Horizon Leader Group (HLG), the world’s first, “From Locker Room to Board Room” leadership development agency, has welcomed Canadian sailor, 5-time Olympian, and ICF Professional Certified Coach Nikola Girke. Nikola brings the drive and determination of a competitive athlete, and a great passion to help others discover their personal version of success, to her role as Managing Member & emotional intelligence and mental health consultant for Horizon Leader Group (HLG).
Nikola is amongst only a few elite athletes who have made the transition from one sport to another. She has achieved a top 10 in the World across 3 different sport disciplines. Being an elite athlete for 20+ years, she understands the struggles that come with reaching for the podium and the endless parallels between sport and business allowing Nikola to easily relate to her client’s needs and goals.
Nikola spearheaded 5 Olympic campaigns from the grassroots level and is the principal founder of Own Your Podium where she helps her clients define and own their own podiums. As a coach consultant for San Francisco-based start-up Modern Health, Nikola has an international reach, and works with both students at UBC Sauder School of Business and professional athletes as they transition into their next career.
Founded in 2019 and based in Toronto, ON, HLG is a first-of-its-kind Leadership Development Agency for world-class athletes, their stakeholders, and executives in the Business of Sports.