Rachel Knopf Shey

Rachel Knopf Shey, WomenLift Health Instructional Design Lead, Cross Regional

Rachel Knopf Shey

Instructional Design Lead, Cross Regional, WomenLift Health

Rachel has spent her 20-year career bridging public health theory and practice while working to achieve health equity. She co-creates much of WomenLift Health’s original content and facilitates global workshops, aligning with her core values of creativity and meaningful connection. Prior to working with WomenLift Health, Rachel was a clinician at a community health clinic, directed the public health program a New York City University where she created and ran a leadership program very similar to the WomenLift Health Leadership Journey, and supported global faculty in their pedagogy, learning & development. Rachel earned her BS in Community Nutrition and her MPH from the University of Michigan, has trained at the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, practices mindfulness meditation, reads voraciously, and loves to bicycle all over the world. She is based in New York City.

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All Sessions by Rachel Knopf Shey

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Authentic Leadership: Lead from your Values

Led by: WomenLift Health.

Discover the power of authenticity in leadership through a highly participatory workshop. Engage in self-reflection, intimate dialogue with small groups, and bring your reflections back to the plenary to explore what authenticity really means to you and how you might bring more of yourself into your leadership.

This session is designed to enhance emotional intelligence and support the mindset shift needed to solve systemic challenges faced by leaders in today’s complex and diverse environments. The purpose of this workshop is not to “fix” you; rather, to create a safe and brave space where you can identify the core values that anchor, motivate, and guide your authentic leadership

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Foster Belonging, Lead Inclusively

Led by: WomenLift Health.

There is a well-known quote by Verna Myers which says, “Diversity is being invited to the party, Inclusion is being asked to dance.” Individuals from marginalized groups, for example women or people with disabilities, don’t feel like they belong even when they’re included. How might leaders create environments that foster belonging? How might we lead inclusively?

We begin by exploring the many aspects of our identities which impact how we show up and how we are perceived in the workplace. We relate our personal experiences of exclusion and inclusion. Then, we connect the dots and discover the misalignment between our intention and our impact. Our words, actions, and often our inaction, are all drivers of inclusion and exclusion. This session is one of many steps to recognizing the power of fostering inclusion and belonging, not only for an individual leader, but for an organization as a whole.

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

The Power of Voice: Leadership Storytelling Workshop (GHC)

Led by: Global Health Corps.

This interactive workshop is designed to introduce participants to the concept of leadership storytelling -- the idea that stories can and should be used effectively and powerfully by leaders to motivate and inspire, galvanize, and deliver results. The workshop will help participants develop their capacity to craft and share their own personal narratives as a critical leadership skill. Particularly for women and other historically marginalized leaders in global health, this is a critical skill as it enables the connection between personal experiences and values, and cultivates the ability to mobilize movements. Whether you’ll give speeches to huge rooms of people or need to motivate small teams of colleagues, this is about pushing you slightly outside of your comfort zone, on a topic that you know better than anyone else: your authentic voice.

Facilitator: Brittany Cesarini, Senior Director of Communications & Development, Global Health Corps