Keynote & Motivational Speaker

Rachel Presser is a vivacious and engaging keynote speaker and motivational speaker with a steady presence on the games convention circuit. Her unique experience in the games and financial industries has made her a sought-after negotiation skills speaker in the women's entrepreneurship sphere.

Frequently discussing business models in indie games, tax law for creatives, and empowerment and confidence-building tactics for women and other marginalized groups, Rachel loves to take tough and often arcane topics and make them easy to understand. She brings her years of performing experience to your event with her hilarious delivery laced with real-world hardcore band and game dev wisdom that the audience can relate to and leaves them wanting more.

Rachel is prepared to help your organization, conference, or convention with her comprehensive roster of key issues affecting creative professionals and our daily discourse.

Contact Rachel today to discuss setting up a speaking engagement and how she can bring value to your team.

Keynote Speaker Bio

Rachel Presser is known for her upbeat and informative talks on the business of games and finding work-life balance on your terms and values. Her humorous and engaging speaking style is rich with real-world examples, amusing stories and observations, and audience participation is encouraged. Rachel's takeaways are meant to educate, inspire, and leave the audience wanting to learn more.

As a game developer and business consultant, Rachel Presser knows that the best way to keep an audience captivated is to weave quality storytelling into speaking engagements. Her original material draws upon her experience in the financial and gaming industries and her presence onstage and ability to interact with an audience hails from years of playing in hardcore bands.

Rachel is a regular speaker on the games convention circuit and guest speaker at universities. Her experience in various types of digital media and can-do attitude that colors her real-world stories interwoven with informative presentations have educated and inspired numerous audiences.


Rachel Presser is known for her entertaining and educational speeches on the business of games, social justice, and work-life balance. Her upbeat yet satirical manner leaves audiences wanting more and she lives for interacting with audiences. Rachel takes a high-energy approach to speaking engagements that comes from years of playing in hardcore bands and working the room at game jams and other game development centric events where even the most introverted attendees became engaged and left wanting more.

Rachel knows the difference between a lecture and a speaking engagement and strives to make all of her presentations memorable, educational, and humorous. This has earned her repeated speaking slots at East Coast Games Conference, Gameacon, and other gaming industry events in addition to universities including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Wagner College.

Rachel wrote the first tax law book for game developers, The Definitive Guide to Taxes for Indie Developers drawing upon her experience as an Enrolled Agent counseling small businesses and individuals. Rachel's book has earned praise among game developers and financial professionals alike for its ability to take what many people find a boring and scary topic into something easy to understand and even fun, with many appropriate gaming and development references. Rachel takes the exact approach to every speaking engagement to educate and entertain the audience and inspire them to rise above these challenges.

Past Engagements and Clients

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Speaker Fees and Travel

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