Joined Stern 2019
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-100A
New York, NY 10012
An internationalist with two decades of experience, Valerie has problem-solved with municipal leaders in Central America, coached education entrepreneurs in the Middle East, invested in the education and training of aspiring business leaders and executives, as well as convened journalists, artists, environmentalists, diplomats, and venture capitalists from across 80+ countries for impact.
With a background in international development and comparative politics, Valerie holds a deep appreciation for the power of individuals to shape and impact organizations, communities and systems. From her early years as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, to her more recent culture change work within large global organizations, she maintains a deep fascination and appreciation for the complexities of interpersonal and group dynamics that shape our everyday lived experiences. Valerie is motivated by the belief that leadership is not dependent on position, but instead born from a mindset; it is an everyday practice to renew with each day, each moment, grounded by personal aspirations and in active collaboration with others.
Valerie is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Stern School of Business and is associated with two leadership advisory firms, the Everyday Leadership Group Cultivating Leadership. She also serves as a facilitator and trainer within the Holding Space and Interpersonal and Group Dynamics Programs at Yale School of Management (SOM). For over a decade, Valerie held varied leadership roles across Yale, including directing the Master in Advanced Management Program at the business school. Valerie also designed and led the programming for the Yale World Fellows, a unique fellowship program for extraordinary mid-career professionals from across sectors and countries.
Valerie holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Comparative Politics and a MA from Yale University in Global Affairs. She has trained in adult development theory and applications with Cultivating Leadership’s Growth Edge Network and Co-Active Coaching with CTI.
M.A., Global Affairs, 2006
B.A., Government (Honors), 2002