Valerie Alexander

Expert On Happiness & Inclusion, Author Of Happiness As A Second Language & TED Speaker

How to hire Valerie Alexander

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Valerie's official speaking topics are listed below: 

  • Outsmarting unconscious bias - the brain science behind unconscious bias, who has bias and how it develops and manifests itself, behaviour that signals to someone that they are 'the other', 'Stereotyping Syndrome' and its costs to retention and productivity, substantial changes an individual can make to outsmart their own unconscious bias, how to amplify the voices of people whose contributions aren't being heard or acknowledged, policy changes the company can make to reduce bias in hiring and promotion, embracing complexity, welcoming feedback and actively listening and focussing on outcomes not intentions as the optimal way to move forward. 

  • Advancement of women in the workplace - the evolutionary biology and history of traditionally male and female roles and behaviour, the most highly valued traits in the workplace and why, the metrics companies need to re-think to both reward the contributions of women and achieve greater outcomes for the company, slight adaptations women can make to their decision-making and presentation styles to be far more highly rewarded without giving up any of the value they bring as women and specific mentorship and sponsorship needed by top female professionals. 

  • Happiness as a strategic business advantage - The high costs of workforce unhappiness, the long-ranging workplace happiness studies and the one factor they all conclude makes people love their jobs, how to identify and correct for 'accidental managers', moving the goal line without destabilising or demotivating anyone, the disconnect between what leaders think motivates employees and what actually motivates them to give their best and love their jobs, autonomy, incentives and acknowledgement as a source of engagement, how and when to address toxic behaviour in your workforce and how not to rob yourself of a daily sense of accomplishment. 

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion -  how we determine and wield our identities, who has to prove certain aspects of their identity and the costs to the company, why some people must be perfect just to belong and be given equal opportunities, who fails up and who fails out, climbing Mount Everest- privileges and advantages- how to recognise our own and ensure we aren't losing great people simply because they started from farther down the mountain and The Pygmalion Effect- the relationship between a leaders expectation and the associate's performance. 

Valerie is often booked as a speaker for corporate events, read her latest feedback below. 

"CFA Montreal recently invited Valerie to speak about unconscious bias in the workplace. Valerie is an excellent presenter - she delivered a powerful, eye-opening, thought-provoking virtual presentation to our members, translating science into day-to-day examples and providing practical, valuable guidance on how to effectively outsmart unconscious biases. She kept everyone engaged through polls, animations and visuals, and the audience loved her energy and passion. Valerie is a pleasure to work with. Extremely professional, gracious and accommodating, she took the time to understand our organization’s needs. I highly recommend Valerie!" - Ioana, Investments at University of Montreal Pension Plan 

"Diversity and inclusion are topics that are very close to my heart. We recently invited Valerie to speak to my leadership team about the same topic. Valerie took us through a journey and it was a humbling experience when we realized how unconscious bias sets in and how much more we have to do! We covered topics that can be uncomfortable but Valerie's mastery in helping our teams guide through those moments was amazing! She is an amazing presenter, used remote conferencing tools to perfection and kept our whole management team engaged throughout the session" - Sharath, CEO, Vindicia 

"Simply sensational! Valerie delivered a very inspiring, thought-provoking conversation to our 700 participants on elevating their professional effectiveness (as women). This was by far the most engaged our audience has been in a virtual program all year!" - Jessica, Executive Vice President of Sales, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty 

"Valerie is a terrific presenter. She gave an inspiring virtual talk to my group of attorneys that helped me change my outlook to a more positive one instantly. She made full use of the tools available on zoom, shared screen, PowerPoint, polls of the members, etc. She uses mnemonic devices and clever lists to help you remember what she says. It was a complete presentation on happiness for lawyers. She's definitely one of the top speakers we've had, and we've had quite a few. In a word, she's memorable." - Martin, Los Angeles Business and Real Estate Attorney 

"We recently had Valerie as the main speaker for our F5 Women’s EIG (Equality Inclusion Group) virtual events. This was one of our first virtual events, and working with Valerie made it so much easier. Not only was she great to work with, but she was also very well received by our employees globally. Her enthusiasm and energy came across even though it was all virtual! Valerie took the time to understand our company and make her presentation personable to F5 to help encourage us to think differently. The feedback from the audience was amazing! I would highly recommend Valerie for any virtual or face to face events and I look forward to working with her again in the future" - Aine, Senior Regional Marketing Manager EMEA, NGINX

"Valerie was supposed to present to us in person in March 2020 -- then we had to pivot once the pandemic hit us. Valerie didn't miss a beat-- she was gracious, flexible, and adapted her keynote to 100 of our leaders virtually-- as a master in the Zoom setting I must say. Her specific examples were spot on and she delivered a message with confidence, without shame and blame, and in an approachable and actionable way to our organization. I highly recommend Valerie and her visualization exercise alone is so worth getting her to speak to your audience" - Sheila, Executive Vice President, People-Culture-Inclusion