Rachel Vestergaard

CEO & Founder
Empower Co

Rachel is the CEO and Founder of Empower Co., a company that is building the first global voluntary market for quantifiable women’s empowerment. Previously, Rachel was the Director of Business Development at Wildlife Works Carbon, the company that developed the world’s first validated and verified UN REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) project in 2011 and sold the first REDD+ carbon offsets to corporate buyers such as Coca-Cola, UPS, Microsoft, Hershey’s and more. She later joined Xpansiv as SVP of the Americas driving and overseeing the company's expansion in the US voluntary carbon market. Since 2015 Rachel has been on the advisory council for The W+ Standard which compelled her to launch Empower Co. to create demand for W+ units to rapidly scale the advancement of women and provide net positive contributions to all Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, Rachel volunteers her time as the Head of Market Mechanism Development for the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative. She is a Mother and wife to a son and partner who inspires her daily.

Track: Transformative Governance & Metrics

Much has been said and written about applying intersectionality when tackling environmental and social issues - a topic not without its share of difficulties and even controversy. This session is for anyone... see more

Tuesday 18th October
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM