Valerie earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, prior to which she attended New College of Florida. She has participated in four years of training and mentorship in non-profit management from The Management Center of Washington, DC and has completed related courses with Interaction Associates of San Francisco, UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School, the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County, and UC Santa Cruz Extension. In her work at MAPS, a nonprofit pharmaceutical company, she has been fortunate to have gained six years of management experience and on-the-job training. In this position she also has had the opportunity to facilitate trainings internationally and to oversee all human resources functions. She is currently a master’s level student of Organizational Development at Antioch University in Seattle. This blog is an archive of her studies and lessons in management, leadership, and organizational development.