Rachel Esters: Speaker and Educator

Rachel Esters: Speaker and Educator

Based on her resume alone, Rachel Esters is one of the most inspiring people you'll ever meet: service in both the Army and the Air Force, time as a paratrooper and 22 years in law enforcement. But those accomplishments are just the tip of the iceberg. Rachel's work as a consultant and advocate for the treatment of high risk inmates, her humor and her beautiful spirit make her our new favorite hero. Need your faith in humanity restored? Spend an hour with the guest of episode 6, Rachel Esters. 


WD: What is the most satisfying aspect of your personal life?

RE: The opportunity to speak with groups about the field of corrections and my gender transition.

WD: How has your professional life impacted by your personal life?

RE: My views relating to the treatment of incarcerated people have changed. I'm also concerned about the state of law enforcement and the relationship those agencies have with the community.

WD: What is your biggest challenge professionally?

RE: To be heard as a woman.

WD: What is the most satisfying aspect of your professional life?

RE: Interacting with smart capable people who are dedicated to raising others up.

WD: What is your biggest source of stress?

RE: My treatment in the community as a trans person.

WD: Was there a defining moment that set you on your current path? What?

RE: Growing up Black in America.

WD: If there were one thing you could magically change, what would it be?

RE: The human heart. 

WD: Who are the women who are most inspiring to you?

RE: Janice Esters, Andie Moss, Michelle Obama and Staci Shaffer.

WD: What did you want to be as a child when you grew up?

RE: I did not have the opportunity to select my own path, I just wanted to survive my childhood.

WD: What is the best advice you've ever gotten?

RE: Never give up

To learn more about Rachel, you can visit her website here or watch Rachel's TED Talk here

Tracy Benjamin : "Shutterbean" blogger, photographer

Tracy Benjamin : "Shutterbean" blogger, photographer

Shukri Abdi: Producer, Writer and Performer

Shukri Abdi: Producer, Writer and Performer