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Human First

Misfits do business differently..

Up until now, entrepreneurship has been built around a singular, privileged, lens—one that doesn’t create much room for unique.

It yells at you, be yourself, but when you’re queer, Black, a NBIPOC, in a larger body, disabled, have a message that goes against the grain, or are neurdivergent, it doesn’t work the way it works for others.

This book looks at doing business by exploring the human first.

It carries the intersection of being queer, navigating mental health, and putting your art (your business), into the world in ways that honor, and acknowledge all the unique you are. All the human you are.

As we leave behind the business world that was created, I hope you find a home in this book, and in your business, that begins leading you first, human first.

Join me in this business-ish book, will you? One where we explore through personal essays, client stories, and a new business narrative all that business truly can be.

Hi, I'm Rachel!

Business coach to rebels, misfits, and those who the business space wasn't made for.

I've been in business for nine years, and have always felt like the outsider—looking around wondering how business seems so easy for everyone else, yet for me, it was always a struggle.

I didn't like the tools given, the advice offered—it felt like it only spoke to a very specific kind of person—one who was thin, white, straight, neurotypical, didn't exist with a mental illness, and had a pretty message that went with the grain.

So I spent the better part of nine years researching more human first, ethical, and trauma informed business practices.

Eventually I met my wife, who has her masters in leadership, and together, we created The Leadership designs.

We don't do pretty business, but it is honest, and deeply human.

I work as a neurodivergent entrepreneur who has bipolar II, I don't have all the answers, honestly more questions than anything else—and, I hope you'll explore with me through both personal stories, and business practices alike in this book. 

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