Speaking Appearances

If you are interested in having Rachael Steil speak about the book, the story, and its broader eating disorder context at your event, sports team, or school, please contact her for rates and availability at runninginsilence@gmail.comRachael also speaks to local book clubs.

Key Topics

  • Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating in athletics/running
  • Signs, Causes & Prevention
  • Breaking Misconceptions & Stigma
  • Physical & Emotional Consequences
  • My story & Recovery Journey
  • Support & Coaching
  • Perfectionism, Identity, Tackling Fear, Speaking Up


“Rachael spoke with our girls’ leadership group and she did a phenomenal job. It was extremely well organized and very heartfelt. You really could just see the message getting through to those girls, and I was over-impressed with her delivery.”
–Jill VanderEnde, West Catholic High School
“Whether an attendee was a recovered, a caregiver, or someone new to the eating disorder world, Rachael was able to connect with every attendee in the room while speaking at French Auditorium on the campus of Central Michigan University. Spreading the word about a category of taboo mental disorders isn’t easy, the world doesn’t want to hear this brokenness. Rachael has made strides in her efforts to bring light to these issues and share the struggles of athletes all over. Rachael’s willingness and effort to fight for an end to the stigma associated with eating disorders is refreshing. I believe her words need to be heard, and would gladly have her come speak in our community again.”
–Lisa Carpenter, M.A., L.P.C., Center of Hope Counseling
I thoroughly enjoyed Rachael’s presentation! She touched on subjects that I can relate to.”
“I enjoyed [Rachael’s] talk at the Women’s City Club! I was (and am) impressed with not only [her] writing, but also [her] poise during the presentation. [She] exude[s] confidence and poise–wonderful to see in young women!”
Grand Rapids Women’s City Club Member
“It was a thrill to hear Rachael talk articulately about this difficult topic.”


Barnes & Noble Book Signing
Friday May 26 4-8pm & Saturday May 27, noon-4pm

Town Center in Virginia Beach
Free & Open to the Public
Mental Health Discussion w/Running in Silence
Saturday May 27, 2017, 11am
Slover Library 235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510
Free & Open to the Public
Healthy Mind & Body: Running in Silence Tackles Balance
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 7-8pm
Visser YMCA 3540 Fairlanes Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Free & Open to the Public
Women’s Life with Sole Sister Running Group
Monday June 19, 2017, 7-8pm
Reading, Presentation, Q&A, & Book Signing
Monday, June 26, 2017, 7-8pm

Pentwater Township Library
402 Park St, Pentwater, MI 49449
Free & Open to the Public


5/15/17 Our Bodies, Our Spirits: Conversations at Park Church with Rachael Steil 
4/17/17 Michigan Authors Book Reading, Signing, 15-min talk @ Kent District Krause Memorial Library
4/11/17 & 4/14/17 Spring Renewal Wellness Week Running in Silence Book Signing @ Greater Grand Rapids DDH YMCA
3/20/17 West Catholic High School Girls’ Leadership Group
3/02/17 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Running in Silence Presentation & Book Signing @ Central Michigan University
1/21/17 Holland, Michigan Barnes & Noble book signing
1/25/17 David D. Hunting Grand Rapids YMCA Senior Potluck Guest Speaker
12/14/16 Grandville Striders Sleigh Bell Shuffle (book signing)
12/15/16 Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders presentation and Q&A
11/16/16 Aquinas College Reading & Signing (Wege Ballroom)
11/15/16 Book Release Party @ SheActive Boutique, Rockford
9/14/16 Forest View Hospital Breakfast and Learn
9/7/16: PechaKucha in Grand Rapids
Misconceptions & Stigma Surrounding Eating Disorders
20 slides, 20 seconds per slide is the challenge

9/6/16 RunGR Wojinar: Eating Disorders in the Running World
7/30/16 Yoga for a Cause for Eat Breathe Thrive
I shared the story of my eating disorder & recovery
6/9/16 Stigmas and Misconceptions Surrounding Eating Disorders
Grand Rapids Women’s City Club
5/19/16 Facing Food Fears with Compassion, Connection, and Creativity
Reading and discussion
Mindful Counseling GR
2/27/15 Stigmas and Misconceptions Surrounding Eating Disorders
Aquinas College
May 2014 The People Picture Company: Go Boldly, Love Your Body Campaign
blog reading and discussion about body image and eating disorders
Spring 2014 Manuscript excerpts for Independent Study project with Dr. Brent Chesley
Aquinas College

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