Raquel Wiley is the founder of RAQHer, a grassroots organization formed to bring women of all ethnicities, experiences and economic backgrounds together to break down barriers and bridge gaps that prevent women from realizing their full potential personally and professionally. “No sister left behind!” is the mantra for RAQHer’s growing group.
Wiley’s motivation for starting RAQHer is rooted in her experience as both an African American woman in corporate America and a divorced working mother of two. Over the past 30 years, she’s battled outdated thinking and expectations externally and internally to survive and thrive as a technology executive, a mother and grandmother, a wife and companion, a friend and community activist.
Wiley is a rising voice for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) and a sought-after expert and frequent speaker on DE&I topics, such as gender and racial diversity. She serves as co-chair of the DEI Committee for the Alliance of Channel Women (ACW) and is a member of the Channel Futures DE&I Advisory Board.
Wiley also has built a successful career in the telecom industry over the past 25 years and recently served as vice president of marketing at NetFortris, a provider of managed communications services. A recognized leader in the telecom space, Wiley is a former officer and member of the board of directors of ACW.
Her work with ACW kick-started her current passion for doing the hard work to heal the “isms” – racism, sexism, classism, ageism, etc. – that plague our communities, cause civil unrest and stifle progress. The RAQHer platform begins the work by supporting women through education, community, mentorship and advocacy.