Notes from Rachel Braun Scherl’s Speaking Engagements

“Rachel Braun Scherl is a superstar Duke alum who served on our Innovation & Entrepreneurship Task Force, which led the curriculum committee and really changed the course of our focus at Duke, especially for undergraduate students. She is a favorite speaker about entrepreneurship and women in leadership – voted Best Speaker in the Duke in Silicon Valley program – and a successful entrepreneur.”—Kimberly Jenkins, Program Director of Duke in Silicon Valley, entrepreneur, visiting professor and Trustee Emeritus of Duke University

“I have been in the business of building direct-to-consumer businesses for decades. An entrepreneur has to be able to put the team together and motivate them so that they are focused single-mindedly on the business objectives and ROI. Rachel can ‘pump up’ the troops, get them focused, get them laughing and get things done!”—Fern Lee, CEO, THOR Associates

“I am a professional networker and marketer. I make my living reading people and connecting them to build their business and mine. Rachel has been a critical growth engine for my business. She has a knack for building relationships, energizing people and “getting stuff done.” I have invited Rachel to speak on behalf of a number of my clients across a range of venues. I will never forget the reaction she elicited at The Harvard Club in New York. If the folks in that audience could have jumped up and stormed the podium in excitement, they would have.”—Trish Rubin, Founder and President, Trish Rubin NYC Brand Management

“Rachel was on a panel for the Duke community in NYC focusing on entrepreneurship and women building businesses. Her style is engaging and motivating. The conversation was dynamic, with terrific audience participation. On a panel of business leaders, Rachel makes a real statement. We had a great response from our members to her presentation, her willingness to answer questions, and the quality of the information she shared. In fact, after the event we enthusiastically asked Rachel to be on our governing board.”—Sarah Rosen, Co-Chair, Duke NY Women’s Forum and Director of Development, NJTV Public Media

“I have worked with celebrities and businesspeople for decades. I have never seen a speaker that can light up an audience, the media or a journalist, connect with them and motivate them the way that Rachel Braun Scherl can. She is quite a unique combination of experience, professionalism, authenticity and humor. She is one in a million.”—Diane Terman, President and Founder, Diane Terman Public Relations

"Rachel is a terrific speaker in class.  Not only does she bring exciting stories from the trenches of entrepreneurship and business growth, but she does it a way that is humorous, engaging and inspiring. During the class, each of the student teams presented their business plans and asked Rachel to give them pragmatic feedback to drive their business - all in under 2 minutes.  Rachel provided great insight and helped all of the students shape their ideas. We look forward to Rachel's next lecture." - Jon Fjeld, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice of Strategy, Professor of Philosophy, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Rachel is a fantastic and dynamic speaker in our entrepreneurship classes. She has also spoken at our annual Women Entrepreneurship Week events. Rachel knows her stuff about creating, and then growing, a business and has wonderful (and witty) stories to share. We let Rachel speak longer than scheduled in our classroom because she was so engaging, and the students were so hooked. College students really relate to Rachel because she is so down-to-earth and real, using a tell-it-like-it-is approach and incorporating humor throughout her talk. As proof of how she connects with her audience, one student said, “Rachel has a great story to tell, and she tells it so well. Articulate, engaging and fluid in her delivery, she makes time fly for the audience and leaves them wanting more. Let's face it, who doesn't want to hear about being a vagipreneur?” - Sharon Waters, program manager, Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University

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