Valerie is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur, investor and adviser to businesses and startups. Audiences have described her as “dynamic”, “inspiring” and “exceeding expectations” everywhere from Sydney to Fiji, Melbourne to Rio de Janeiro.
She is CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, an organisation she founded 11 years ago. It is now one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses and has trained more than 29,000 students. It has won the Telstra Business Awards, and been named by Dell as one of the 10 Most Innovative Small Businesses in Australia.
Valerie is also author of Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business (Wiley). She is passionate about the concept that you can use the power of storytelling to convert customers, build your profile and grow your market share. An accomplished journalist and business commentator, she wrote a weekly column on entrepreneurship for seven years in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Her blog has been named by SmartCompany as one of “Australia’s Best 20 Business Blogs”.
“I’m in the business of running conferences for sophisticated audiences of both business owners and corporate leaders. Valerie has become a mainstay of our speaker faculty because of her ability to consistently deliver the elusive trifecta; education, entertainment and energy. Whether it’s a punchy 40-minute keynote or an 8-hour immersive workshop, when the stakes are high, Valerie nails it every time.”
– Glen Carlson, MD Key Person of Influence.
“I run events weekly here at General Assembly Melbourne and I know how tough it is to find a suitable moderator to drive meaningful and enlightening discussion. Valerie prepared well, was confident, well presented and was the perfect addition to our Disruptive Journalism event. I’d love to have her back again and again.”
– Emma Forster, General Assembly Melbourne
“You met our brief brilliantly, your content was on trend and where businesses should be going moving forward, and you were such a pleasure to work with so thank you. The great thing about the workshop, and I think that is reflected in the comments, was the practical content that you delivered. You got up there, talked about it and then showed them how to do it.”
– Claire Thomas, ACP Magazines
“An engaging and entertaining speaker I’d highly recommend to any conference organiser.”
– Trina So, organiser of Eat Drink Blog
Valerie’s ability to read the temperature of a crowd makes her the ideal MC. She ensures energy levels are maintained, scheduled events flow smoothly and discussions remain on topic. As a panel moderator, she uses her skills as a journalist to shape discussions that are both relevant and informative. Combine this with her passion for storytelling and social media, and a firm grip on the business world’s pulse, and Valerie is an ideal choice to bring it all together on the day.
“You can be very confident as an event organiser that Valerie will add value to your program and will deliver on your brief. She is highly credible as a business speaker and presenter, and as a facilitator Valerie crafts probing questions and manages interplay with the audience with aplomb. I highly recommend you consider Valerie for your next event.”
– Bill Baggitt, Director, Business Events
“Valerie was simply ‘inspired’ as the moderator for our Meet The Entrepreneur hypothetical-style event. There was a heavy reliance on the moderator function to guide the group dynamic, and explore and delve into each of our panelists’ backgrounds and talents. At the most basic level, she entertained us all, and steered debate into important quarters, while being humorous, informed and obviously very intelligent. A brilliant performance and her preparation shined through!”
– Christopher Witt, Director, Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, UNSW
If you would like to put Valerie in front of a microphone at your next event, please contact Liz: liz [at] writerscentre [dot] com [au]