Rachel Axelrod is the founder of Axelrod Consulting, an event production firm that works with mission-based organizations to create dynamic, memorable conferences and intellectual events.
An inspiring leader with sharp attention to detail, Rachel is known for her ability to solve problems quickly, execute efficiently, and motivate those around her. Before realizing her true passion lies in bringing people and ideas together, she graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and became a litigation partner at one of Chicago’s top law firms.
In 2017, she co-founded TEDxChicago, an independently organized and TED-licensed event. Rachel managed all aspects of the event production for the 400+ person conference for the following three years. Extremely well-received by attendees and known for its incredible speaker line up, the conference became a key Chicago event and is one of the city’s most anticipated annual experiences.
Now, Rachel leverages her legal expertise and people management experience to produce live and virtual conferences and other interactive experiences that prompt meaningful discussion and inspire action.
"Axelrod Consulting is absolutely amazing at enhancing skills and techniques for any leadership project or production. Rachel is extremely efficient. Her dedication and work as the K.W.O.E. Foundation’s speaker coach was invaluable. She spent the time to assess our leadership team for various speaking engagements, including a submission for TEDxChicago. We loved the collaborative approach to bringing out the natural best in our leaders, as she pushed to meet goals and timelines with quick-thinking feedback and constructive criticism. Rachel’s passionate support was bountiful every step of the way, and we are grateful to be stronger because of it."
Kareem Wells, Head of K.W.O.E. Foundation
“What can I say? Working with Rachel was a dream. She’s on top of the entire process/event, leaves no stone unturned and offers smart, business-worthy suggestions. Our event ran smoothly solely because of her hands-on involvement. More than that, it was probably the first event we had where people walked away talking about it for months to follow. Honestly, I look forward to creating an event simply so I can work with her again.”
Patti Zikmund, COO, Small Business Advocacy Council
"Rachel Axelrod is a dynamic leader, creative and visionary. She has a unique ability to take a project and elevate it through creativity, talent, tech, and ingenuity. I have witnessed her over and over bring 110% to every project she is part of, and empowers everyone involved. She isn’t afraid to take risks and think outside of the box to benefit her client. I have worked with many producers before and Rachel stands out as one of the best.”
Megan Taylor, DJ and Music Curator, Fig Media
"Working with Rachel at Axelrod Consulting was an absolute joy. Rachel was responsible for planning and executing a fundraising gala on behalf of two prominent Chicago-based organizations. Our goal together was to create 6 professionally produced videos with a tight deadline. As the event expert, I relied on Rachel’s tact, organization, and diligence to drive the project to the finish line. Rachel allowed me to exercise my creativity and was super detail-oriented when interviewing speakers or providing feedback. I can’t say enough good things about Rachel because she is so easy to work with and I can’t wait until we collaborate again."
WiL Galarza, Founder, Azra Productions