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Episode 12: Finding Your Inner Rock

Jennifer Mulholland & Jeff Shuck
August 25, 2020

Change agent, innovator, and entrepreneur Raquel "Roq' Graham - founder and CEO of Roq Innovation - intimately knows about what it means to navigate times of incredible, unpredictable change. 

Tune in to hear her powerful story of how following her intuition that something was off in her body turned into a life-threatening health crisis. And as a result, how she reached deep within to find her inner rock - the will to live - and the abundance on the other side. 


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Conscious Conversations With Leaders Like You. Raquel Graham HeadshotAs a sought-after veteran marketing strategist and consultant, Raquel Graham has a successful track record in marketing strategy, branding, partnerships and sponsorships and event management. Her enterprising business acumen, in combination with her dynamic and engaging communication skills, has made her the go-to person in the industry. Raquel is well respected by her colleagues as a tenacious player with action-oriented leadership style.

Raquel had a successful track record with helping corporate companies build their brands, but her biggest accomplishment was in creating her own - as an entrepreneur. In 2014, she started her own business, ROQ Innovation, a product innovation company that develops problems-solving solutions that aim to make life a little easier.   "We develop, solve and invent solutions daily to meet the needs of our families. I enjoy providing solutions to making anyone’s life a bit easier. We all need that.”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she moved to Chicago and joined Johnson Publishing Company where she served as vice president, national marketing director for seven years. In this role, she also facilitated multiple strategic partnerships that made a tremendous impact on advertising revenue. One of her most significant achievements was spearheading and negotiating EBONY’s first media partnership to expand the publication’s reach. Known for creating strategic alliances - she also forged partnerships for the publication with the NFL, Anheuser-Busch, Procter & Gamble, Chrysler and Clorox during her tenure.

In 2009, Raquel earned her MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management while working full-time and having her second baby. She also holds a B.A. in history with an economics minor from Wesleyan University.

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