About Me

About Me

Nicole Clifton is a Phoenix-native writer and speaker, as well as a life-coach with Restoration Counseling. She is a voracious reader, a passionate advocate against injustice, and committed to being a lifelong learner. Her educational background is in psychology and spent 8 years working in higher education as a Resident Director.

Throughout her work in the field of leadership development, she has invested time in learning about many different personality tests & tools.

Her results of some of the most well-known options include:

Enneagram: Type 8, The Challenger

Strengths Finder: Input, Empathy, Communication, Developer, Connectedness, Achiever, Learner, Discipline, & Individualization


DISC Inventory:

Nicole was selected to speak at the inaugural Grand Canyon University TEDx event:


In My Corner

Nicole spoke at my church several times [around issues of social justice & sex trafficking, body image for young women, etc.] and I’ve also had the privilege of hearing her speak elsewhere. She’s a gifted communicator and her passion has a way of impacting her listeners in real and powerful ways. I learn something new every time I hear her speak and I always leave inspired.

Andrew Linderer
former youth pastor of Glendale Christian Church

Nicole Clifton is a gifted speaker who specializes in challenging her audience. She is passionate about students and people, and it shows in the way she approaches each and every talk she gives as she motivates and inspires groups of students. Nicole’s love for people is evident in her emotion and the way she reaches and connects with college kids. I am so excited to see what is next for Nicole. Give her a chance you will not be disappointed.

Alan Boelter
Dean of Students, Ottowa University

I have had the honor of knowing Nicole for just about 7 years now. She has come to speak to Options For Senior Living on multiple occasions. Her knowledge is mind-blowing. She helped us understand our different personality types as a team and as an individual. It impacted me in a way I could have never imagined. I learned some things about myself and my personality that has led me to work on myself as an individual but also things I can work on to be a more efficient team player. Her outpouring kindness and ambition is contagious and so motivating.

Tammy Crutcher
Options For Senior Living

Thank You!

“We are so grateful that you invested time in us. You push us to be our best and inspire new ideas each time we meet! Time is the greatest gift you can give someone, so for that we want to say THANK YOU!” – Becky Gaylor, CEO of Active Money Management, Inc.

We are so grateful that you invested time in us. You push us to be our best and inspire new ideas each time we meet! Time is the greatest gift you can give someone, so for that we want to say THANK YOU!

Becky Gaylor
CEO of Active Money Management, Inc.

Why Choose Me?

I am passionate about helping individuals, teams, and groups develop into the best versions of themselves. I see each person’s unique set of strengths & weaknesses, their potential, and how their story all play a crucial role into how they show up in the world. I am a dynamic speaker, who is willing to do the research & work to prepare the best possible experience for you & the needs of your group.

Individual Life Coach Sessions


Specializing in Life Coaching, Transitions for College Students & Their Parents

I believe in the power of story. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew the power of getting swept away by a story, and as an adult I have been further convicted about how truly transformational stories can be. I think our story is what makes us who we are.

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My History

Studying psychology at the undergraduate and graduate school levels, while spending the last 8 years working in higher education, I’ve had the unique opportunity to unlock my passions surrounding mentorship, team management, leadership development, and education beyond the classroom. Over the last few years getting to teach university student leaders, speak in churches, to private companies, and even on the TEDx stage, I’m getting the chance to branch out and pursue my passions of both writing and speaking!

My Philosophy

I believe in the power of self-awareness, life-long learning, using our voice to advocate for others, pursuing our passions & living out of our strengths, and owning our stories. If we want to live a life of growth, of love, of meaning, it will require risk and vulnerability; those are always the type of risks worth taking. For those I’m honored to do life with or work alongside, my heart is to communicate through my words and actions that I am always in your corner.

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