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Valerie Belanger

Valerie Belanger

Connecticut, USA

An internationalist with two decades of experience, Valerie has problem-solved with municipal leaders in Central America, coached education entrepreneurs in the Middle East, invested in the education and training of aspiring business leaders and executives, as well as convened journalists, artists, environmentalists, diplomats, and venture capitalists from across 80+ countries for impact. With a background in international development and comparative politics, Valerie holds a deep appreciation for the power of individuals to shape and impact organizations, communities and systems. From her early years as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, to her more recent culture change work within large global firms, she maintains a deep fascination and appreciation for the complexities around humans in groups and the interpersonal and group dynamics that shape our everyday lived experiences.

Valerie is motivated by the belief that leadership is not dependent on position, but instead born from a mindset; it is an everyday practice to renew with each day, each moment, grounded by personal aspirations and in active collaboration with others. Holding space for wonder and discovery, she aspires to meet clients in the moment with presence and care.

In addition to working with Cultivating Leadership, Valerie is Chief of Staff of the Everyday Leadership Group and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU Stern School of Business. For over a decade, Valerie held leadership roles at Yale University, most recently serving as the Director of Global Leadership Programs and the Director of the Masters in Advanced Management Program at the Yale School of Management (SOM). Valerie also designed and led the programming for the Yale World Fellows, a unique fellowship program designed to support and unleash the potential of extraordinary mid-career professionals from across sectors and countries.

Valerie holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Comparative Politics and a MA from Yale University in Global Affairs. Valerie’s training also includes Holding Space and Interpersonal and Group Dynamics with Yale SOM, adult development theory and applications with the Growth Edge Network, as well as certification from CTI in Co-Active Coaching. Valerie is accredited in the Insights Discovery psychometric tool and a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher.

A lifelong swimmer and nature enthusiast, Valerie is raising her young twins in a multigenerational home on the shoreline of Connecticut, USA.