Recommended Audience

Businesses and professional organizations




A 60 minute multi-media presentation delivered by one certified Rachel's Challenge presenter at your site.

Program Description

The inspiring story of Rachel Scott whose example of kindness and acceptance was brought to light when she became the first victim in the Columbine High School tragedy. Conveyed through stories from Rachel's life and writings, this keynote address shows the profound positive impact we can have on those around us. The presentation demonstrates to the listener the power of deliberately reaching out in word and action to others to start what Rachel called "a chain reaction of kindness and compassion." It encourages participants to examine their own lives in the light of the following 5 challenges.


  • Look for the Best in Others
  • Continue to Dream
  • Be a Positive Influence
  • Speak and Act with Kindness
  • Start your own Chain Reaction


Rachel's Challenge motivates each individual to consider where they are personally in relation to the five challenges. It also prompts the listener to reflect on their relationship with and impact on the people around them. Additionally, Rachel’s Challenge renews the participants hope that their life has purpose through service to others. Rachel's story gives participants permission to start their own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects the climate in their school or organization. Provides the foundation upon which to build a community of caring that leads to happier employees and a better bottom-line. Note: This keynote address can be followed by 3 hours of education and training designed to move the emotion and concepts in Rachel's story into an actionable plan to sustain or improve the culture of the organization.


Awaken the Workplace

People want to buy from, work for, and partner with companies that are doing things in the world that create real impact—companies that do more than work hard, but are laser focused on generating more value for their customers, employees, and communities.  So how do you build a company that matters? How do you create more value for your business?

Awaken the Workplace is a business training program designed to implement Rachel's Challenge life-changing principles into the business environment.  It is based on the premise that employees and management are more engaged and more productive when they understand themselves, care about others, and discover the passion to fulfill their destiny within the organization.

The basis for Awaken the Workplace is the story of Rachel Scott, the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.  Set against the backdrop of the Columbine tragedy, her story produces an intensely personal, reflective experience that focuses on how to be a better person and team member.  Her writings and life story form the foundation of the keynote and trainings. 

Awaken the Workplace is comprised of:

Keynote Address (90 minutes) – This powerful presentation is a prerequisite for the training sessions.  It follows the life and writings of Rachel and the impact her positive words and simple acts of kindness had on others.  Her inspiring story has captivated over 25 million people and has helped transform businesses, schools, and communities into safer, more connected places to work and live with the profoundly simple message of the power of deliberately reaching out to others with kindness and compassion.

Employee Training (2 hours) – The employee training focuses on promoting a positive work environment that is less prone to harassment, absenteeism and turnover.  By expanding on the principles of respect and compassion initiated in the keynote address, instructors use multi-media and hands-on exercises to encourage employees to incorporate positive strategies and behaviors into their personal and work lives.

Supervisor and Senior Management Training (2 hours) – Led by a senior executive trainer, this session is designed to help management develop strategies for implementing and sustaining the principles discovered in the keynote address and employee trainings.

Adult Chain Reaction

Program Name

Chain Reaction – Adult

Recommended Audience

Adults 18 years and up


Rachel's Challenge prior to, or incorporated into, this program.


6 hours, including break for lunch, in a dedicated space where participants won’t be interrupted. Training is presented by two certified Rachel's Challenge presenters. Some program support materials will be provided by the host.

Program Description

Chain Reaction is a six-hour, intensive, interactive training that consists of:

  1. Teaching and processing segments
  2. Physical activities
  3. Full- and small-group sharing

Chain Reaction includes a cross section of your organization's population represented by 80-125 adults, one-quarter who will be small group leaders. It is designed to promote personal introspection, understanding of others, community building and empowerment. This is accomplished by focusing on the following themes:


  1. Our Words Have Power – To Hurt or Heal
  2. Hugs – Appropriate Touch
  3. Take Off your Mask – Be Who You Really Are
  4. You are Not Alone – We All Have Shared Experiences
  5. Today is YOUR Chain Reaction Moment


Participants understand their personal identity, power and uniqueness. They learn that they are not personally defined by their circumstances and experiences. Participants also come to understand that despite their personal uniqueness they share experiences with many others in the room. Barriers among the participants are broken down by the realization that through these shared experiences they are not alone.