Rachel Braun Scherl
Growth strategy consultant, marketing expert and sought-after public speaker Rachel Braun Scherl is a trusted authority on leadership and entrepreneurship. As Managing Partner and Co-Founder (1998) of SPARK Solutions for Growth in, a consulting firm advising businesses on strategic growth and partnerships, product development and marketing, Rachel has built an international client base that includes multiple divisions of Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, Pfizer, Merck, Bayer and Church & Dwight.
In 2008, Rachel and her business partner collaborate to create Semprae Laboratories. As President, Rachel and her team built a company that developed and marketed sexual health and wellness products for women - creating a new category in the process. Semprae attracted significant media attention and industry interest, and was sold to Innovus Pharmaceuticals in 2013.
As a nationally-known Vagipreneur®, Rachel’s work includes growth strategy, operational support and business development for companies in all aspects of women’s health, including birth control, menstruation, disease prevention, fertility, pregnancy and arousal. As an accomplished speaker, Rachel is featured at leadership and entrepreneurship events at colleges, universities, corporations and conferences, including Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Duke University, The Fuqua School at Duke University, Yale School of Management, Barnard College, Johnson & Johnson, and Entrepreneurship Week among others. Rachel has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CBS News and
MSNBC, and been interviewed for major platforms including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, and CNN. Rachel has contributed over 4 dozen articles to The Huffington Post, and contributes to Inc. Her first book, Orgasmic Leadership: Profiting from the Coming Surge in Women’s Sexual Health and Wellness was published in May 2018, which highlights the successes and challenges that Vagipreneurs face and conquer as they build businesses that provide new solutions for women’s health and wellness.
In 2015, Rachel was recognized as one of Best Fifty Women in Business by NJBiz. In addition, she was the recipient of SmartCEO’s BRAVA Awards honoring top female CEOs. Rachel was honored as one of JWI’s 10 Women to Watch in 2016. She serves on the Duke New York Women’s Executive Board, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and Formula XO, a specialty beauty company.
Rachel earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1992 after graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a B.A. in Psychology and Human Development.