Nicole Hancock Husband is an attorney, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (“CPCC”), and Human Resources executive. Nicole graduated from Howard University School of Law in 1996 with a Juris Doctorate and from Ohio State University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with a Finance/International Studies double major and Spanish minor.

Nicole studied coaching with The Coaches Institute (“CTI”). Nicole took the five core courses with CTI in 2009, completed her 6-month certification process in 2010 and received her CPCC certification from CTI in January 2012.


In 2007, while experiencing a personal crisis, I attended a conference in New York and heard an inspirational speech by a well-known author and coach. It was during that speech that I decided to pursue training as a coach. This speaker encouraged me to follow a longstanding dream of mine to inspire others. Although practicing law had been a fulfilling career for many years, I was looking for a way to connect with people and their most important goals and desires. I decided to become a coach so I could help others to follow their dreams and claim victory in their lives.

From 2009 to 2015, I continued practicing law by day and coaching by night! While studying to become a coach and after becoming certified, I maintained my practice as a lawyer by continuing to advise in-house clients on various employee issues. Having worked so hard to become a lawyer and to build a reputation as an employment law expert, it was important to me to continue practicing law while also becoming, and starting my work as, a coach. I have coached many clients during the evening after work and also on weekends. Being able to practice law and coach at the same time allowed me to pursue two of my passions – using my legal training to help others comply with the law and inspiring others to be the best, most fulfilled person possible. My coaching skills definitely helped me in my practice, especially as an employment lawyer.

Who knew when I became a certified coach in January 2012 that I would move fully into the realm of Human Resources in late 2015?  I certainly had no clue when I became a lawyer or when I sought my coaching certification.  In November 2015, I had the opportunity to try a position in Human Resources at my company for a short time to see if it was a fit.  I couldn’t refuse an opportunity that would give me new experiences, especially when I had an “escape clause” if it didn’t work out for me.  Soon after moving over to Human Resources, though, even with some in my ear questioning why I would leave the law for HR, I knew that this was something I wanted to truly give time to and explore.  With my current role, it often feels like I am coaching day and night!  I am in coaching conversations on a daily basis with my clients, my team, and sometimes work colleagues who don’t fit into either of those categories.  It has been such an informative and helpful experience for me as an executive and I’ve developed many additional skills in my HR role.

Nicole as a
motivational / inspirational speaker

As I studied and learned how to coach, I realized that coaching is not the only method I want to use to encourage others. As an employment lawyer and an HR executive, I have moderated and participated in numerous panels and I have conducted hundreds of training sessions on various employment issues. I have also taught law students. These pursuits allowed me to use my speaking abilities to share important messages with those in the audience or class. In addition to continuing to teach and train on these types of issues to improve the workplace, I am also passionate about speaking to help people improve their lives. So I have been a  keynote and conference speaker many times, all in service of my passion to inspire, motivate and help others develop and grow. 

Personal Information

I live in Los Angeles, California with my husband and daughter. In addition to spending time with family, I love salsa dancing, Zumba and tennis, as well as reading and watching what some might say is A LOT of TV.