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Strengths Finder results: Relater, Input, Strategic, Achiever, Learner

Meyer-Briggs results: INFJ (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging)

Get to Know The Burnett Group

Officially launched in 2016, The Burnett Group, LLC inspires professionals, deepens impact, and challenges the status quo of service delivery in Middle TN and surrounding areas. Founder & Principal Trainer Erika R. Burnett leverages her years of nonprofit leadership and community engagement experience to support the growth & development of a variety of professionals and organizations. She enjoys serving as a master trainer, consultant, and facilitator across a variety of topic including volunteer management and engagement, youth development, team building, leadership exploration, and generational differences.

Most recently, Erika leveraged her capacity as the Affiliate Director for Communities in Schools of TN at Nashville (CISTN) supporting a team of direct service providers working to eliminate barriers for our most vulnerable scholars within Metro Nashville Public Schools. Prior to joining CISTN, Erika served as Senior Director of Programs with Hands On Nashville supporting volunteer engagement and nonprofit partnership program. Under her leadership, the curriculum-based youth and urban agriculture programs deepened skill, knowledge, and behavior outcomes of participants through service learning. Previously, Erika worked at the Oasis Center as a Youth Engagement Program Coordinator, overseeing a city-wide coalition for the reduction of youth violence and increased civic engagement of marginalized youth.

Nationally, she has lent her expertise towards supporting community organizing programming for current and former teachers across the country with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). Erika received her B.A. in English Education from Tennessee State University and her M.Ed. in Community Development Action from Vanderbilt University. She is a proud AmeriCorps and Nashville Emerging Leader alum who has been committed to Nashville’s nonprofit community for over 14 years. She enjoys facilitating restorative justice circles in Metro Nashville Public Schools and co-leads a ministry-based creative arts company.

Select Certifications and Qualifications


7-12 English Teacher Certification
Peace Circle Facilitator Certification
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Certification
Rockwood Leadership Institute certified
The Management Center certified

Entrepreneur Center Women in Leadership series
Nashville Emerging Leaders Class of 2016
Small Business Association Emerging Leaders Class of 2017
Leadership Donelson-Hermitage Class of 2018                 New Leaders Council Class of 2018



CORE Competency Assessment for Nonprofit Professionals: Lipscomb University
Advanced (3) or Strategic (4) ranking in the following competencies:
Change Mastery
Strategic Influence
Results Orientation