The Pathway to Effective Educational Leadership Starts with Lead Smart Coaching

Working Smarter, Not Working Harder.

Imagine being fully engaged and present in your life and your work. Imagine leading with intention and with a self-awareness that celebrates your knowledge, your skill, your experience, and your heart. Imagine working with lazer-sharp focus, even amid distractions, without being side-tracked by the events of yesterday or racing ahead to tomorrow. Imagine having authentic and trustworthy personal and professional connections. Imagine your best self: creative, resilient, courageous, and the in-your-bones gratefulness that ignites you and those around you. This is working smarter, not working harder.

Meet Valerie Brown: A Transformational Leadership Coach Grounded in Mindfulness

Step out of the status quo. Redefine the American dream (Think: more fulfillment, less stuff, and more fun). With the right leadership coach, your potential is boundless. Valerie Brown is the right leadership coach for anyone looking to make transformational change in their lives, the lives of others, in their organizations, workplaces, and schools. Trained as a lawyer, Valerie is an ICF-accredited leadership coach, consultant, writer, and facilitator, and works with school leaders, executives and teams to boldly support your values, your heart, your goals, and your life.

“Valerie is a grounded, fluid spirit whose stillness had an impact on me.”
— Lloyd Raines, Faculty, Institute for Transformational Leadership, Georgetown University

Get Started Today: Contact Valerie Brown to Discuss Your Goals

  • Take your leadership skills to the next level with ongoing, confidential leadership coaching
  • Strengthen your ability to lead even during transition in your work and your life
  • Improve communication and create a school culture of cooperation and collaboration
  • Build a leadership style that creates trust, clear vision, and guides performance

Contact Valerie TODAY to talk about your goals, your career transition, and your leadership.

“Valerie has an incredible openness, flexibility, great insight, strong capacity to listen and respond, commitment to moving the process forward, and a goal-orientation but willing to adapt the process to shifting circumstances.”
— Antonia Rudentstine, Ed.D, Director reDesign

Named one of the best courageous books of 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal, this book is for educational leaders who feel overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted, and offers explicit practices to help readers avoid burnout and become the mindful, poised, effective leaders they were meant to be. Loaded with real-time encouragement with portraits of educational leaders who are incorporating mindfulness practices, like attentive breathing, mindful walking about the school building, or calming pauses in the office throughout the school day, this book is a must-have guide.

Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson. Corwin, December 2014. 344 pages.

The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel.

Not your average travel guidebook, this book explores some of the world’s great pilgrimages, destinations, and the author’s reflections on the lessons she learned from them. Read this book to discover how travel can be transformational, how to be more mindful while traveling and every day, the adventures of traveling alone, the delights of encountering new people and places, ancient pilgrimage journeys and sacred travel worldwide.

Valerie Brown. QuakerBridge Media, 2012, 152 pages. Also available from QuakerBooks.

Heartfulness: Renewing Heart, Mind, and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond Valerie

Valerie Brown guides readers toward renewal of mind, heart, and spirit by encouraging them to take time away from the busyness of their lives through retreat. Drawing on her experience as a retreatant and retreat leader, she introduces readers to opportunities for personal restoration within a variety of focused retreats. She wonders how Friends experience of expectant waiting influences the retreat process and how retreats influence expectant waiting. She encourages the “big questions”—What has meaning and purpose in my life? What am I avoiding? What brings me most alive?—and offers specific practices for retreatants to cultivate in everyday life.

Valerie Brown. Pendle Hill Pamphlet #421.

Quakers are advised to begin worship by “centering down.” This is the first step in a Friend’s intention to wait in “holy expectancy,” to be drawn by the Light into communion with God. Centering prayer is also a practice used by Christian mystics to prepare for contemplation, and “centering” describes the meditation of a Buddhist in pursuit of that deep awareness called “mindfulness.” Valerie Brown is an explorer and teacher of centering practices, a Buddhist, and an active Friend. Drawing upon her own experiences and wide studies, she describes for Friends how these various traditions can offer us a better understanding and preparedness for our precious, elusive, mysterious, and simple practice of centering into worship. Discussion questions included.

Valerie Brown, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #407. 2014.