Meet Rachel Lancaster

Rachel has spent the last 10 years of her career as a trailblazer for women in male dominated industries. She has served in various state and national level business development roles representing women’s perspective in fields which include building materials and construction, transportation, and the utility industry. She can close deals in heels (or steel toe boots) and is no stranger to being the only female at the table contributing to the conversation. A first generation college graduate, Rachel advocates for females furthering their education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, master’s certificate from Cornell University, and has obtained a management certificate in business, finance, and international trade from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University in Washington DC. Her motto is to “always be learning” and, as a girl growing up in Appalachia, she hopes to motivate other young women from her state to pursue their education and their dreams.  

Rachel is very active in her community. After relocating out of state for work for a few years, she decided to move back home. It was truly then that she gained new perspective and appreciation of her hometown and decided to work to make it an even better place. She joined Junior League of the Eastern Panhandle, WV  (JuLEP) in their inaugural year. 2020 – what a great year to start a league!  She immediately rolled up her sleeves and went to work as Fund Development Chair and created one of their biggest annual fundraisers. She served as membership chair the following year and, after a big leap of faith, became the League’s first President-Elect. She currently serves as President, completing her first year in office. She has led the league through their first large transition of leadership and continues to support the vision of the previous president. Rachel is also the chair of the local Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network for 2024. She serves as vice-chair for her local Rotary Club, and volunteers in local schools. Her most rewarding position is being a mom of two very active young kids – both in travel sports. (Who needs a free weekend anyway?) People often ask her how she does it all, and her response is always that it is not a choice. There are too many young girls, including her own young daughter, watching. It is our duty as women to continue to lay the foundation for the future female leaders who will follow.