Dr. Rachel MK Headley C-Suite Network Advisor Since August 2016

Change Advisor, Speaker, Guide | TEDx Speaker | Hero Club | Forbes Coaches Council

Management & Leadership


To Entrepreneurial CEOs (with love):

I reject that “change is hard.” It can feel hard for you when your team doesn’t keep up. And it can feel hard for your team when you get excited about a fresh idea (which happens a lot right?!).

I am an expert in how to work *with* your team to leverage your dynamic and charismatic leadership.

If the office feels too chaotic for too long, people will start to leave. Your best people. The ones who have helped build your business. They love you, but they will still leave. 70% of all big ideas fail at execution (and retention rates plummet). You can beat the odds time and again, if you know the type of people you have, what motivates them, and develop ways to bring the insanity back a notch (for them, not for you). The kind of people who believe in you and want to help you build your business are not like you. They are caring and hardworking and focused and steadfast. And if we don’t put some processes in place to protect them from feeling off-balance, they will leave.

The thrilling part is that when Change is done well, it encourages creativity, engagement, and improves overall organizational performance.

I support organizations that are are dealing with fatigue from chronic change, CEO transitions, reduction in force, reorgs, mergers/acquisitions, new regulations, growth phases, and so on.

I bring a methodical and razor-sharp intellect to solve problems that suit your organization, your ideal culture, and business goals. I enjoy a good challenge (bring it!) and has over two decades of experience leading complex and ground-breaking achievements, managing big projects, and uniting diverse stakeholders.

I have led and managed teams for over 20 years. I am a Mensan, PhD scientist, a certified Project Management Professional, a global citizen, a choral singer, and an art patroness. My great-grandfather homesteaded in South Dakota, and I spent the formative years of my life on a small family farm. I find beauty in the prairie, its big sky, and its people.


Dr. Rachel MK Headley | Change Advisor, Speaker, Guide | TEDx Speaker | Hero Club | Forbes Coaches Council

"Rachel took the time to hear our concerns and helped us organize our thoughts to find a clear path to move forward and our new vision. Our sessions were very inspirational and helped to motivate us in many different aspects of our business."

Dr. Kari Bennett


"Engaging – Practical – Real – Theory/Concept into practice."

Thomas Lyle, PE

Chief Engineer

"I have implemented many of the techniques on a daily basis. Most notably, focusing on priorities, staying on budget & managing timelines... and delegating tasks more efficiently. I strongly recommend Dr. Headley, regardless of age or longevity in a role. Her content creates a lasting impression for leadership skills going forward."

Deena Piekkola

Managing Director


Dr. Rachel MK Headley | Change Advisor, Speaker, Guide | TEDx Speaker | Hero Club | Forbes Coaches Council

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