Who am I to dare? To dare to inspire and engage you to treat yourself and others with significance. I am Rae Lesmeister and I dare because I know one of our deepest needs as a human being is to feel that we matter. I also know from my professional and personal experience that you can unleash great things in this life and help others do the same when this basic human need is met.
To get a sense of who I am and why I care, I believe it makes sense to share both my human doing bio and my human being bio.
My human doing bio was easy to capture and surely reflects my passion for growing and developing leaders around the world. But who I am really, as an actual human being, was what I hoped to capture in my human being bio and found it more difficult to articulate. So, acting on the coaching I shared with many leaders, I delegated the task by asking 10 people, family and friends who know me well to send me a list of 5 words or phrases that best describe me.
While I delivered the goods in the human doing bio, I am a work in progress as a human being. While I do lay claim some of the descriptors in the human being bio, many of the descriptions are filtered by the lenses of those who love and appreciate me. For those, they represent what I aspire to be and work on continually.
Rae Lesmeister currently consults in the areas of talent management, leadership development, team effectiveness, executive coaching, and organization development especially in the areas of strategy execution and culture assessment for strategy alignment and mergers and acquisitions. She has worked several organizations including start-ups, non-profits, as well as large corporations.
Rae served as Vice President of Organization Effectiveness & Learning and Development for Cargill, Inc. In this role, she had global responsibility for Organization Development, Leadership and Talent Management, Learning and Development and a Leadership Academy which she led a team to establish.
In a previous role in Cargill, Rae was a member of the management team for the Global Financial Markets Division. In that role, based in London, she focused on Strategic Human Resource Planning and Organization Development.
Prior to joining Cargill, Rae headed up Human Resources globally for Northwest Airline’s Cargo business.
Rae completed her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, IA and holds a MAIR (Masters of Industrial Relations) Degree from the University of Minnesota.
Rae serves as a board member for Perspectives, a non-profit organization, focusing on breaking the cycle for at risk women and children for total family recovery.
Value based and full of grace
Soulful and spiritual
Intuitive and insightful
Clear about intentions and expectations
Grateful and appreciative
Thoughtful and deep, helps people go places within themselves they did not know existed
Loyal and dedicated to those she cares about
Empathetic, caring, encouraging
Revel in the success of others
Challenger, boundary stretcher
Ready to spread her wings and fly with me