to self improvement to inspire more young people to care about it.
What does diversity mean to you?
Diversity literally means ‘a range of different things’. So to me, diversity is all about accepting and celebrating every individual despite their race, religion, culture, gender, sexual preference or economic background. It means ensuring that the same opportunities are made available to people, no matter where they come from or what they believe in. And most importantly, it means treating each person with the same care and respect as each other and ensuring all voices are heard without judgement and bias.
Why do you care about diversity?
I care about diversity because I believe that you can learn something from every single person in this world. Therefore, when I see people being excluded from or denied opportunities because of someone else’s bias, it makes me upset. I have achieved a lot so far but I was born in India myself and moved to the UK when I was 6 years old – what would have happened if I hadn’t been given a fair chance or if people didn’t believe in me because of my race?
This is (surprisingly) very much a reality for many people. There are start ups that haven’t been invested in because of unconscious bias and there are people who don’t follow their dreams because of a lack of representation or because their gender isn’t ‘typically’ suitable for the role. I want to work towards a world where diversity is no longer a HR initiative and the gender/race/religion/sexual preference questions are no longer part of job applications as they should not determine the suitability of a candidate.
What is one thing you wish you knew five years ago?
One thing I wish I knew 5 years ago is that you almost always become the average of the people you surround yourself with and the content you consume. This includes books, movies.. anything. I had good people around me for most of my life, however, I left this entirely down to chance. For example, in secondary school, I didn’t choose my friends intentionally, we just ended up being friends in year 7 and stayed that way until college.
I feel if I had known the impact the people around me potentially had, I would have tried to speak to more people – maybe people I had more in common with in terms of mindset and ambition? Starting Power Circle truly made me understand how different life is when you intentionally surround yourself with like-minded, driven, amazing people doing great things. You gain new knowledge and skills, your network grows and you inevitably open yourself up to more life experiences and opportunities.
Which books changed your life?
There are a lot of books that have changed my life in some way, so here are 10 that have made me take practical steps immediately after reading (in no particular order):
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
- What Every Body is Saying – Joe Navarro
- The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
- Life Leverage – Rob Moore
- The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
- 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene
- Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
- Start with Why – Simon Sinek
- The Chimp Paradox – Steve Peters
- The 4-Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss