SWE Staff Spotlight: Rachel Jessen

Each month, the Society of Women Engineers puts the spotlight on one of our valued staff members. For January 2020, we feature Strategic Partnerships Coordinator Rachel Jessen.
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About Rachel Jessen:

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Rachel Jessen

Rachel Jessen joined the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) as the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator in September 2019. Prior to this role, Rachel held several internships in development, research, events and volunteer engagement for nonprofits in Chicago. Rachel studied Sociology and Psychology with a concentration in Child & Family Studies at Roosevelt University, where she co-founded an on-campus organization for survivors of sexual assault. Rachel is a volunteer tutor and is passionate about community involvement and social justice. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city, rollerblading, and going to karaoke with her friends.


Where are you from/where were you raised?

I grew up in Lindenhurst, IL, a small town on the Wisconsin border, and moved to Chicago in 2016.

What is your favorite place in Chicago?

I could spend all day on the lakefront or at the Art Institute.

What is your favorite sports team?

I am not too invested in sports, but I love going to concerts and plays.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Anything by ABBA or David Bowie. I’m a firm believer that your dance moves are just as important as your singing.

If you could eat one thing the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pad Thai is the perfect food.

Do you have any interesting or little-known facts about yourself?

I read 50 books last year. I enjoy visiting local bookshops and discovering new authors.

What was the inspiration that made you get into your field?

Women empowerment and gender equality are goals I’ve always been passionate about pushing forward. I am thrilled to work for an organization that supports women within an underrepresented field, advocates for gender parity, and brings about positive change through diversity and inclusion initiatives. Empowering women in STEM to view themselves as leaders, capable of solving critical problems and reaching their full potential, is a mission I’m honored to be a part of.

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve received?

Embrace challenges, ask questions, and welcome feedback.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I appreciate being able to work on meaningful projects with an encouraging and supportive team.


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  • Hale & Jeanette Darling says:

    Her grandparents, Nonny & Poppy, are soooo proud of her!

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