Speaking Appearances

If you are interested in having Rachael Steil speak about the book, her 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, How to talk about these issues with athletes
–Breaking Misconceptions & Stigma
–Insight for dietitians, therapists, counselors (share eating disorders experience, what worked best in recovery)
–Physical & Emotional consequences
–Her Story & Recovery
–Perfectionism, Identity, Tackling Fear, Speaking up
–For Coaches: Why I Kept Silent About My Eating Disorder, and Why Coaches Shouldn’t
“Rachael spoke with our girls’ leadership group and she did a phenomenal job. It was extremely well organized and very heartfelt. You really could see the message getting through to those girls.”
–Jill VanderEnde, West Catholic High School
“Rachael was able to connect with every attendee in the room while speaking at CMU. Rachael’s willingness and effort to fight for an end to the stigma associated with eating disorders is refreshing. Her words need to be heard.”
–Lisa Carpenter, M.A., L.P.C., Center of Hope Counseling
“By sharing her story, and affirming both her own journey and the journey of those who may still be struggling, Rachael provides a liberating voice and a much-needed platform. Running in Silence is a tragically necessary story that may very well save someone’s life.”
-Jon Propper, Education Director, First (Park) Congregational Church, Grand Rapids
“Rachael Steil gives a reflective and emotion-felt presentation about her struggle with an eating disorder. With PowerPoint she offers a keen visual for understanding how she dealt with her addiction and how others might notice it in themselves and find help.”
–Mary Jane Fedder, Pentwater Township Library Assistant
“It’s easy to connect with Rachel as she speaks candidly about her eating disorder. Her openness and ability to bring humor to a very serious issue allows her to be approachable by those that seek help and understanding with their own personal eating disorder battles.”
–Donna Messina, President of Sole Sisters
“Rachael is on a mission. She speaks words that are easy for people to receive.”
–Kim Carson, FM 1065 Morning Drive Air Personality


March 11, 2018 Better Body Image Conference: Shape Self, Celebrating Body in Grand Rapids, MI


12/5/17 Eating Disorder Experience, Recovery, What Coaches Can Do @ University of Rhode Island, Kingston
12/4/17 Eating Disorder Talk, Q&A, Book Signing @ Boston University
11/30/17 Saint Michael’s College, Ross Sports Center in Colchester, Vermont Blog Recap HERE
11/15/17 Aquinas College Theory of Coaching class
MITCA Cross Country Coaches Clinic http://www.mitca.org/?page_id=20
11/1/17 Grandville High School Seminar Guest Speaker: Media, Body Image, & Eating Disorders
 Pentwater Township Library Author Reading & Presentation
6/19/17 Women’s Life with Sole Sister Running Group
5/27/17 Mental Health Discussion with Running in Silence @ Slover Library in Norfolk, Virginia
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
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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