Cornell University - B.S. in Policy Analysis + Management
Rachel Doyle created the GlamourGals Foundation at only 17 years old to honor her grandmother. Now, as president of the foundation that brings many generations of women the ultimate uplifting experience — makeovers — Rachel and her stable of volunteers bring their passion and charisma to women everywhere. The foundation, which is built on a virtual community, also hosts GlamourGals chapters online to connect and empower teen girls who want to go forth and make a difference in someone’s life.
Not only does Rachel inspire others on a daily basis, but she also had the chance to inspire on a national media platform. When she was still in high school she was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She also was featured in The New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Newsday and on “Montel Williams,” “The Christina Show” and CBS’s “The Early Show.” She also was named as the first-ever “CosmoGIRL! of the Year” by CosmoGirl! magazine. In addition she has received numerous other awards and attention for her cause from the American Health Care Association, American Eagle Outfitters, Cosmopolitan, American Red Cross, Morton’s Steakhouse and Cornell University.
When Rachel is not busy doing makeovers or inspiring other women, she enjoys traveling, working out, and of course, shopping!
So many of us want it all, and you CAN have it all, just not all at once!
How did you discover your current job?
In 2000, I started the first GlamourGals Chapter as a 17-year-old high school junior. I wanted to find a way to honor my grandmother, so I created a program that would bring generations together over makeovers and manicures.
What has been your path so far to get you where you are today?
I managed GlamourGals throughout college and took over as the full-time president in 2008.
Was there any one situation that helped you along your way?
My mom continues to support me. We are really close -- best friends.
What is your typical day like? Does it ever change?
It changes all the time! Every day is different. Sometimes I am traveling and have back-to-back meetings and have to meet with volunteers. Other times, I am in front of my computer making calls, Skyping with program directors and creating program materials.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is meeting our dedicated teen volunteers and hearing their incredible stories about their experiences serving elderly women through GlamourGals.
What is the most challenging part?
We are creating something from scratch, so there is a lot of pressure to do things right, but we don’t have an instruction manual. We are creating it.
What is the biggest personal sacrifice you have to make because of your job?
I don’t make any sacrifices. I love what I do, and I make “time” for the things I love. It’s all a game of balance. Being organized is critical.
What is one lesson you’ve learned in your job that sticks with you?
Having balance. So many of us want it all, and you CAN have it all, just not all at once!
What do you feel is the biggest challenge for women today, particularly females in your industry?
We do too much, and we need to take a moment for ourselves.
Who are your role models?
Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey
Is there a quote or mantra that you live by?
"The greatest exercise for the heart is making someone smile." -Anonymous
What advice do you have for girls who want to be in your industry?
You need to love to work.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
We just passed our 10-year mark, and it’s always exciting to see something that you created transform and grow through your hard work. I am so excited about the team of talented and hard-working individuals that I am lucky enough to work with every day. I hope that your readers get to meet them some day! I encourage them to check out GlamourGals for events and volunteer opportunities.