At Feminest we are builders.

Builders of creative empires. Of bridges to your business’s next big break. Of connections and confidence. Of the next wave of kick-ass female entrepreneurs and the businesses they’re working overtime to create.

I believe in the power of face-to-face chats, the magic of technology, the joy of being comfortable in your skin and the importance of showing up Every. Damn. Day. I know whatever you’re building and whatever stage your business is in, it’s special. And that’s why I'm here to lend you tools, resources, tissues, coffee and high fives whenever you need it.

Let me inspire, empower and help you navigate your business into its bright future like a warrior. I know you’re really good at what you do. I'm really good at what I do, too. And that’s why, together, we’re going to take over the world.


Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
- Rumi

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Nikki Ricks

Nikki is a business coach for creative women-owned businesses.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degree in urban planning, she was working at a Chicago architecture firm when she had her first daughter. Nikki wanted a more flexible way to work, which sparked the idea of creating a coworking space with in-house childcare. As she researched the market and held events at local coworking and play spaces, her favorite part of the business was meeting more of Chicago’s incredible, inspirational, powerful professional women and talking to them about their work.

She has been helping women get organized since implementing the rotating recess snack with her first-grade girl gang and overhauling friends’ rooms on play dates.

Now Nikki works at FemiNest, where her goal is to help build scalable businesses straight from the brains of female entrepreneurs. In her free time she mentors at 1871 and 2112. She loves goals, business models, to-do lists, brainstorming, efficiency, and getting you a freaking paycheck.