Before starting her business, Val worked for many years as a school social worker in the inner city schools of Chicago. She worked with students in crisis, providing individual and group counseling services to students dealing with abuse, neglect, violence, hunger, mental illness, and she also worked to provide immediate psychiatric hospitalization for students who were suicidal or homicidal.
She is now coaching individuals who come to her from around the world. She believes that everyone is capable of living an energized and impassioned life, and she loves to make the impossible POSSIBLE. Valerie is also a motivational speaker, the host of the Inspiration With Val podcast, and is the founder of Ryan Banks Academy, a nonprofit seeking to build the first boarding school for inner city youth in Chicago.