Rachel Braun Scherl, CEO, SPARK Solutions for Growth (Moderator)
Rachel Braun Scherl is a champion for women’s health and a pioneer in the space, where she has passionately focused on driving the conversation in and the growth of women’s sexual and reproductive health companies. As a business builder and Vagipreneur®, she works with companies in the space from menstruation through menopause.
As a long-time contributor to this space, Rachel partners with companies in menopause, fertility, birth control, pregnancy and menstruation, among others, to drive growth. She is a speaker, board member, advisor, mentor and author. Rachel’s career-long findings, learnings and recommendations are at the heart of her best-selling book: Orgasmic Leadership: Profiting from the Coming Surge in Women’s Health and Wellness . Orgasmic Leadership provides unique perspectives on leadership and business building, and the money that can be made by capitalizing on market opportunities.
While President and co-founder of Semprae Laboratories, Rachel and her team built a company that developed and marketed sexual health and wellness products for women – creating a new category and transforming women’s health. Semprae attracted significant media attention and industry interest and was sold to a specialty pharmaceutical company in 2013.
As an accomplished speaker, Rachel is featured at leadership and entrepreneurship events at colleges, universities, corporations and conferences, including CES, SXSW, Johnson & Johnson, AbbVie, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Duke University, Yale University, among others. Rachel has appeared on ABC News, CBS News and MSNBC, and has 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 contributed to Inc. In March 2020, Rachel launched a zoom series, “Quotes from Quarantine”, interviewing over 100 leaders in femtech, sextech and women’s health to share strategies to thrive personally and professionally during COVID. The results are currently being prepared by a leading business school for publication. In May of 2021, Rachel and her OB/GYN co-host, Dr. Alyssa Dweck, launched, Business of the V, which focuses on the intersection of patients’ concerns, unmet needs, unanswered questions and the businesses being created to meet those needs.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke, Rachel earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she has stayed actively involved. She served on the Duke New York Women’s Executive Board for a decade and currently serves on the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as well as the Stanford Women on Boards initiative.
Rachel has received numerous business awards. In addition, Rachel serves as a Board member and Advisory Board member for female health companies and provides ongoing mentorship to many entrepreneurs in the sexual and reproductive health space.