Nikki Beck Kamkar

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M & A leader Nikki Beck Kamkar, in brief.

September 5, 2022
2 Minutes
Nikki Beck Kamkar

Home: Pearland, TX.  Age: Forty-ish.  Birthplace: Escanaba, MI.  Profession: M & A. Organization: Deloitte.  Title: Principal.  Alma mater: University of Michigan (BSE); University of Texas (MBA, MPAff).

Latest accomplishment: Surviving two years of a global pandemic with three small children. Latest contribution to others: Raised over $1 million to bring my county it’s first all-inclusive playground.  Recent travel or adventure: Mackinac Island, MI.  Last book read: Fix the System, Not The Women, by Laura Bates.  Recently viewed and recommended: Dopesick (Hulu).  

Personality profile: Decisive, introvert, warrior, mom.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  What is your greatest joy? My children.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Nurses and teachers.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Child care.

What was your first paying job? The drive thru at Hardee’s.  What was your favorite college course? Advanced Corporate Finance.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Legally Blonde.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Family photographs.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The unfortunate election of Donald Trump.  

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Continuing to challenge the status quo for women in the workplace.  

What change would you like to see in the world? People need to walk a day in another’s shoes. What message do you want to send out into the world? Be kind.  What widely held belief do you reject? That one’s individual contributions don’t matter.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Conservative nationalism.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Ruth Bader-Ginsburg.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An international environmental lawyer.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Nothing, it’s just stuff.  What advice would you give your younger self? Have patience, it will all work out in the end.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My twenties.  I was so unsure of myself.  

Personal motto: Try your best.  Favorite quote: "I have always believed that women are not victims.  We are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace – all we need is a fighting chance" (Hillary Clinton).

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