After abandoning policy making and delving deeper into life as an educator, Nicole was inspired to start the AIM Higher Foundation with a mandate to identify and empower promising low-income students so that they too can unlock their potential through access to tertiary education. Her vision is to inspire youth globally to AIM Higher. Further to that end, she serves on the Boards of the Early Childhood Commission, the HEART Trust/NTA, the Jamaica Tertiary Education Committee and the CHASE Fund in Jamaica.
Regarded as one of the most influential voices on empowerment, education, parenting and entrepreneurship, Nicole was selected to speak at the Paris Headquarters of UNESCO as part of the Give1 Foundation Emerging Global Leaders Conference and presented with their Women In Leadership Award in 2017 and recognized by the highest office in Jamaica - that of the Governor General - when she was named a 2018 recipient of the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Achievement and Leadership. In 2019, she was appointed National Productivity Ambassador by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Jamaica.