Hello! Thanks for checking out my website!

I’m Nichola Gutgold, a professor and author. I’ve always been inspired by people who overcome obstacles to be successful, and much of my research reflects that interest. I’ve had the honor of meeting and writing about women Supreme Court justices, women heads of state, notable women in broadcasting, women who have run for political office — and even the presidency. Women and the US presidency is the topic of my latest book, Still Paving the Way for Madam President, a follow-up to the first edition, Paving the Way for Madam President.

I enjoy speaking in public and sharing my research, as well as motivational messages, such as my latest research on women running for president in 2020 (forthcoming as a book in 2021).

Other topics include:

  • Speaking Up and Speaking Well
  • From the Town Square to TED Talks
  • Women of Excellence
  • How Women Run To Win Political Office

Last year, I published my first book of fiction and the lead character has many of the traits I’ve observed in the women I’ve researched. The book, Just Like You, shares the life of Stacey Falesh-Gutton, a perfectionistic bridal salon who everyone thinks is “so together” — but she harbors many self-doubts and has secrets she holds close to her heart. There’s romance, murder, ambition and suspense! Check out the reviews on Amazon! Sharing the messages of my fiction book with book clubs is also fun for me. And, I also like helping to motivate new writers to keep writing. I work with new authors who want to publish, and help them take their writing from an idea to publication. I also enjoy writing speeches.

Please connect with me on FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter. And remember, Speak Up and Speak Well! You can also contact me at or fill out the contact form below.


Nikki Gutgold — Political Commentary


Let's motivate our daughters to grow up to be president

This pilot film (and stand alone educational unit) will motivate our daughters to grow up to be president.



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