About Valerie

In the field of executive coaching, training and facilitation since 2004, I specialize in leadership, effective communication, career progression and managerial competencies, mainly for women. I assist professionals, managers and leaders in clarifying and achieving their objectives while affirming their values. As a faculty member of Il Sole 24 Ore’s Business School, I teach and coach participants in several Master programs. To sum up, I endeavor to help others find the key to reaching professional fulfillment with clarity and confidence.

Prior to shifting my focus to coaching and leadership development, I spent 15 years in Paris in several American multinationals as Director of F&A Europe, where my responsibilities extended from Finance and Human Resources to IT and Legal. Having worked in complex, multicultural, matrix structures, often as the token woman in executive management, I’m able to quickly understand and effectively coach on the challenges that women and businesses face today.

Active in the women’s international community, I co-founded Métamorphose and the FAIRE network, non-profit initiatives aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs in Ivory Coast and other West African nations. I’ve had a variety of roles including President and Director in various capacities of the Professional Women’s Association of Milan since 2004. Most recently in the role of Professional Development Director, I led the design and implementation of the association’s Mentoring Program, now in its fourth edition.

Originally from Cape Cod (USA), I obtained my degree in Business Administration summa cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston and am a graduate of Corporate Coach University International. I’m a member of the International Coach Federation, certified at the ACC level, and have served on the board of directors of ICF Italy. As an Axialent faculty member, I am certified in coaching on Conscious Business© skills and techniques, as well as on several individual and team assessment tools.

Based in Milan, I’m married to an unconventional Italian and am the proud mother of two young daughters.

Coaching, training & facilitation languages: English, Italian and French.