Rachel Thomas

Rachel Schall Thomas

President at Option B

General Information

Experience

Co-Founder, President and Chief Marketing Officer - Subtext, Inc.

Vice President Marketing - Playdom Inc

Director of Strategic Services - MiresBall

Education

Georgetown University

Affiliations

Founder and Board Member - LeanIn.org

Board Member - Digital Hollywood Inc

Recent News  

Featured | Allison Gilbert

Rachel Thomas, President of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org, Discusses Sheryl Sandberg, Helping Grieving Friends During the Holidays, and #OptionBThere
Rachel Thomas, President of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org, Discusses Sheryl Sandberg, Helping Grieving Friends During the Holidays, and #OptionBThere What an honor it is for me to feature this conversation with Rachel Thomas, President of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. Rachel works side by side with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on these two groundbreaking, sweeping initiatives. Rachel says the program has helped her personally. "I've often worried about offering support in the wrong way," she admits. "Getting this campaign off the ground has been a real eye opener for me. Even if my words are clumsy, I realize now I don't have to be perfect. I feel freer to offer support because I don't worry about getting it wrong. I just have to acknowledge what would otherwise be the elephant in the room." I'm so thrilled Rachel joined me for this Q & A on my grief & resilience blog. Oh, and did I mention we went to Georgetown University together?! [Read more...] Featured , Passed and PresentAdam Grant , gifts , grief , holidays , interview , Lean IN , Option B , Rachel Thomas , resilience , Sheryl Sandberg

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Featured Interviews | Allison Gilbert

Rachel Thomas, President of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org, Discusses Sheryl Sandberg, Helping Grieving Friends During the Holidays, and #OptionBThere
What an honor it is for me to feature this conversation with Rachel Thomas, President of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. Rachel

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Rachel Thomas, President of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org, Discusses Sheryl Sandberg, Helping Grieving Friends During the Holidays, and #OptionBThere | Allison Gilbert

Rachel Thomas, President of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org, Discusses Sheryl Sandberg, Helping Grieving Friends During the Holidays, and #OptionBThere
What an honor it is for me to feature this conversation with Rachel Thomas, President of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. Rachel works side by side with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on these two groundbreaking, sweeping initiatives. Rachel says the program has helped her personally. "I've often worried about offering support in the wrong way," she admits. "Getting this campaign off the ground has been a real eye opener for me. Even if my words are clumsy, I realize now I don't have to be perfect. I feel freer to offer support because I don't worry about getting it wrong. I just have to acknowledge what would otherwise be the elephant in the room." I'm so thrilled Rachel joined me for this Q & A on my grief & resilience blog. Rachel: What we've learned is that creating substantive opportunities for people to give and receive social support after a loss or during an illness is crucial. Rachel: Holidays can be tough. Rachel: People who are suffering don't forget something terrible has happened to them. Rachel: The holidays can be hard to navigate in traditional ways for people facing adversity. Rachel: In my work with OptionB.Org, I've learned a lot by spending time with Joe Primo, who runs Good Grief, an organization offering free support to families after the death of a parent or sibling. Rachel: No, the Option B community will remain a digital support platform. Rachel: Do something. Say something. The people we love need to hear from us. They benefit from the same type of proactivity you describe. We can make an enormous difference to our friends and family just by showing up. Featured , Passed and PresentAdam Grant , gifts , grief , holidays , interview , Lean IN , Option B , Rachel Thomas , resilience , Sheryl Sandberg

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