Rachel Benyola

Rachel Benyola

Location: Rosamond, CA

Biography

Rachel Benyola, a Forbes-recognized leader in manufacturing and industry, brings 12+ years of experience as a trusted consultant, advisor, and coach to leaders. From building a Professional Development practice in the U.S. to being the Chief Executive Officer of Kova, an innovative product development company, and leading a People and Culture Change program specializing in Health and Wellness, she has proven to have the critical experience and insight to navigate the complex world of building and leading a world class business.

Known for her sincerity, thoughtfulness, and directness, Rachel engages with clients at all levels, guiding them to uncover blind spots and leverage their strengths to drive organizational impact. Her tactical perspective, combined with qualitative and quantitative analysis, enables her to address core issues effectively. Through strategic questioning, she facilitates new perspectives and actions, enhancing leadership and interpersonal skills.

Previously, Rachel served as CEO, leading research and development for a manufacturing corporation. She managed regulatory compliance, oversaw full-lifecycle product development, and fostered high-performance teams. Notably, she played a key role as a consultant for Hudson’s Bay Company during their acquisition of Macy’s, Saks, Gilt Groupe, Saks Off Fifth, and Lord & Taylor.

Rachel recently delivered a TEDx talk on mental health support in the innovation ecosystem, drawing on her experiences as a founder and CEO. She offers her expertise to founders and internal teams seeking an innovative mindset and sustainable business practices that positively impact the world. Rachel thrives when working with teams that value personal well-being as a reflection of business well-being, promoting a coaching culture.

Niche Areas of Expertise

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Mindfulness
  • Startup Ventures
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Women & Leadership

Industry Experience

  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Healthcare Systems & Services
  • High Tech
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Startups

Languages

  • English

Education

  • Chestnut Hill College - MS, Psychology
  • Drexel University - MBA, Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Rutgers University - BA, Women & Gender Studies

Certifications

  • AIIR Coaching Mindset Index
  • AIIR Team Effectiveness Survey
  • AIIR Team Effectiveness Facilitator

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