The Real Female Entrepreneur

244: From Corporate Lawyer to Grief Coach, Death Doula, and Racial Justice Advocate

Season 6Lauren FrontieraComment


“What are the things within you that need to be solved and reckoned with and unearthed and healed in order to help deal with this?”


with Rachel Ricketts



Rachel Ricketts’ beautiful and heart-breaking story exposes grief as an experience, not an emotion and inspires with a deep depth of experience and wisdom. After helping her mother starve herself to death following a debilitating 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis, Rachel was overcome with grief and loss. Despite this loss, though, she says that the her greatest grief is a result of the intersection of her race and gender. And this grief led to the incredible work she is now doing in the world.

Want a sneak peek? We talk about…

  • how her childhood and mother’s death led to the work she does today around grief and anti-racism

  • grief as an experience not an emotion and how to sit with it to move through it

  • how her greatest grief is a result of the intersection of her race and gender

  • how white women are causing harm every day, if you’re not actively engaged in anti-racism

  • how burnout is a form of grief and why it’s not a quick fix



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Rachel Ricketts is a racial justice advocate, intuitive coach + public speaker. Combining her wealth of experience as a lawyer, certified intercultural communications educator + trainer, and loss + grief professional along with her personal experiences navigating the world as a black woman, she curates difficult but necessary conversations with compassion. She hosts online and in-person workshops including WOC Talks, specifically for womxn of colour's healing, and Spiritual Activism 101 which  promotes racial justice and reconciliation. Rachel has helped global brands commit to anti-racism + inclusion such as WeWork, Lululemon and TELUS. Her work has been featured in publications such as Huffington Post, Black Girl in Om and Thrive, and she's presented at international conferences including SXSW in Austin and me Convention in Stockholm. She loves donuts, dancing and all things metaphysical. Learn more at and @iamrachelricketts