Rachel B. Cooke

Inspiring Leaders to Build Thriving Teams

About Thriving Teams

Our products, technology and services are only as strong as the teams delivering them.

Thriving teams are teams that are empowered, inventive, and connected - in service of delighting customers.

Leaders with the insights and tools to build thriving teams will deliver exponentially more success for the company.

About Rachel

Named one of Inc. Magazine's Top 100 Leadership Speakers, Rachel's talks and workshops are designed to inspire, equip, and empower leaders to unleash the fullest potential of their teams.


She is the host of Macmillan's "Modern Mentor" Podcast, and she has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, HuffPo, and more. She blends humor with insight to reliably engage her audience, leaving them always with a clear and simple set of take-aways.


The Founder of Lead Above Noise, Rachel holds her Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and her Bachelors Degree in Human Development from Cornell University.

Most Requested Topics


Crafting an Employee Experience (EX) in Moments - Not Moonshots

The Employee Experience is a key driver of performance, talent retention, and customer delight. We know it's critical - and yet we get overwhelmed by its loftiness. This talk inspires and empowers leaders to let go of the moonshots and focus on the moments in which the EX can be shifted in a powerful way.


How Psychological Safety Sparks Innovation

In psychologically safe cultures, employees are inspired and empowered to deliver the ideas, pose the questions, and spark the debates that lead to our greatest moonshots... and "soonshots." Ideas big and small bloom when we empower our teams to speak up. This session provides a roadmap to psychological safety.


Balance as a Business


"Balance" is known to contribute to talent retention and mental health. In this talk, however, we position balance as a means to achieving stronger business results. With focus and attention our greatest assets, this program teaches leaders to invest them strategically, enhancing the ROI on everyone's time and efforts.

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"Rachel's session was engaging, insightful, and actionable. Best speaker we've booked this year."

EVP, Professional Services Firm

"Rachel offered simple strategies that had a notable impact on our business. Her ideas shifted the way we empowered our teams to serve our customers"

CHRO, Publishing Company