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Welcome to a very different conversation about leadership…

I believe that true leadership is a state of mind, it’s a way of being, it’s an intention imbued with passion and purpose. It’s how you show up in the world every day—do you live your life as an actor in the story or do you lead your life as the Director? Leadership is accessible to anyone who has the courage to seek it out. The paradox of leadership is that it comes from within and can only be accessed from the inside-out.

Leadership Development is the process of unleashing what’s possible—the pure, powerful, and latent potential—within each of us, whether the intern or the CEO. There is no “right” time to redefine what leadership looks like in your world. You will know when it’s your time. It will feel like a calling, an urgency, a fire within you that seeks to discover your truth.

If your time is now, I invite you wholeheartedly to embark on the most profound journey you will ever take—the journey back to yourself. Throughout the site, I share my approach to leadership development as well as my firm’s services, resources, and programs. I know for sure that holistic transformation is just the beginning of what’s possible through leadership development. Learn more…

Here’s to leading your most inspired life…

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"I wanted to send a big THANK YOU for an amazing experience. Our conversation was the highlight of my week and made an indelible impression on me. After we spoke, I really wanted to focus on developing into a better leader and coach. I've taken an active role in being a coach with the junior associate on my team. Your suggestion that I consider 'him' the output rather than the work was transformative. I feel very empowered by my experience with you, and wanted to let you know the impression and impact you had on me. I hope you continue being a source of inspiration for my colleague and peers."

Associate
McKinsey & Company

2016-07-11T02:54:56+00:00

Associate
McKinsey & Company

“I wanted to send a big THANK YOU for an amazing experience. Our conversation was the highlight of my week and made an indelible impression on me. After we spoke, I really wanted to focus on developing into a better leader and coach. I’ve taken an active role in being a coach with the junior View Full →
"Valia has become a trusted advisor and has been a critical part of my career evolution. She is a successful professional, which makes her advice even more practical and meaningful. She is an astute and active listener who tailors each session to meet her clients' needs at that particular time. Through our discussions, Valia has helped me to identify opportunities to make small shifts in my thoughts and actions which have helped me to be a better leader, a better teammate, a better friend...a better me! I leave each session with Valia feeling energized, engaged, and enlightened with a newfound awareness about myself, my abilities and my passions."

Amy Margolis, Associate Director Marketing
Visiting Nurse Service of New York

2016-07-11T02:55:49+00:00

Amy Margolis, Associate Director Marketing
Visiting Nurse Service of New York

“Valia has become a trusted advisor and has been a critical part of my career evolution. She is a successful professional, which makes her advice even more practical and meaningful. She is an astute and active listener who tailors each session to meet her clients’ needs at that particular time. Through our discussions, Valia has View Full →
"Working with Valia has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. She has been able to help me clarify my thoughts and feelings where I was feeling stuck and form them into concrete ideas. She then coached me on techniques for how I handle those tough situations. She broke things down for me in ways that made them something I could tackle rather than feel overwhelmed with the idea of change… She is encouraging, direct and perceptive and made me realize I am capable of whatever I want to achieve."

Amanda Carson, Director Front End & Systems Design
HBO

2016-07-11T02:52:53+00:00

Amanda Carson, Director Front End & Systems Design
HBO

“Working with Valia has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. She has been able to help me clarify my thoughts and feelings where I was feeling stuck and form them into concrete ideas. She then coached me on techniques for how I handle those tough situations. She broke things down for me in ways that View Full →
"Valia has the ability to create such a genuine, deep level of trust that it becomes less terrifying — at times even enjoyable — to explore the scary parts of what's underneath any fears/hesitations I have around leadership and management. She has really been able to bring out the best in me in a very organic manner by helping me tap into a deep place within myself. Valia is a wonderful human being, and that's really where the root of her strength in coaching lies. Working with her has allowed me to become a better leader and manager through getting to know myself better. And that's really the most important thing there is."

David Quart, SVP Development
New York City Economic Development Corporation

2016-07-11T02:52:01+00:00

David Quart, SVP Development
New York City Economic Development Corporation

“Valia has the ability to create such a genuine, deep level of trust that it becomes less terrifying — at times even enjoyable — to explore the scary parts of what’s underneath any fears/hesitations I have around leadership and management. She has really been able to bring out the best in me in a very View Full →
"Valia has tremendous charisma, passion, polish, professionalism, knowledge and coaching experience. Her approach has structure but is also very customizable and personal. We knew we could put her front of a multitude of senior executives here and see success. All of her clients here have reported significant and lasting change. In addition to gaining a new level of self-awareness and professional growth, Valia’s coachees report feeling more skilled as leaders while being able to handle challenging situations with greater confidence. We are so fortunate to have found her."

Kristina Birukova, HR Generalist
New York City Economist Development Corporation

2016-07-11T02:54:02+00:00

Kristina Birukova, HR Generalist
New York City Economist Development Corporation

“Valia has tremendous charisma, passion, polish, professionalism, knowledge and coaching experience. Her approach has structure but is also very customizable and personal. We knew we could put her front of a multitude of senior executives here and see success. All of her clients here have reported significant and lasting change. In addition to gaining a View Full →
"Valia gets to the core of an issue with precision and a keen ability to inspire. She delivers content that is real, meaningful and applicable. Valia's ability to read a room, understand individual and group dynamics, and customize her sessions to address various team dynamics is uncanny. I have not yet worked with anyone else who is so effective in this regard. Her innate talents lie in her ability to help build and drive teams with one of the most human and intuitive approaches in the market."

Lisa Dallenbach, VP Senior Talent Development
Digitas

2016-07-11T02:46:00+00:00

Lisa Dallenbach, VP Senior Talent Development
Digitas

“Valia gets to the core of an issue with precision and a keen ability to inspire. She delivers content that is real, meaningful and applicable. Valia’s ability to read a room, understand individual and group dynamics, and customize her sessions to address various team dynamics is uncanny. I have not yet worked with anyone else View Full →
"Valia supports, motivates and challenges simultaneously; it is a rare combination that has allowed me to break through barriers and attain a different perspective on any road blocks I was creating for myself both professionally and personally. She is so present as a coach; she is able to draw every conversation and learning back to my overarching goals. We have worked on how to funnel my energies and passion to best motivate and connect with my team. Valia lives and breathes what she teaches. Her passion for what she does partnered with her consistency and experience have and will continue to drive immense value for me."

Kate Vanek, SVP Investor Relations
Nielsen

2016-07-11T02:48:09+00:00

Kate Vanek, SVP Investor Relations
Nielsen

“Valia supports, motivates and challenges simultaneously; it is a rare combination that has allowed me to break through barriers and attain a different perspective on any road blocks I was creating for myself both professionally and personally. She is so present as a coach; she is able to draw every conversation and learning back to View Full →