At veza, we honour the work of inspiring leaders every single day. Not just the known and notable but rather, everyday women who are drawing upon and celebrating their culture while making a lasting difference in their community using their gifts. From authors and teachers, CEOs to entrepreneurs, not-for-profit directors, artists, and more, these women are changing the face of leadership.

These are truly women to watch and veza community is so pleased to share their brilliance.

May their stories inspire YOU to rise.

Meet Rachel Ricketts.

Rachel Ricketts is an intuitive guide + healer, racial justice advocate and spiritual activist. Combining her wealth of experience as a lawyer, intercultural communications educator + trainer, loss + grief professional and her personal experiences navigating the world as a Black woman, she curates difficult but necessary conversations with compassion as an outspoken champion for women of colour and our healing. Rachel is passionate about creating and holding space for us to face our feelings and dive deep into the tough stuff – be it race, gender, death, burnout, stress, loss or grief. She curates opportunities to speak from the heart, unearth what needs sharing and learn from the deep wisdom that comes from standing in our truth and truly listening to one another in vulnerable communion. She offers spiritual tools such as yoga, breathwork, meditation and intuitive coaching to help us voice our struggles, step into our power and raise the collective consciousness. Rachel has worked with major organizations including Lululemon, New World Native, wework, Native Shoes, and Provincial Health Services Authority, written for global publications such as Thrive, Huffington Post and Elephant Journal and presented at internationally renowned conferences including SXSW.

Tell me in 100 words who you are? How would you describe yourself.

So tell us, Rachel: What inspires you most? What motivates you to get up every morning?

I am inspired by the human spirit and by the strength and resiliency shown by people facing the most dire of circumstances every day. I know what it’s like to feel alone, isolated, overwhelmed and misunderstood, as a result of my race and gender, or the plethora of loss and grief I’ve endured throughout my life, and I am motivated to help ensure others, especially other women of colour, do not have to face their dark night of the soul on their own. I am also a great believer in the ability to effect great and grand-sweeping change and I hold hope that we, as a collective consciousness, are on the brink of overturning some of the great injustices we have allowed for far too long.

What is it that you feel that you teach others through how you act/show up each day?

I hope I teach others that it is okay to feel whatever it is we are feeling and to simply allow those emotions to be there without needing to change, deny, ignore or suppress it. There are too few spaces for us to come together and have honest, authentic, uncomfortable conversations but we need that dialogue in order to push the needle forward, create healing and instigate change.

What is one change you’d like to see in the world?

For every human to be truly seen, heard and accepted exactly as and how they are regardless of their colour, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, mood, mind state or otherwise.

Which of your contributions to date have given you the greatest sense of pride?

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