About Rachel

“My goal is that all of my work—in the classroom, in a start-up, or in my writing—gives people tools and resources that they can immediately apply to their work lives.”

Portrait of Rachel Pacheco

Rachel Pacheco, PhD is a management author, lecturer and researcher at The Wharton School. She is passionate about teaching people what it takes to be great managers and coaching executives and leaders on how to build thriving teams and organizations.

At Wharton, Rachel conducts research on management—specifically on power and conflict—and is a member of the teaching faculty. She is also a founding faculty member of the Entrepreneurship in Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches multiple courses for budding entrepreneurs that focus on the practical side of working in a small organization.

Rachel serves on the board of advisors for numerous start-ups, primarily in the digital health and wellness space. A former chief people officer, she was on the executive teams of start-ups in the healthcare and big data space. Rachel has also lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan, and thus has experienced the joy (and pain!) of leading and managing organizations across many distinct cultures.

She holds a PhD and MBA from The Wharton School and a BS from Georgetown University. Rachel resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Michael.

In the media

08/01/2021 — Wharton Magazine

Alumni Book Roundup: Summer 2021

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07/28/2021 — Wharton Business Daily

The Great Resignation, burnout and hybrid work

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07/13/2021 — Penn Today

Wharton researcher gives practical lessons for new managers

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07/05/2021 — The Winning Zone

Rachel Pacheco on Practical Tips for New Managers

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Rachel Pacheco Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers book cover

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Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers

You’ve just been promoted to manager, but you have no idea where to start. How do you learn to motivate, have difficult conversations, provide feedback, hire and fire well, and manage your own self during this transition? Bringing Up the Boss is your handbook for building the skills necessary to being a great boss.

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