2021 Opening Speaker

Nicole Phillips

Nicole Phillips has been favored by Oprah AND won a car on The Price is Right! But her favorite joy comes from spreading the message of the transformative power of kindness. She hosts NPR’s The Kindness Podcast, has written 4 books and wrote The Forum’s Kindness is Contagious column for 10 years. Nicole shares her perspective on resilience when she speaks about being the flower girl in her mom’s prison Nicole Philipschapel wedding and when being diagnosed with breast cancer on her 40th birthday. She enjoys speaking at conferences, events, and hosting professional development workshops all over the country.

Nicole has her Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and has worked as a television anchor and reporter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin and Fargo, North Dakota. As Miss Wisconsin 1997, she spent the year touring the state talking to kids and adults about overcoming crisis. Nicole lives in Aberdeen, South Dakota, has three children and is married to her childhood crush, Saul Phillips. Go Badgers!