Broken to Brilliant! Nicole Steele’s Transformed Life Inspires Others


The word “broken” describes the way Nicole Steele, founder and Executive Director of Diamond in the Rough, Inc., felt as a young teen. After her parents’ divorce, Nicole felt lost, empty, and rejected which added to her low self-esteem, bad choices and unhealthy relationships.

From that dark place, Nicole was able to turn her life around with the support of others and is now helping young girls transform their lives with her non-profit organization, Diamond In The Rough Youth Development Program, Inc.

“Seeing how the trials, pains, mistakes, and poor choices from my broken past are now being used to empower and inspire a new generation, is one of the most rewarding things in my life,” Nicole says.

She credits her mother, teachers, and mentors for believing in her and holding her to a higher standard. “They all saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself,” she explains. She has committed her life to impacting and transforming the lives of girls in the same way.

In eight years, the organization has served over 3,000 girls, ages four to eighteen, with weekly group mentoring, leadership training, college/career coaching, family enrichment activities, camps and conferences.

Nicole has watched many of the girls, she refers to as GEMS, change their lives, take on leadership roles, and find purpose in life. Her vision is to expand the organization worldwide and to help others do the same through training, resource development and consulting. Her new book, Priceless: A Girl’s Guide to Uncovering the Beauty, Boldness, and Brilliance Within will be released in 2012.

“I am blessed to be living my purpose and finding joy, peace and fulfillment in the work I do,” Nicole says. “When my life is over, I want to leave the world a better place as a result of having been here.”

On April 14th, Nicole Steele will be a featured speaker at the 2nd Annual “Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta” Empowerment Summit, hosted by People You Need to Know Magazine. Get your tickets at

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