The Women in Business Achievement Awards are designed to celebrate women who have been successful in their business and careers, have made a significant impact on the business community and local economy and have served as mentors and examples to others.

ADS, Inc.'s Assistant General Counsel and Director of Compliance Nikki Williams was one of a handful of honorees. Learn more about her professional and personal mantras by reading the following article, originally published by Inside Business.

Nikki WilliamsAt work: After being in private practice at a terrific law firm for 20-plus years, I made the switch earlier this year to go in-house. I truly miss my clients and former colleagues but absolutely love my new position.

Having grown up in a military family, our military has a special place in my heart and being able to contribute (even in a small way) to their success is extremely rewarding. Plus, the ability to work inside a dynamic organization and interact directly with all of its different departments is exciting.

Home and family: A super supportive firefighter husband, two amazing middle-school girls, one chocolate lab, a hedgehog, and perpetual bad hair day hamster.

Volunteer activities: Hampton Roads has some amazing opportunities for volunteer involvement and I’ve been fortunate to have participated in many excellent ones , including those sponsored by the Neptune Festival and the Virginia Aquarium.

Motivating factor: My family. I want my husband and my kids to be proud of me and to see me as strong and smart.

Advice for women in business: In the words of a famous athletic brand, Just Do It. There are no more he versus she positions in business.

Professional goal in five years: To be an invaluable executive to the business operations of ADS.

The one thing I’d change about Hampton Roads: The name! I am a big supporter of us coming together as a single region but no o

ne from outside this area understands where Hampton Roads is—where is it located? Which cities are involved? I really like what Mayor Sessoms calls it, “Coastal Virginia.” Instinctively people can picture that area.

Region’s biggest asset: Geography. Our region has been growing since the first settlers at Jamestown. Its central coastal presence, with access to the Port of Virginia and the transoceanic high-speed internet cable, to name just a few, make this a great place to live and work.

Downtime: Being on the cutting edge of new technologies, I just recently came across this great service called Netflix and have been known to watch a whole season of a show at once. Someone should make up a term for that.

What really gets under my skin: Negativity.

Women in Business Nikki Williams ADS Inc
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