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.
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.