Rachel Woods has spent over a decade empowering business leaders with practical leadership skills. She is a leadership author, trainer, consultant, and coach, who is passionate about helping people reach their fullest potential. In 2005, she founded Leadership Trek® Corp., otherwise known as “LTrek®”, through which she has trained and consulted leaders world-wide. The mission of LTrek is to inspire, challenge, and equip leaders to achieve great heights.
Early in Rachel’s career as an Attorney-Mediator, Rachel served as a Mediator inside businesses and began to train and consult business leaders in the area of conflict management. This led to an invitation to teach conflict management and negotiation at the Baylor Business School. Meanwhile, Rachel began to increase the number of leadership training topics offered by LTrek. Today, LTrek provides practical training about trust building, motivating oneself and others, team building, conflict management/negotiation, and much more! LTrek training programs are based on over 30 years of research and development. After 15 years immersed in the leadership development industry, Rachel enjoys serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor, and teaches the core management class, called Leadership and Organizational Behavior. In 2013, together with Dr. Mitchell Neubert, Ph.D., Rachel authored Leadership Trek, an on-the-job leadership transformation system. Leadership Trek is based on the idea that true leadership transformation is a journey or “trek,” not an event.
Rachel has supported the cause of increasing women’s participation in politics and public life and the spreading of democracy throughout the world, as an author, trainer and consultant. Currently, LTrek programs are utilized by leaders in 24 countries. Rachel has served as a leadership coach to leaders in 13 countries.
In 2010, Rachel developed the leadership development curriculum for women seeking public office in Bosnia and Nigeria through the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), a division of the International Republican Institute (IRI).
In 2011, Rachel consulted WDN in the development of women’s leadership schools to be launched in four different countries, a project of the United Nations Democracy Fund. Rachel authored the Women’s Democracy Network Women’s Leadership School Trainer Manual and trained women from Georgia, Bangladesh, Guatemala and Cameroon, who now train women in their respective countries. Today, the WDN Leadership Schools have trained women world-wide in 20 countries. Rachel has traveled to Bhutan to train political leaders, and she has helped to implement an advanced political leadership curriculum in Kenya. Most recently, she enjoyed traveling to Ireland, where she led a train-the-trainer to management educators.
Rachel is a licensed attorney. She earned a Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law, where she also trained to be a Mediator. She completed training on how to teach negotiation in organizations at the Harvard Law School Project on Negotiation in Cambridge, MA. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baylor University.
Rachel’s proudest achievements are her marriage to her husband Riley Woods and their two children, Jackson Riley and Reagan Victoria.
To connect with Rachel Woods about speaking at a conference or at your next training event, you may contact her at Rachel@LTrek.com!
Mitch Neubert is an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Baylor University and the Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business. In his role as the Chavanne Chair, Mitch provides leadership to programs and initiatives that promote his conviction that businesses can do well by doing good. He also held the H.R. Gibson Professorship in Management Development at Baylor for seven years.
Mitch is passionate about equipping leaders to lead individuals, teams, and organizations in a virtuous manner that results in positive change. He teaches the Leading with Integrity course for Baylor’s EMBA programs in Dallas and Austin.