Paula Nicholas

“We measure our success as executive search professionals by the long-term impact of the exceptional candidates we bring to our client organizations.”

As a Senior Research Associate with BoardWalk Consulting, Paula Nicholas gets great satisfaction from being able to put three decades’ worth of experience in executive search in striving to make a difference in the lives of many people.


Before joining BoardWalk, Paula was retained by a large executive search firm in a number of roles. Client service is her passion and she was instrumental in developing a Client Satisfaction Program. The program was designed as a follow-up with senior executives, and board members, with the goal of improving the efficiency and the quality of search executed by the firm’s offices around the world. As Director of Research, Paula hired, trained and managed staff in many of the firm’s leading offices as well as being part of a team that developed, and led, training for new research associates globally. In addition, as a Senior Associate, she managed all steps of the search including client and candidate management.


Prior to Paula’s career in executive search, she worked on an international planning and development team at General Motors. She was instrumental in establishing and managing an outpatient clinic in the inner city of Detroit for the Detroit-Macomb Hospitals Association.


Paula’s early life was influenced by the experience of growing up on a small farm in Kentucky where she learned the value of hard work. She is passionate about art, travel and family.

Paula Nicholas


BA, Psychology, Oakland University


Environmental Conservation
Workforce Development
Human Resources
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