Rachel Smith

I’m inspired by beauty in all its forms, traditional and non-traditional. To me, seeing someone do something well or master a new skill or experience a new idea is as beautiful and inspiring as art, architecture, music or nature.

The biggest challenge facing today’s leaders isto build and nurture teams that include members from all over the world. There is so much opportunity to connect and work with people who are not located near each other—but doing it well can be challenging. I believe that leaders today have a wonderful opportunity to develop the skills and find the tools to create and sustain effective remote teams.

Things that make me smile include…anything organized by color, the view out my window over Puget Sound, baby hedgehogs, and my quilting studio.

When I’m not working, I’meither quilting, cooking, designing a new quilt, or thinking about what I want to cook next!

What matters to memy husband and my son, keeping balance in my life, and maintaining close relationships with far-flung friends and family.


Virtual Workshop Faculty


Rachel is the former Director of Digital Facilitation Services for The Grove Consultants International, designers of visual tools and services that enable organizations, teams, and individuals to successfully envision and implement innovation and change. For over fifteen years, Rachel has facilitated groups in face-to-face and virtual settings, helping them create visions, set strategies, and work through difficult teaming challenges. Her specialty is remote collaboration and she develops ways to integrate technology and visual practice in support of distributed workers and virtual teams.

Recent clients:

Alaska Airlines, Blizzard Entertainment, Genentech, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, NHS England, Prometheus Real Estate Group, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Tourism New Zealand, Wells Fargo.


  • Stanford University, MA, Education
  • Florida State University, BA, Art Education

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