Dr. Rachel Talton, CEO and Founder, Synergy International Limited, Inc.
Dr. Rachel-Yvonne Talton is the CEO of the award-winning firm Synergy International Limited, Inc. Synergy’s purpose is to help organizations enhance the intersection of employee leadership, inclusive culture, and consumer needs. Synergy uses a unique combination of expertise in research, leadership development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to better understand consumer, employee, and community behaviors and leverage opportunities for cohesion and growth.
In addition to Dr. Rachel’s success as an entrepreneur, she is an award-winning published scholar and keynote speaker in the areas of leadership, diversity, employee and consumer engagement, and trust. “Dr. Rachel,” as she is affectionately called, is also the CTO (Chief Transformation Officer) of Flourish Leadership, LLC, and the Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership. This organization provides high-achieving female executives and entrepreneurs with executive coaching, masterminding cohorts, and the company’s signature offering: Transformation Immersion™. Transformation Immersion Retreats provide in-depth analysis and mentoring to help executives flourish in their professional careers and personal lives. Flourish is also engaged in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion workshops where they help create business strategies to help companies create inclusive leaders, an inclusive culture, and execute inclusive policies.
Dr. Rachel serves on the Board of Directors of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, the Akron Community Foundation, In Council with Women, as well as JumpStart Inc. She also served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Destination Cleveland, where she chaired the Marketing Committee for six years.
Dr. Rachel is a member of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2002, as well as the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2005. Recognized by several organizations, Dr. Rachel was named a 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America, a 2015 Women Who Excels by Smart Business Magazine, and a 2014 Young Professional of the Year (STAR Award) by the Women of Color Foundation. Her firm, Synergy, was also selected as the winner of the prestigious 2014 Medical Mutual Pillar Awardee for Community Service and a 2016 Cascade Capital Business Growth Awardee.
Dr. Rachel has been selected as the 2021 Woman of Achievement by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, a 2021 Smart Business Magazine Progressive Entrepreneur, a Hidden Philanthropist by The Soul of Philanthropy in 2021, as one of the top 100 CIO’s in the U.S. by the National Diversity Council in 2021, the 2020 Woman of Vision by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and as a finalist for the 2010 Northeast Ohio ATHENA® International Award, a global award recognizing exceptional leaders who seek to inspire others to pursue excellence in their professional and personal lives. She has also received the NAWBO “Top 10 Women Business Owners” Award, Crain’s Cleveland Business “Top Forty Under 40” Award, and Kaleidoscope Magazine’s “Top 40-Under-Forty Leaders in Northeastern Ohio” Award.
In addition to her awards in economic and social development, Dr. Rachel is also a proud member of the Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., ICWW, and the PhD Project. Dr. Rachel also belongs to several professional organizations, including the Market Research Association, the American Marketing Association, and the Academy of Management. She has been featured as an expert in brand strategy and market research on ABC News, Fox News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Crain’s, and MBA Magazine, amongst many others. She has authored several practitioner and academic articles, including “Dare to Build Trust in Times of Distrust” and “Trust Payoffs in Distrust Dominated Environments.” Her #1 Amazon bestseller in Leadership, “Flourish: Have it All Without Losing Your Self,” was published in January 2016.
Dr. Rachel earned her Doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, where she has served as Adjunct Professor of Marketing. She also holds a Diversity & Inclusion Training Certificate from Cornell University. Her research is focused on the impact of perceptions of trust, satisfaction, and value on consumer loyalty in dynamic-industry environments. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Cleveland State University, as well as a BA in Psychology. She is a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society.
Dr. Rachel’s personal passions include international travel, community service, public speaking, writing, art, and music.