About MettaWorks

Stand in self – expression|Act with ease|Lead from power

Rachel L. Rider

Founder & CEO

Rachel is a Columbia University certified executive coach with over a decade of coaching experience. She sets her practice apart by drawing from both traditional and alternative modalities, including Somatic Experiencing, Polarity Therapy, Zen Buddhism, Inner Relationship Focusing, and antiracism. Her aim is to see, hear, and feel a client’s needs with utmost clarity in order to bring about profound, lasting, and measurable results.  

Rachel also draws from firsthand in-house leadership experience, first as Bloomberg’s HR Business Partner responsible for developing and coaching leaders and teams, and then in charge of leadership coaching at AppNexus (since acquired by AT&T) and Digital Ocean, the third-largest hosting company in the world.

It was in these roles that she began to develop the modalities that underpin the MettaWorks method. And it was one instance in particular that motivated her to launch her own coaching practice. Early in her career, she was in charge of laying off 60 long time colleagues – face to face. Deeply conflicted, she did the only thing she could think to do: she went inward, and attended to her own sense of conflict, and made space for the task at hand, which she carried out with empathy, and attention. 

The results were clear, and so was the path forward. After earning her executive coaching certification through Columbia University, Rachel founded MettaWorks in 2015.  

Since then, she has completed a three-year intensive certification in Somatic Experiencing.She has also received training in Polarity Therapy. She continues her decades-long meditation practice with Shugen Arnold Roshi, successor to Zen Mountain Monastery founder John Daido Loori Roshi.

As a very important part of her ongoing growth and study, Rachel works with antiracism coach, Makeda Pennycooke. This work is vital to what MettaWorks offers, ensuring she continues to closely examine the racism that lives within her and challenge white thinking she may be bringing to the coaching she provides and the company she runs.


Executive Coach

Alison is an International Coaching Federation credentialed coach who draws on years of firsthand experience. Alison’s coaching is uniquely informed by her professional experiences as a corporate executive and an entrepreneur. She also has her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. Alison is Certified in Positive Psychology and Happiness Studies from Harvard University, versed in the neurobiology of stress and the neuroscience of change. Alison is also trained in Somatic Experiencing which emphasizes self regulation of the nervous system.  Alison’s holistic approach to coaching is science-backed and whole-body focused.

Before becoming an Executive Coach, Alison spent 15 years working at IBM and Pepsi-Cola in marketing, strategic planning, and finance. She was happily married with two kids, and about to renovate a dream home when the script flipped. Her husband was offered a temporary position abroad. Alison left her job and moved with her family for what was supposed to be a short-term post in Brazil and turned out to be a nearly two-decades-long shuffle. Alison found herself struggling to keep up with the logistics of relocation, caring for aging parents from a distance, moving kids between school districts and parenting one with learning differences – all of which was compounded by the onset of chronic pain, headaches, and anxiety attacks. 

After a decade of fighting fear and stress, Alison decided it was time to address the way she reacted to stressors rather than the stressors themselves. By going inward, she was able to reframe her circumstances and leverage the power of the brain’s neuroplasticity, and it made all the difference. She wanted everyone to know how profound and real her results were. So, Alison went back to school to learn the science of well-being.

Studying positive psychology under Harvard Professor Dr. Tal Ben Shahar at the Wholebeing Institute, Alison was tapped to be a teaching assistant for the newly launched Happiness Studies Academy. She has since coached entrepreneurs and leaders across industries, first exclusively through a private practice and later alongside Rachel Rider, at MettaWorks.

Alison asks powerful questions that draw out her client’s inherent wisdom while also sharing science-backed strategies that lead to lasting behavioral change.  Appreciating that insight alone cannot sustain positive transformation, she marries mindset shifts to actionable plans, behavioral changes and concrete leadership skills resulting in profound results for her clients. 

Alison has coached leaders at companies ranging in size from 200 to 200,000 such as Okta, Catalyst, Facebook, Workday, Amazon, Box, Capital One, Visa, Google.

Alison does her own antiracism work as well, attending MettaWorks’ bi-annual antiracism training as well as her own self study and extensive reading.

Shiven Ramji Chief Product Officer, Auth0
I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Rachel for more than three years at hypergrowth companies where she is actively helping my team, and I level up how we operate and grow as leaders and work together more effectively. Rachel’s work has directly impacted the team’s culture, behavior, and performance, ultimately delivering the desired business outcomes.
Lesley Hicks Associate Director of HR, Vimeo
Rachel worked with several members of management in the Engineering team at Squarespace. Our leaders were very impressed with her ability to listen, empathize and diagnose issues as well as provide specific, tangible action items to help address areas of focus. The results of the engagements were so positive that other leaders began requesting to work with her also.
Avigail Dadone Chief People Officer, Diligent
I have worked with Rachel for many years in various capacities and can say she is truly one in a million. She is intensely passionate about what she does and the value she brings to the organizations she works with is beyond impressive. She can take challenging and ambiguous subject matter and turn it into an actionable discussion and learning, based in framework and structure. I see the individual leaders who work with her walking away feeling invested in and empowered to go about their already challenging work lives with more tools and confidence to succeed.
Edward Chiu Co-Founder & CEO, Catalyst
Rachel is by far the BEST executive coach I’ve ever partnered with. Growing and improving executives is one of the most challenging things and she has done a superb job for Catalyst. The executives she’s coached have not only improved their relationships with their peers, but made drastic improvements with their direct reports. Results were clearly shown in the engagement survey scores as well as written highlights from the annual feedback reviews. If you have executives on your team that need coaching, seriously look no further.
Joel Califa Staff Product Designer, GitHub
When I was leading the Product Design team at DigitalOcean, Rachel’s coaching was invaluable. It made me a better manager, guided me through some tricky situations, and clarified what I wanted from my career. More recently, she helped me figure out the source of some productivity blockers. You come into a session thinking you have it more or less figured out, but then she asks one perfect question and it changes everything. Rachel isn’t just good, she’s consistently good, so every single session is impactful. I couldn’t recommend her more.
Jenny Buchholz CFO, Captivate LLC
In the short time I worked with Rachel, she was extremely insightful in helping me identify blind spots in my leadership style and how to address them. Working together also enabled me to become a more multi-faceted leader to guide the company in either exponential-growth or crisis mode.
Al Sene VP of Engineering, DigitalOcean
I have worked with Rachel for a few years now and have a deep appreciation and respect for her work. She has developed a holistic approach to executive coaching to uncover long held patterns that limit and hold us back. This, combined with her pragmatic and practical insights, has helped me grow considerably as a leader, be more effective in my work and continue to realize my possibilities.
Karmen Madramootoo People Experience Manager, Dashlane
I’ve worked with Rachel over the course of several months and she made such an impact on the way I coach and enable leaders or employees across the organization. With the right dose of challenge and support she managed to help me navigate my development areas and my approach towards them. Additionally, she took my feedback and implemented it in her work with me. I truly appreciate the time invested with Rachel!
Kevin Chiu Co-Founder & COO, Catalyst
As a first-time founder and young leader, I’m not sure how I lasted so long without an executive coach. Rachel has truly leveled me up in ways that I couldn’t have imagined and I wouldn’t be the leader that I am without her help on things like giving critical feedback, receiving feedback, monitoring how I show up daily, my triggers, time management, and more. Someone once told me that the best athletes in the world like Michael Jordan and Serena Williams need a coach. What makes you think you can be a founder or executive without one?
Sougata Dasgupta Business Owner, Dasgupta LLC
I have known Rachel for a long time, and I came to her as a trusted friend and colleague when I needed help with self development. It was one of the best decisions in my career! Rachel understood me, where I came from, and asked me poignant and thoughtful questions that allowed me to explore the genesis of my leadership style, beliefs, and values. As a result I was able to make one of the most significant moves of my life and my career. I wholeheartedly recommend that you take up the opportunity to have Rachel be your executive coach – you will completely transform your outlook on leadership!
Rafael Mojica VP of User Experience, DigitalOcean
Rachel has been an invaluable ally on my development as a leader. She has helped me identify my strengths and use my competitive advantage. Her style helped me work through challenges and find the hidden lessons in what I went through. Rachel is also great at pushing me to the next level so that I’m in constant growth mode. One day, I suddenly realized I’m a better leader than the first time I had a conversation with her. I would definitely not be where I am without Rachel’s coaching.
Rochelle Sonnenberg Community Program Manager, Microsoft
It was wonderful working with Rachel. She was incredibly thoughtful in ensuring that I was making growth and progress in each coaching session. She ensured that we were always on the right track towards my reaching my larger goals. After our coaching, I left with a greater sense of direction and confidence towards my career. I now have the job and salary that I’ve always wanted. I highly recommend working with Rachel.
Rich Vincent Director, Talent & Organizational Dev, Knotel
I’ve had the pleasure of using Rachel as an individual coach for executives and as part of larger leadership programs for a few years now and her ability to produce successful results is exceptional. Her insight, ability to create great rapport and trust give her the highest credibility with her clientele. Her focus on tangible tasks ensures considerable impact. I actively seek opportunities to utilize her services.
Alex Pearl HR Business Partner, Samsara
I had the pleasure of working with Rachel during our time at DigitalOcean. Rachel is a thoughtful, strategic partner to all leaders she supports. Her past experience advising business leaders, combined with her exemplary coaching abilities, is what makes Rachel a value add to all organizations and the clients she supports. She is an extraordinary executive coach, delivering outcomes through coaching that are transformative and business aligned. Her coaching abilities also translate to her being a skillful facilitator, whether that’s in a classroom setting or live feedback session. She is truly one of a kind!
Lyndsey Dyer Vice President of Human Resources, Clio
Rachel and I worked together to launch the internal Coaching function at DigitalOcean. During that time, I was consistently impressed by Rachel’s strategic capabilities, her incredibly strong intuition, and her ability to connect meaningfully with her clients and colleagues at every level. I was honoured to bare witness to the transformative impact she had on individual leaders, as well as on key leadership teams and the business as a whole. The value she added to our team and organization is truly immeasurable.

The MettaWorks Method:

Leaders, attending to relationships is the gateway to impact, fulfillment and holistic self-expression. And the most important relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. The MettaWorks method works by addressing ground-level issues – whatever it is you’re facing right now, be it a seemingly insurmountable obstacle or a misalignment in values with key players.

By stepping back to take a wider view of context, situation, and patterns, we link ground-level issues to deeper, core beliefs; we leverage the nervous system, and the body’s intelligence.

Through a mix of modalities selected to suit your needs, we transform issues into assets, and give you the tools to be whoever you came here to be.

Interested in working with MettaWorks?