My Bio

Background and Education

LaRachelle is a graduate of the LEAD21 program, trained on four core areas of leadership development. These are effective communication, managing conflict, fostering collaboration, and leading organizational change. Her participation in the Rice University Executive Education program has also strengthened her knowledge in Leading Change, Leading Teams, and Negotiations. She has been an MBTI Certified Practitioner since 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and earned an MBA. LaRachelle earned a Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education in 2022.

What is an MBTI Certified Practitioner?

As a Certified Practitioner, LaRachelle and the team uses the MBTI Assessment to offer suggestions on innate preferences to gain energy (Extraversion or Introversion), gather or become aware of information (Sensing or Intuition), decide or come to conclusions about that information (Thinking or Feeling) and deal with the world around us (Judging or Perceiving). This tool helps to enhance individual leadership development and team cohesiveness for large and small groups. As a result, leaders motivate and inspire people to be the best version of themselves. The organization is healthier, more productive, and increases profitability. Learn more about the Myers-Briggs Type Instrument

Who can it benefit?

Business PeopleIndividuals and CouplesCollege Students
Team building
Leadership development
Conflict management
Business Planning
Career change
Family dynamics
Developing competencies
to become informed
about their choice
of a major and
career options

Subject Matter Expertise

Leadership Training for Early Career Professionals

The training explains the application of the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator and improves the awareness of C5E (Creativity, Conflict Management, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Ethics) to enhance one’s personal impact and succession planning in the workplace.

Program Learning Objectives: 

  • Work Style – relate to your work preferences and behaviors. 
  • Communication Style – relate to how you generally tend to communicate. 
  • Team Style – understand how you tend to work on a team and improve the quality of your team interactions. 
  • Decision-making Style – help you see the impact of your personality preferences on your decision-making style 
  • Leadership Style – help you see the impact of your personality preferences on your leadership style and stretch your growth potential. 
  • Conflict Style – help you be better prepared to more effectively and sensitively approach, communicate during, and resolve conflict situations. 
  • Stress Impacts – support your ability to manage productively and effectively the stresses that come with everyday work and life. 
  • Approach to Change – help you develop the resiliency and flexibility needed to feel and be more effective as you both experience and manage change. 

Six Essential Leadership Skills to Grow as a Professional

The components of the essential skills training demonstrate best practices that address paraprofessionals and provide a solid curriculum supported by research-based competencies that meet the standards for the Six Professional Behaviors required by industry leaders. These include Work Attendance, Initiative, Diligence, Interpersonal Relations, Teamwork, and Verbal and Written Communication. 

Program Learning Objectives: 

  • Communication Strategies – help participants understand the different methods of communication and how to make the most of each of them. 
  • Teamwork and Team Building – encourage participants to explore the different aspects of a team, as well as ways that they can become a top-notch team performer. 
  • Improving Mindfulness – through gratitude, filtering, and active listening will give participants the advantage of seeing things in a new light. 
  • The Time Management component – helps participants control their workload rather than spend each day in a frenzy of activity reacting to crisis after crisis – stress declines and personal productivity soars! 
  • Financial Planning – helps students take the first steps to reclaiming their financial freedom and make a positive contribution to the overall well-being of an organization. 

 Get ex-SALT-ed with Healthy Living for Leaders

The training is based on five dimensions of wellness including physical, mental, nutritional, financial, and technology health. Learning objectives will cover the effectiveness of wearable technology in improving health and well-being by increasing ones’ awareness of vital health indicators such as calories consumed and burned, activity levels, sleep and stress measurements, and determine whether this information motivates them to do what is necessary to improve their status. 

It aims to help participants understand the value of assessment tools such as a biometric body screening analysis, the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator and the Axiogenics VQ Profile assessment to determine the degree to which program participants need to adjust their habits in order to reduce the health risk factors of concern, resulting in enhanced vitality and productivity. 

The presentation covers: 

  • Leadership Wellness Program Examples
  • Benefits of a Leadership Wellness Program 
  • Leadership Wellness Program Planning 
  • Leadership Wellness Program Implementation

Fostering Black Entrepreneurship On Campus: The Path to a New “Black Wall Street” 

In the new gig economy, characterized by independent contracting, freelance work, and startups, college graduates have more options than traditional corporate careers or academic scholarship. Studies reveal that though these students of entrepreneurship need and want to run businesses with the confidence that they have the right foundation, access to resources, and support, they lack the knowledge, direction, and leadership skills to give them the best chance for success. Lessons from history, not readily available in textbooks, are yet to reveal adequate best practices that hold the key to business sustainability and success.

The purpose of this workshop is to heighten awareness about Black entrepreneurs’ contribution in the United States from a historical perspective. It is most appropriate for educators and researchers who want to think differently about inspiring the new generation of graduates seeking to explore alternative means of career and wealth building.

Participants will receive information, resources, and tools to take back to their institutions and implement or initiate a discussion around programs that encourage and support Black entrepreneurship. 

Dissertation Research: A Qualitative Case Study of Land- Grants and Retention of Students with Disabilities

The purpose of the study is to discover best practices from land-grant university leaders at both Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominately White Institutions (PWI) as they describe strategies for students with hidden learning disabilities to be self-determined, so they succeed in their academic progress, persistence, and retention. I hope that this research will answer the following research questions that guide this study:

  1. How do student affairs administrators from public institutions, particularly land-grant universities in the southern region of the United States, where both HBCUs and PWIs exist, describe professed and documented strategies to increase persistence and retain students with hidden learning disabilities?
  2. How do leaders explain their perspectives regarding self-determination in underrepresented student populations with hidden learning disabilities, so they succeed in their academic progress, persistence, and retention?

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