Rachel Dorsey

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Rachel is the founder of Bone + Gold, a full-service, high polish commercial production company. Her team produces content for some of the largest and most influential brands in the world. She takes everything she learned to build her business and puts it to play as a coach and mentor for women who are starting and scaling businesses.

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If you are an entrepreneur, what motivated you to start your own business?

I was done being undervalued and underpaid – I wanted to control my own destiny.

What does success mean to you?

Success means having the time and space and resources and autonomy to decide how I’m going to spend my time.

What is your mantra or favorite saying? (If it's a known quote, please let us know who said it first!)

All anyone can really see is the tip of the iceberg. Everyone has a whole mountain under the surface that we may never know or see or experience.

What failure taught you the most about life or business? What was the lesson?

I trimmed a budget beyond what was reasonable to make a client happy. I was scared that they would go to someone else. But the entire process was a nightmare and I didn’t have the budget I needed to solve the many problems. I learned that our budgets are tried and true. Our work costs what it costs for a reason. People who don’t value what we bring to the table are welcome to go elsewhere. I’m confident that when stakes are high, they’ll come back.

What's your favorite book - fiction or non-fiction! - in the past year?

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

If you could teach the world one five-minute lesson, what would it be?

People can’t read your mind. If you want something from someone, ask for it. If you need less from someone, ask for it. There is nothing wrong with calling in and accepting support and there’s nothing wrong with creating a boundary.

Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently when you were first starting out?

Nothing.

What does women's empowerment look like to you in action?

It means paying women fairly, even if they ask for less. It means bringing women along with you when you rise. It means sharing what you know and what you’ve learned so others can benefit from the hard-won lessons.

What would you tell 19-year-old YOU?

Believe your mom when she tells you who you are.

What will 86-year-old you want you to know TODAY?

That relationships are the only things that ever mattered.

Congrats! You just met a Genie in a Bottle. You get three wishes. One can be worth $0-100, one is worth $100,000, and one is worth $100 million. What are your wishes?

I don’t believe in wishing. I believe in working.

What is your favorite place for our audience to reach you?

IG at @rachelblairdorsey

What is your favorite quote? (It can be yours or from someone that you look up to.)

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am for myself alone, what am I? If not now, when? – Rabbi Hillel

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