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I am an author, poet, diversity & inclusion leader, entrepreneur, and speaker empowering you to do life on purpose.


Monique "Nikki" Murphy wrote Home for Hurricanes: A Memoir of Resilience in Poetry and Prose to inspire others, especially other Black women, who have faced similar struggles to know that they are not alone, to find their footing, and to know that there is hope after hurricanes. Her desire is that through her story, readers feel seen and inspired to face life's obstacles with faith and a renewed perspective that uses even the worst experiences as fuel to flourish.

As a speaker, Murphy connects with her audience to provide the insight and actionable advice needed to take control of your life and career and make positive change to truly live your values and achieve success. With a unique approach for every audience combined with exceptional guidance, powerful storytelling, and contagious enthusiasm, Murphy guarantees a lasting impression.

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I have tried checking boxes and I've come to tell you that I have found much more satisfaction in breaking them.

Monique Y. Murphy

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Monique "Nikki" Murphy is an awarded Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader, speaker, poet, financial literacy advocate, mother, wife, and award-winning author of Home For Hurricanes: A Memoir of Resilience in Poetry and Prose. Murphy has a deep passion and expertise for equipping people, especially in underserved communities, with the knowledge and inspiration to reach their fullest potential in spite of life’s obstacles. Her writing, speaking, and teaching aims to provide the encouragement and expertise to intentionally tackle issues that impede progress toward belonging, inclusion, and personal fulfillment.

Murphy has over a decade of experience working with Wall Street firms to enhance their risk and diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) strategies. She has developed and executed DEI strategies to support the hiring, retention, and advancement of underrepresented employees at Fortune 100 companies and designed dynamic educational programs to raise DEI awareness.

In 2020, Murphy published her debut book, Home For Hurricanes, a coming-of-age memoir in verse that honors the resilience of the human spirit as it explores issues of race, gender, sexual assault, parental abandonment, mental health, and faith. Home For Hurricanes was named a 2021 Best Book Awards Winner by American book Fest and became an Amazon bestseller.

Murphy is the founder and CEO of Literare Living LLC and co-owner of a real estate investment company she runs alongside her husband. They invest in underserved communities and rehabilitate properties to provide beautiful, affordable housing to low-income families.

Murphy has been named a 2019 Diversity Leader by Profiles for Diversity Journal, one of Face2Face Africa’s 30 Black Stars Business and Professional Achievers, and has been awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and events, on topics ranging from diversity, equity & inclusion to self-empowerment. Murphy holds a B.S. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She and her husband live on Long Island, New York with their 6-year-old son. 

I did it as a mom. I did it with student loan debt. I did it as a first-generation college graduate. I did it without connections. I did it scared.

And you can too!


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