Rachel Thompson

Marketing Director, Goosmann Law Firm

What are you working on now? 

I remain involved in River-Cade by working on the Royalty Committee to help raise funds for their scholarship program and plan events associated with the Royalty contest. 

As a former River-Cade Queen, I am passionate about helping young women in the Siouxland community and giving back by providing mentoring opportunities that were given to me throughout my college and River-Cade experience.  The Royalty contest and scholarship provides mentorship and personal growth opportunities that help enhance skills in public speaking, networking, and professionalism while showing young women the value of giving back to their community.  This is all made possible by the wonderful River-Cade volunteers and donors who help keep this festival and contest in Siouxland for over 50 years.  

Along with River-Cade, I have continued to stay connected to Morningside College as an alumni volunteer.  Every year I speak to classes or during events held on campus to share my passion and experiences in business and marketing.  Life after college can be intimidating, I want to make it less daunting for young professionals and encourage them to make it an exciting time in their lives. 

What is your vision for the future? 

My vision for the future of Siouxland is the growth of young professionals in the community. Young professionals are paying attention to what a company stands for and their “why”. It is important that organizations prioritize creating a diverse workforce that allows team members to grow within their careers. Young professionals will range from new college graduates to parents of growing children – these are two different groups of people; however, both want jobs with room for growth and a work environment that appreciates its employees.

What would you like to see happen in Siouxland?

I am proud to be a Siouxlander and to have grown up here, lived here, and work here.  I know Sioux City has a bright future and there are many people working extremely hard to make big things happen for the city that will allow future growth in jobs and tourism.  I would love to continue seeing our community improve through projects like beautifying the riverfront, new housing developments, and restoration of historic downtown buildings.  

What are you doing to make that happen?

I lead Goosmann Law Firm’s culture committee.  Through this we find ways to continue creating a fun and engaging work culture for employees that’s worth it and sharing ideas and plans on how we can help our communities through volunteer opportunities and giving back.

How can people help you make that happen? 

I encourage people to find something you love in Siouxland that you’re passionate about and help that cause.  We need those in our community who care to speak up and help take action to improve Siouxland. Vote, volunteer, donate, participate, mentor, educate, and love your neighbor.  It doesn’t matter how big or small.  If every person did something positive for Siouxland, together we can make a huge impact for the people that live here, work here, and visit.

What quote inspires you?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Volunteer Organizations

River-Cade Royalty

Morningside College Alum

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