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Keynote Speaker


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The second annual SMSU Women’s Leadership Conference will feature a speaker who has already made a lasting impression on the SMSU Family.

Rachel Baribeau, a nationally-recognized sportscaster and activist, will give the keynote address at the April 30, 2021 event.

Baribeau was on campus in September, 2019 for a trio of presentations to Mustang men and women athletes and coaches/staff. Her “Changing the Narrative” presentation was geared specifically for each group. Her overall theme was about becoming a better you, and not being afraid to seek mental health assistance when needed.

She’s looking forward to her talk at the Women’s Leadership Conference. “I never set out to bust down barriers, I never tried to be the first at anything, but somehow, I’ve done a lot of that.”

She described her Women’s Leadership Conference message as being “for all ages. If you’re a woman, and you want to keep growing, you want to keep learning, I can’t wait to meet you at this amazing conference.”

Baribeau is a sportscaster for SiriusXM, where she was the first female host on SiriusXM college channels and works on the satellite radio network’s ACC and SEC channels. In 2016, she founded Changing the Narrative, a nonprofit organization. Her talk started in football programs, but now she speaks to college athletes, both KINGS and QUEENS, about mental health, purpose, passion and platform.

She is the first known female sports reporter to participate in a professional football training camp, and brings to her speaking engagements unique life experiences, and a sincerity and passion appreciated by all audiences.

Learn more about Rachel and her work by visiting the links below.

About Rachel
Changing the Narrative

Rachel's Keynote: Destroying Perfect

Is your soul tired from trying to matter, do you feel like you aren't really seen or feel pressure to be perfect? If any of this has ever crossed your beautiful mind/soul, then I cannot wait to pour into you. I spent 17 years trying to matter, to be seen and it was exhausting. Through my movement #ImChangingtheNarrative, I learned the raw and magnetic power I had inside of me; I only really discovered it when I learned to take my mask off, fully, and bare all  of my scars and all of my victories. I cannot wait to walk this journey of self-discovery with you!

Rachel's Breakout Session: Changing the Narrative

What is your personal #ImChangingtheNarrative? What sets your soul on fire? As we walk into a new decade I want you not just to live, but to prosper. I want to help you create, or hone, your legacy. I look forward to an interactive and highly-personal session with you where we will learn from each other, lift one another up and walk away stronger, together!

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