Nicole Watkins serves as Illinois Action for Children’s Vice President of Human Resources, leading all aspects of HR including: recruitment, employee relations, benefits, compensation, and training and development. Nicole brings more than 20 years of experience in both corporate and nonprofit consulting and Human Resources Management. She joined IAFC in 2011 as the Assistant Director of Organizational Development and moved into the Director of Human Resources role eight months later. Prior to her time at IAFC, she worked with Advocate Healthcare as an Organizational Development Consultant and as a Human Resources Manager for Majestic Star, Harrah’s and Resorts International.
Nicole earned her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University and a graduate certification in Training and Development from Roosevelt University. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Indiana State University, with a concentration in Marketing.