Lyrae Group’s Founder and CEO, Rachel Docekal, MBA, Ed.D, has extensive experience in enterprise building, governance, business and program development, fund development, customer and community relations, social media, and the creation, launch, and management of brands. Rachel is a seasoned leader with specialized knowledge in for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
As an accomplished writer, polished speaker, experienced leader, respected trainer and successful motivator with excellent facilitation and interpersonal skills, Rachel focuses on the improvement and acceleration of strategic, philanthropy and marketing programs. She has a gift for aligning organizational goals with core missions while ensuring sustainability, which led her to establish The Lyrae Group in 2015.
A dedicated wife and mother of two daughters, Rachel has found the delicate balance between enjoying personal fulfillment while achieving her professional passion. Named one of South Florida Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential Women of 2012, Rachel also finds time to give back to her community and its surrounding areas through volunteering:
- Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Executive Committee Member
- Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, Chair-Elect
- Executive Women of the Palm Beaches
- Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Member
- Leadership Palm Beach County, Focus Class Member, 2013
- Trained Guardian Ad Litem for Palm Beach County
- Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Member
Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts from Chatham College in three areas: communications, biology and secondary education. She went on to earn a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from The Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in conflict resolution from Nova Southeastern University.
Over the course of Rachel’s more than 20-year career in branding, marketing and fund development, she has worked for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including serving as the CEO of the Hanley Center Foundation; Nova Southeastern University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the South Florida Science Museum. As CEO of the Hanley Center Foundation, she was responsible for board and donor relations and creating fund development strategies to support Hanley’s lifesaving programs and capital expansion. During her time at the NSU, Rachel led advancement during the planning and construction of the campus’s 110,000-square foot Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village.
Rachel’s passion for helping organizations is reflected in the intentional way she selected the name of her own firm. “Lyrae” is the possessive form of the word “Lyra,” originating from the Latin term “lyre” referring to the musical instrument known as a harp.
A small constellation visible in the northern night sky is said to represent the lyre from the legend of the Greek god Orpheus. The harp-shaped constellation’s most notable star, Alpha Lyrae – better known as Vega — just happens to be one of the brightest stars in the sky.
Much like the determined mythological character Orpheus, “Lyrae” individuals have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership and exhibit great personal independence particularly when focusing on large, important issues. Rachel and her team are prepared to lend their stellar qualities to your organization’s next project.