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Nikki Godfrey

Nikki Godfrey HeadshotA native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Godfrey is a summa cum laude graduate of Southern University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications.  She then was awarded a post-graduate fellowship and went on to receive a Master of Science degree, with honors, in broadcast journalism, with a concentration in African-American Studies, from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.

Following her tenure at Syracuse, Godfrey began her accomplished career at ESPN.  Nikki progressed from her start as an intern to be named one of the first African-American female Executive Directors of a major collegiate sporting event.  Her responsibilities included managing an HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) football event, overseeing operations for an NCAA bowl game and supervising two collegiate basketball events that featured NCAA tournament teams.  In addition, Godfrey’s work on various projects, including numerous Heisman Trophy presentations and several NFL Drafts, was nationally recognized and garnered her respect by industry professionals.  Through her twelve-year career at ESPN, Nikki was most honored that she was able to touch the community through her work and outreach efforts.

Currently, Nikki is serving as the director of promotions and event management at Louisiana State University.  She is also a student in the PhD program, working toward her PhD in Higher Education Administration.

A sought after speaker, Godfrey is the proud mother three sons, ages eight, four and one.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Junior League of Baton Rouge, the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). Among numerous awards and recognitions, Sports Events Magazine named Nikki the Most Outstanding Event Planner.  She currently sits on the board of the Brace B. Godfrey Foundation and the Community Association for Underprivileged Students.

Nikki’s pageant and performance career spans over thirty years. Nikki was trained from an early age in ballet and jazz dance.  A former dance instructor and studio manager, she prides herself in her craft.  Nikki has performed as a professional cheerleader for the American Hockey League and also for the Arena Football League.  She was also a selected principal dancer to open a concert for artist, Brian McKnight.
Since her first pageant as a child as Miss National Association of University Women, Nikki’s love for pageants and the stage was born.  Since then, Nikki has competed in numerous local, state and national pageants.  Nikki reigned as the National Miss Black and Gold for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.  She has also served as a pageant coach, choreographer and judge.