40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

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Nia Batts, 27

Director, Strategic Partnerships & Social Impact

Viacom Inc.


Batts is responsible for optimizing marketing, cause marketing and corporate responsibility practices across the company while managing relationships with key partners and foundations to align market forces with positive social impact.


Major professional accomplishment: "Being included on this list. I grew up seeing my dad’s name in this magazine and now we both get to see mine." 


Next career goal: A successful social impact partnership that benefits the students and greater community of Detroit.


Professional lesson learned: Choosing the right partners is often the key to success.


Advice for college grads: "You don’t have to plan your entire life at 22 but you do owe it to yourself to live presently and learn from the opportunities in front of you."


Major personal accomplishment: Having the privilege of meeting and working with the President and First Lady


Next personal goal: To climb Machu Picchu 


Dream vacation: "I’m dying to visit the Tribewanted sustainable community at John Obey Beach in Sierre Leone. They’re doing really incredible work there: http://www.tribewanted.com/"


Dream car: "One that flies. They’ve been promising that for a while."


Phone: iPhone 4S 


Laptop: Macbook Pro


Other tech tools: iPad "My favorite app is HootSuite. It’s vital given the rate at which we create and consume content."


Favorite beverage: “I’m addicted to the green juice from Blossom Du Jour in Chelsea. It will change your life.”

Nia Batts, 27

Director, Strategic Partnerships & Social Impact

Viacom Inc.

Batts is responsible for optimizing marketing, cause…

  • Vondra Davis

    Hello Nia this is Mrs. Davis coach Davis wife remember me? You ran with us for the Blazers Track Club we have been trying to locate you and your mom! You are so beautiful in this picture! OMG it has been years! We are having a Blazers Reunion and would love if you and your mom could come! Our phone number is 517 630-8806 my cell is 313 377 5320 call anytime!