Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I’m Rachael Bosch, managing director of Fringe Professional Development, a firm I founded in 2016. At Fringe, we offer a holistic, individualized approach to solving workplace challenges, whether it is one-on-one coaching sessions employing brain-based coaching methodology or a customized workshop for your team on topics such as executive presence, management and leadership, communication skills, and goal pursuit.
Prior to forming Fringe, I spent more than a decade in legal talent management and also have a background in theatrical performance and vocalization. Additionally, I received coaching certification through the NeuroLeadership Institute, and a certificate of Women in Leadership from Cornell University. By integrating these experiences, I have been able to identify strategic paths for success for my clients and teach them how to walk that pathway in order to advance their teams and careers.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I have to say that my favorite Ellevate memory was being paired with my Squad! We had a diverse group of women (both in terms of background, industry, and experience levels) who were able to have fairly immediate chemistry. The way that group held space for each other over the next year was instrumental to some of my breakthroughs professionally. I could not have done it without them!
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
The ability to listen and internalize is crucial -- both as a communications coach and an entrepreneur. Taking the time to really listen to someone, whether it’s a client explaining their unique workplace challenge or a potential partner vocalizing their business concerns, will make you more productive, efficient, and empathetic.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
Deciding to leave the safety of a professional track at a law firm to start my own business will always be one of the most monumental career decisions I have ever made. Having spent years in the law firm recruitment and professional development field, I felt confident and secure at work. However, I knew that there was more I wanted to focus on and specific areas of interest I wanted to dig into. I had no idea how to start a business when I decided to found Fringe, but I knew that I had the entrepreneurial spirit. By setting clear goals for myself and through the courage of confidence in my ability to organize, plan, and deliver, I was able to start my own company in my chosen career field, which will always be a very special accomplishment.
What are some career challenges on your radar?
I recently decided to see what it would be like if I moved my business from a "practice" to a "company". I find the distinction between those two naming conventions to be minor but important. The most tangible difference is that we will be adding more people to our team. Hiring (and firing) is always a challenge and as a founder, I find it hard for it not to become deeply personal as well.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
Right now I am in the midst of an important and timely study on the characteristics and impact of incivility in law firms. We are partnering with the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Foundation to identify and mitigate the causes and effects of incivility, which I believe is one of the most pressing workplace communication challenges today. Incivility is costing employers money, time, talent, and reputations. By the end of this project, we plan to provide tools that law firms can start using immediately to help create more civil work environments. This is a landmark study in an under-researched area. I’m looking forward to digging deep into the research and finding research-backed solutions to make law firms brighter places to work.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Being able to provide people with tools they can actually use, immediately. Working in my field, you’ll find a lot of missives on “communicating better” or “enhancing your professional presence.” These phrases are often vague and though people often know why they should take on these professional challenges, they often don’t know how. I love when I leave a workshop and a participant is able to tell me that they are going to start doing X today or a coaching client calls me and says I have been able to accomplish Y every day this week. Providing people with a manageable approach to concrete change is always very rewarding.
What is your favorite social media site? Why?
Instagram! It’s undeniably fun and it’s a great creative outlet. I’ve connected with so many other business-owners through Instagram - and particularly a lot of fellow women entrepreneurs. Plus, what’s a better way to get the cobwebs out of your head on a busy workday than scrolling through some Insta inspo?
Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?
Working remotely has blurred the boundaries of work and home a bit. When I was at law firms, it was easier to switch off work-mode from home-mode (through a change of environment, through the business dress code, through access to resources, etc.) It can be hard to stop working when I can spot my laptop at the end of the kitchen table. So, I try to treat my home office as I would my office at the firm. I allot “mandatory’ hours of the day to spend in my office and maintain a “clean desk policy” at all times to keep me distraction free. Though I might be the only one that works in there, I treat that space as if I share it with a colleague.
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
Talk to EVERYONE. Find time for every coffee, call, and meetup. You never know who is championing you overtly or discreetly and your most fervent sponsors will be people you would never expect!
Have more questions? Follow up with the expert herself.
Managing Director, Founder
Fringe Professional Development
Rachael is an advocate for innovative and organizational professional development. She works with professionals across disciplines and experience levels. Rachael has spent more than ten years in the legal industry and has a background in theatrical performance and vocalization. Through this experience, she has developed and executed training programs for lawyers, law students, and development professionals on the topics of executive presence, time management, communication skills, and presentation best practices. She has coached numerous professionals... Continue Reading
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