Rachel Harris, MAOL
Director of Strategy, Principal Consultant
Art of Convening© Certified Convening Leader and Lead Trainer
With over 15 years of leading teams for impact, Rachel consults for organizations in transition and trains people on collaboration methods. She also leads strategy and communications at CPL headquarters. An expert in environmental sustainability and frequent change agent, Rachel came to realize that how a project is carried out is as important as what is done. This awakening led Rachel to pursue a Masters in Organizational Leadership where she wowed colleagues and professors alike with her formula for engaging employees during organizational changes.
A builder by nature, Rachel brings diverse and often disparate groups together with ease. Clients rely on her welcoming nature, steady presence and visionary strengths to realize big picture dreams and maintain the confidence to reach realistic goals. Together, they move from the seemingly impossible to probable and practical.
Frequently recruited for her subject matter expertise in local government and new initiative launches, Rachel was founding member and two-time chairperson of the St. Louis Park Environment and Sustainability Commission. She also served as founding member and policy champion for Health in the Park. Recently, she was tapped for her visionary capacity and appointed to the St. Louis Park 10-year vision Steering Committee.
Committed to developing interconnected networks of thriving communities, Rachel founded Social Dinner Club in 2000 and led 48 monthly gatherings for Gen Xers to create “slow relationships” at the forefront of the slow food movement. She is also a juried award-winning photographer.
A passionate learner and adventurer, Rachel has lived in Denmark, Tanzania and Sweden. She has traveled to 16 countries on four continents. Complementing her world culture awareness, she trained in numerous facilitation techniques, which she brings to client engagements. Her knowledge of personal and organizational transformation comes in handy while guiding clients toward aspirational culture changes and as the chief blogger at CPL.