Interview: Nikki Petersen

Interview by Amy Schief
Meet Nikki Petersen, one of our InterGifted Coaching Network coaches and part of IG’s Leadership Development.

NikkiIGinterviewpicHi Nikki, thanks for participating! Where are you from and where are you living now?

I live in Boulder, Colorado (US). I grew up in the mountains (Fraser, CO).

How did you find your way to InterGifted and how have you gotten involved so far?

I heard of it through the Gifted Adults group on Facebook. I’ve been doing peer-to-peer coaching, and gradually getting involved in leadership and organizational roles with IG. I’m also a coach in IG’s Coaching Network.

What do you do and what led you to it? What did you do before that?

I’m a coach for entrepreneurs and leaders, as well as an organizational consultant (like building organizations, not cleaning up your clutter!). Before that, I worked a crappy job in an operating room because that’s all I could get after my ex-husband died. Before that I was a stay-at-home-mom for 8+ years. Before that I was in medical school, with plans of becoming a Forensic Pathologist.

What are you working on now? What do you most enjoy about it?

I’m really excited right now to be helping entrepreneurs and other leaders to really propel their work. And the organizational stuff is also really awesome. I’m just happy to be doing what I’m energized by.

What was your dream job growing up?

Which year?? I remember in high school it changed at least annually. Fashion designer, hotel manager, paleontologist, marine biologist. In medical school it was Forensic Pathology and that never wavered because I wasn’t terribly interested in actually talking to patients (hello introvert!), although I had many patients who preferred me over my attending physicians (even as a student).

What would you like to learn next? Why?

I want to do more of what I’m doing. I want to really master it. I hope that takes a while. J

What is your dream project?

Every client I see, I guess. I want to be able to pick my clients based on what they’ve accomplished so far, what they want to do, and what their potential is.

What inspires you? What do you feel passionate about?

Other people who are high achievers. I don’t think I’m the smartest or the highest achieving person around, but I do better when surrounded by those who are. I end up being passionate about just about anything I get into. If it’s enough to interest me, then I’ll end up passionate about it. Deep diver? Yep!

What are three of your favorite quotes?

That also changed often. Right now I’ve got a few: Isolation is a dream killer (Barbara Sher), Safety is the enemy of success (Rich Litvin), and Vanity squashes learning (me).

What is home to you?

Where my kids are.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given either personally, professionally or both?

Be bold, be honest, be self-aware, and be connected.

How has giftedness shown up in your life? Have you always known about it?

I only discovered my own giftedness through testing my kids. I knew very early that they were but their father wouldn’t allow me to test them (he had a lot of issues). Once I realized what it was all about and recognized it all in myself, it really sank in. Now that I’m aware, I feel like it is all good now – like I’ve gotten through the hardest part.

What advice might you give someone who wants to learn more about giftedness?

Read about it and talk about it. Talk talk talk.

Describe a positive and one negative (if there is one for you) aspect of your giftedness or your relationship with giftedness.

Right now I’m learning really easily and quickly through audiobooks, which is a blessing and a curse. I can’t seem to get enough and the books I want aren’t always on audible. But I’m absorbing so much this way, it truly shocks me. On the other hand, if I’m not listening to something motivating (on a big scale), then I get distracted and can’t work through my day. It helps me stay focused.

How do you nurture your giftedness? How do you care for it, incorporate it into your life?

I guess surrounding myself with other gifted people; it makes me feel safe and free to be myself.

So true! Which is what makes InterGifted an amazing resource and provides us all with safe place to be exactly who we are! Thanks so much for sharing your time with us Nikki.  
You can learn more about Nikki’s coaching work on her website: To schedule an intro call with her, email us at

Stay tuned for our next IG Member Interview, and if you’d like to share more of yourself with us or there’s someone you’d like to know more about, you can send a message here

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