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I always have, and always will, call myself a dancer. Whatever my canvas, I bring a dancer’s sensibility, familiarity with limited resources, and inexhaustible enthusiasm for practice.

I began as a ballet dancer, spending much of my childhood in a classical ballet conservatory that taught the strict Vaganova method. I spent my winters clothed in tulle and satin for the Nutcracker, and my summers studying at other ballet conservatories across the East Coast.

As my studies progressed and I explored other dance forms, I was excited by the creative flexibility of Modern Dance. After graduating high school, I set off for the University of Utah Department of Modern Dance. Immersing myself in a new discipline, I found that my love of dancing was strong, but my love of performing was fading. I believe that the joy of dance comes from feeling it, doing it, not watching it.

As an artist, I changed my focus from my medium to my mission. I ventured beyond dance, into clothing, footwear, and business to share dance experiences with others. I began designing, building, and sharing my products. I found an unbelievable enthusiasm for these curious objects and started to wonder if this success could be repeated and amplified.

I wanted to grow beyond my intuitive understanding of business strategy so I chose to pursue an MBA at Cornell University. I not only learned the building blocks of business, but I had to opportunity to apply them as Director of Business Development for the student-run consulting firm BRConsulting and as a Strategy Intern at SYPartners, a brand and culture consulting company.

After business school, I Kickstarted an adventure-in-a-box jigsaw puzzle company and joined Cornell’s Executive Education team as a Design Thinking coach. Now I’ve set my sights even higher and I’m seeking even bigger and brighter opportunities to make an impact.

Reach me at rachelhappen@gmail.com.