Meet P.U.M.P.S. Founder

Nicole J-Wheatly

Nicole J-Wheatly is a Community Development Consultant that specializes in revitalizing neighborhoods.

When communities are left in great disparity, seemingly without any hopes of being revitalized, it is common for residents, businesses and others to flee. Nicole’s great passion is bringing communities back to life again by empowering people to build strategies and learn to work with one another to make progressive change. Nicole J-Wheatly is a Community Development Consultant that specializes in revitalizing neighborhoods.

Highly inspired, Nicole J-Wheatly has worked over the past 20 years as a Community Development Planner with a strong emphasis in Business and Housing Development. She was the Founder of Sensual Steps Shoe Salon a premiere high fashion shoe boutique in the heart of the Bronzeville community. She also owns, Steps Inc. Consulting, a community development organization that provides comprehensive community plans to improve the quality of businesses, housing, education, social services and health/security.

Nicole has appeared on NBC, ABC, CLTV, WFLD, FOX, Steve Harvey Show, ABC’s Shark Tank Reality Television program, Monique Caradine Fox TV Taping, JET and EBONY Magazine, Footwear News Publication and local/national radio shows.

Nicole, a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, has also earned the Urban Public Policy Certificate of Graduate Studies at the University of Illinois. She has completed her Masters of Art’s Degree in Applied Professional Studies at DePaul University and focused on “Urban Studies” Nicole graduated in 2008 with Honors.

Nicole host seminars and special events to encourage business and housing development.