Rachel Medina is a Mexican - American entrepreneur based in Southern California, with a career history in media, spanning over two decades, and that includes advertising, magazine publishing, digital media, event production, and public speaking. As a mother of 2 and an avid traveler, Rachel is a woman who has leaned heavily on her faith to see her through the challenges of business, life, family and relationships.
Rachel’s ability to build businesses, brands, and teams, started over 20 years ago as an Ad assistant for a top automotive magazine. That experience gave her the tools to explore opportunities with national magazines ranging from beauty, lifestyle, bridal and beyond. Her most prominent role includes being the founder and president of a regional home improvement resource called JustHome, which she built into a million dollar company within its first year. Since then Rachel has gone on to launch other companies and produce high profile events, including a major tech conference with keynotes such as Apple founder Steve Wozniak, social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk and Nobel Prize-Winner Paul Krugman. Most recently she entered into a partnership to build a mission driven startup known as GoGirl Worldwide.
As a serial entrepreneur and dedicated mother, travel was not always a priority for Rachel. However, with the passing of her late and beloved grandfather who he himself traveled the world, she realized no time would ever be the perfect time. Soon her, her mother and her sons created an annual tradition of travel and set out on a journey that included exploring the Caribbean Islands, Mexico and 5 European countries. This leap of faith quickly instilled in her a love and devotion to experiences by land, air and sea.
Rachel is an only child whose father migrated to the U.S. from Mexico and who went on to become an entrepreneur. Her mother is a Mexican-American from Los Angeles, who was a successful business woman in the banking industry. At the young age of 18, Rachel became a mother for the first time, welcoming a healthy boy named Abel. Five years later, her second child was born, also a son, named Adrian. The 3 of them had a unique bond that made them inseparable ever since. Rachel's grandparents were a major influence in her life from the type of parent she was and the woman she is today. Her focus and dedication to her family has provided her with the fuel she needed to endure divorce, loss and various life altering challenges.
After being invited to speak before inmates at a Southern California Women's Prison, Rachel realized that as a Latina, entrepreneur and mother of two, her life experiences had the power to free the mindset of others, including those who were listening behind bars. Since then Rachel has used her life lessons, business tips, and experiences to educate and empower others as a keynote speaker at Female Forward Events and Universities.
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