Hi, I'm Valerie -

I’m an author, speaker, coach, and an award-winning business leader.

I began as a Iyengar yoga and meditation teacher when I was studying theatre at DePaul University. In the years that followed, I started three successive health and wellness studios. Then in 2008, I co-founded Vera Whole Health -- the innovative Seattle-based wellness company that’s redefining how organizations provide healthcare to their employees.

As a member of Vera’s leadership team, my work at Vera was closely guided by my values and my passions for holistic wellness and servant leadership. Vera created a model of wellness where care providers thrive without burnout, where patients get the time and attention they want, and where organizations realize dramatic decreases in their healthcare spend. I helped develop a new culture around health care at Vera. The impact of my work was recognized in 2014 when I was named a Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence.

Over the past 15 years, my work has supported leaders and healers across a range of organizations and institutions. Recent larger organizational clients include Seattle Children’s Hospital, Physician’s Insurance, Sound Medicine, and Seattle OBGYN.

My approach starts with building awareness. My process invites reflection, compassion, and connection to community.

I'm a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful businesses under my belt and a Chief Visionary Officer working on my next big vision.

 

Offerings:

Coaching

Coaching

Podpractices

Podpractices

Workshops

Workshops

WORKSHOPS

My Patreon channel

My Patreon channel

patreon

Speaking

Speaking

Business Mentoring

Business Mentoring

Business Mentoring


 
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The Change Agent's Handbook

The Change Agent's Handbook is an invitation to make a contribution in the world by first and foremost attending to our own integrity and authenticity.

 

As a coach, Valerie is able to tune in to where I’m at and what I am ready for every time we speak. She nudges just enough, offers guidance in bite size bits, and shares wonderful, intuitive insights when they bubble up. Working with her is always profound and helpful.
— Nikki Aiello, Founder of Your Guide to Wellness
I have had the privilege of working with Valerie on a physician wellness and resilience project for the past ten months. I have been impressed time and again with Valerie’s depth of knowledge about the health and healthcare. Her abilities as a facilitator are unmatched; she is able to identify and gather the core threads of unformed idea then guide a disparate group of people to create meaningful, impactful outcomes which exceeded anything the group had imagined. As a speaker, she is engaging, organized, and articulate. She brings a fresh and much needed perspective to the healthcare industry. Valerie has my highest recommendation for public speaking, coaching, consulting, and leadership development.
— Elizabeth Hughes, MD
I hired Valerie to speak at our Annual Leadership Retreat. I asked her to speak on wellness and focus her talk on how the leadership team at Overlake could take care of themselves in order to take care of their staff and our patients. She did an exceptional job. She was engaging, professional and insightful. Everyone walked away from the talk with a new learning or understanding and they were energized and encouraged about the future.
— Lisa Brock, Chief of Human Resources at Overlake Medical Center