Nicole Maaguo

Founder & CEO - Ambition Unboxed by Cultivate Ink, LLC

Areas of Expertise

  • Promotions / Advancement

  • Reclaiming Your Inner Badass

  • Leadership Development

  • Start-ups + Non-Profits

  • Customer Success + Fortune 100 Clients

  • Project + Change Management

  • Software Development

  • Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions

Why I mentor,,,

"I'm tired of attending professional events where qualified, driven women continue to raise their hand and ask, 'How do I find a mentor?'.  What they are really asking is, 'Who can help me build a successful career as an ambitious woman?'. 


I've watched so many talented women be undervalued and underestimated at work, and I know, first-hand, just how lost you can feel when you don't have other ambitious women in your life that you can go to for guidance.  Enough is enough.  I want to live in a world where you can be wildly successful and I'm here to help you build it."        

To me, ambition means...

"To me ambition means being brave enough to dream big and audacious enough to believe that you can make those dreams come true through hard work, growth, and grit."


At her core, Nicole Maaguo is a builder.  She helps build companies by bringing clarity and focus to software investments through strategic execution.  Over 18+ years in tech, Nicole has helped build non-profits, associations, startups, and Fortune 100 companies by bridging the customer/developer divide and imbuing customer success principles into technology teams and business practices.  She excels at building teams that can accomplish the seemingly impossible and unlocking value-driven growth.   

In 2019, Nicole added a new focus to her work: helping other ambitious women build their careers.  By creating Ambition Unboxed, Nicole's bringing her creative problem-solving to the unique challenges women face that too often stall careers.  Challenges including workplace sexism, mentor-drought, and that critical voice in our own head.  She's on a mission to help women see and embrace the inherent beauty in our ambition while building the supportive community we need to thrive and more fully step into our potential.

Nicole has a Master's in Information Systems Management (MISM) and a Master's in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor's in International Affairs with a Minor in Economics from The George Washington University.  She also spent a semester in Kampala, Uganda, focused on Development Studies through the School for International Training and a semester in Nantes, France, studying French language and culture through the Institute for the International Education of Students.


Featured in the book Unlocking the Opportunity by Elise Stevens, 2020

Shortlisted as an Intercon Top 50 Tech Visionary, 2020

Nominated for a Technology Elite Award by US Business News, 2019

Featured Finalist for DC Startup Week WeDC Fest Innovation Marketplace, 2018

Numerous Project Management and Client Service Awards Throughout Her Career