Rachael Stein was born and raised in Beverly Hills, Michigan, which is a predominantly Catholic Detroit suburb. When she came out in 8th grade, she quickly realized that her conservative community did not tolerate her gay, gender non-conforming identity. Nevertheless, she wanted to change hearts and attitudes about LGBTQ people throughproving herself as a local leader. Beginning her freshman year, she got involved with her high school Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). Through the GSA, she connected with a local chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). When she was a sophomore, she worked with fellow GLSEN students to found a youth advocacy board, which connected GSA leaders in order to plan summits, educational trainings, and social events. Affiliating with this GLSEN chapter allowed her to eventually engage in national GLSEN programming as a media ambassador, Jump Start programming coordinator, and safe schools lobbyist. During her junior year, she received a $30,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to found the Breaking the Silence Initiative, which was a youth-directed anti-bullying program. She led about 20 high school leaders in making media appearances, conducting educator trainings, planning advocacy events, creating social media campaigns, providing school presentations, and more. As a Point Foundation Scholar, pursued a B.A. in Sociology at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA. She continued to stay involved with LGBTQ+ activism throughout college.

Since graduating, she has worked at Boston Consulting Group as a Consultant focused on digital transformation in retail. In this role, she started the Pride@BCG North America Intersectional Diversity Taskforce, which elevates the voices and needs of women, people of color, and TGNCNB (transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary) people in BCG’s LGBTQ+ employee network. Rachael also leads the communications function for Pride@BCG North America. Rachael is the first TGNCNB-identifying member of the Pride@BCG leadership board and the youngest current member. Outside of work, Rachael has spent the last several years on the conference leadership team for Out for Undergrad Business (O4UB), an organization dedicated to supporting the future careers of LGBTQ+ undergraduates.

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