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 an award winning author and management professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. 

Rachel is deeply passionate about ensuring that leaders, executives, and managers have the practical tools required to build thriving teams and develop inclusive and resilient cultures.  A former Chief People Officer, Rachel serves on the board of directors and board of advisors for numerous start-ups and high growth organizations.  

Her first book, Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers, focuses on translating academic research and data into immediately useable tools for practitioners. Rachel’s second book, currently underway, explores how managers bring meaning, authenticity, and their own self-discovery into the workplace. 

Prior to her role at Georgetown, Rachel was on the faculty of the Management Department at the Wharton School, and was a founding faculty member of the Entrepreneurship Education Program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  She received her BS in Mathematics from Georgetown University and her MBA, MPhil and PhD in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Michael and their son, Benji.

In the media

09/27/2021 — So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

How To Be a Better Boss with Author Rachel Pacheco

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09/01/2021 — Inc. Magazine

10 Books to Reset Your Brain

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07/28/2021 — Wharton Business Daily

The Great Resignation, burnout and hybrid work

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07/13/2021 — For the Love of Work

Taking The Lead

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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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