Quite possibly the hottest topic today. Join us as we talk to ordinary   folks working hard to be extraordinarily good people for the world.  


Erika Niles

Principal | Green Trails Elementary School

St. Louis, Missouri


Erika is the Principal of Green Trails Elementary in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri. She began her career over two decades ago as an elementary classroom teacher, serving in both Rockwood and Hazelwood schools. In addition, Erika was previously a middle school gifted social studies teacher, literacy coach, and elementary math specialist in the Ladue School District, and the building leader and instructional coordinator at Captain Elementary in the Clayton School District. Erika holds a Master's in Education Administration from Southwest Baptist University, a Master's in Education from Lindenwood University, and a Bachelor’s in Education from Maryville University. She is currently a character education and servant leadership doctoral student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


Erika is also an education social media influencer with over 25,000 Twitter followers. How can you not love someone whose social media header image reads "this beautiful mess." Her one-phrase tweet perspectives are cited, retweeted, and discussed by the likes of Education Week and Edutopia. For a refreshing yet pointed take on education, life, and everything in between, you can't go wrong joining her on Twitter @flyingmonkey13



Marvin Anderson

Senior Vice President | Private Client Advisor  Bank of America Private Bank

St. Louis, Missouri

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A city of St. Louis native, Marvin Anderson is Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, in St. Louis. Marvin leads the design and development of tailored financial strategies for individuals, families, and institutions. He works closely with business owners, senior executives of public and private companies, and endowments and foundations to identify their long-term goals and pursue those objectives with forethought and care.


Marvin believes in treating clients as he would like to be treated. Before joining Bank of America Private Bank, Marvin was a Banker with J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank. Previously, he spent most of his nearly 30-year career as an investment banker with A.G. Edwards and Wachovia. He holds an M.B.A. and a Master’s degree in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a B.S.B.A. from Rockhurst University.


Marvin serves as a Board Member of the St. Louis Community Foundation, the Christian Church Foundation, The Interfaith Partnership, Missouri Historical Society, Oasis, and Webster University. In addition, Marvin serves on the CharacterPlus Executive Committee as Secretary.