Courtney Nikkel is a Business Development Advisor at Foster Group. In this role, she focuses on building strong relationships, facilitating our onboarding experience, and connecting new clients to Foster Group’s Advisory team.  She strives to help ensure every new client has an exceptional experience.

Courtney comes to Foster Group with more than eight years of sales and business development experience. Prior to joining Foster Group, Courtney sold pharmaceuticals for three years and cataract surgical equipment for over five years. Client engagement, training, and consulting were pivotal parts of her job that she is excited to bring to Foster Group’s business development role.


Relationships are what fuel my passions in life! I love getting to know people, who they are, and what ignites their life’s work and purpose. In my free time, you will find me spending time with my husband, daughter, and dog. We love to be active in the outdoors – biking, hiking, picnics, farmers markets – and always searching for the best food spots in the Des Moines area. We also love to travel as a family and enjoy going on mission trips to Jamaica and Tanzania.

When I am not spending time with my family, you can find me coaching the Urbandale Jaywalkers dance team with my sister. I have always possessed a desire to develop young leaders, and helping dancers grow to their fullest potential technically and personally is a beautiful art that is full of life lessons along the way.


B.A. Health & Human Physiology, Minor in Sociology, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA). While at Iowa, Courtney also co-founded the University of Iowa Dance Club.