Rachel, second from left, with the Epsilon Omicron Chapter Executive Board, at Western Illinois University.
Rachel Ramirez, Treasurer of the Epsilon Omicron Chapter at Western Illinois University, is making her mark -- as a student, a professional and a woman.
She is founder of the organization, Women in Business, at Western Illinois University. A marketing major and Honors College student, she felt a need for women students to have a support group in college while they prepared for a career after graduation.
Through founding Women in Business and the work Rachel does to empower women, she believes in the strength of women. "Sometimes," she said, "women may not realize their full potential because there is no one recognizing the good that they do and the potential that they have. It is important to empower women with knowledge, encouragement and support to break through the glass ceiling that holds many of us from achieving our full potential."
And who inspires and supports Rachel? "My mother recognizes my potential and always provides encouragement to keep me going at my lowest moments. She is my inspiration and a great motivator. She has been a great example to me and I shall strive to make her proud," Rachel concludes.
Rachel is incredibly busy with her college career. In addition to her other responsibilities, she is a member of the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. But she appreciates every moment of her college experience.
Delta Zeta has greatly influenced her goals for college and beyond.
"As a member of Delta Zeta," Rachel said, "I have learned to define my goals through emphasizing the mission of Delta Zeta. I feel personally blessed and supported through the network of support and encouragement I have received from my sisters. It seems that we have a connection that we are all in tune to one another’s needs. I know that support is always available, but it seems that I never have to ask for it. It is always present. My goal in life is to do the greatest good for the greatest number. I believe it can be accomplished through philanthropic efforts with the support of my sisters. Together, we lift each other to their greatest potential."
And Rachel says there is one particular moment in her Delta Zeta experience that made a difference in her life.
"The biggest turning point for me was participating with Delta Zeta in Dance Marathon. During this event, we helped raise over $10,000 for The Children's Miracle Network. One of my sisters shared her personal story and how The Children's Miracle Network helped her. It wasn't easy for her to tell her own story, but knowing that we were there for her, gave her the strength to express her thoughts and feelings.
"In that moment, I realized that these women would be supportive of me with any personal problems that I may endure. When I looked around at the number of women supporting one another, I knew that I would never be alone again. It is a nice feeling knowing that all of the women of Delta Zeta would be supportive of me, and of course I would be supportive of them at any time."
After graduation, Rachel will continue to help women fulfill their potential. "My plans after graduation as an alumna are to maintain a network of support for my chapter and Delta Zeta as a whole," she said. "I believe that if women continue to achieve and to provide support to our members, we can establish a unity throughout our careers that will provide opportunity to women of Delta Zeta. Professionally, I plan to gain work experience before going back to school to receive my Ph.D. I aspire to become a professor of marketing."
There is no doubt that with Rachel's drive, enthusiasm and passion to help others, she will fulfill her aspirations and help others to fulfill theirs as well.