Speaker and Interview Guest

I have done a lot of public speaking and teaching, usually related to career and self-employment issues, work-life harmony, introverts, and HSPs. I’m available for panels, media and podcast interviews, and would consider some kinds of presentations for your audience.

You can contact me to inquire. You might also view my own events and courses.


These are some of my favorite topics for speaking and being interviewed:

  • Career Sanity for Introverts and Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)
  • How to Find the Best Use of You
  • The Elusive Work-Life Balance  (related article)
  • Marketing for Introverts can be easy.
  • Sustainable Self-employment: Your Road Map to Align Heart, Money, and Ease (related article)
  • The Self-Employment Leap (related blog post)

When I speak, all interactive portions are supportive of introvert sensibilities.

We were so pleased to have Val as our first speaker for our new Holistic Chamber of Commerce chapter in Western Massachusetts. Val’s topic and reputation drew a sizable crowd (including news coverage). The best part about having Val as a speaker, aside from the fantastic information she shares, is her welcoming presence. Even though she’s a “former wallflower” Val really holds a room. Thank you!”

~Gretchen Duhaime, Massachusetts Chapter President, Holistic Chamber of Commerce

Speaking Experience

You can see my recent public speaking list below for concrete examples of my experience. Also, I have training in teaching and adult education and I spent many years teaching both youth and adult audiences. I understand what it takes to get an audience engaged and learning. Speaking and facilitating learning is in my natural flow zone, despite being a former wallflower who never wanted to speak in front of a room. It’s funny how far I’ve come.

I tend to get good feedback wherever I speak, so I think I have a natural ability to read my audience, engage with them in meaningful ways, and ensure they leave with meaningful insights.

Past Public Speaking

  • International Coaches Federation – New England Chapter (ICFNE), Dec. 2018
  • Harvard Business School, “Dynamic Women in Business Conference,” Feb. 21, 2015
  • Women Business Owners Alliance, Holyoke MA, 2014, 2013, 2018.
  • The Quiet Collective Conference for Introverted Women Entrepreneurs, March 2018
  • Mount Holyoke College Alumni Association, Dec. 2016
  • Holistic Chamber of Commerce of W. Mass, Hadley, MA, April 2014
  • Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Western Mass Coaching Alliance, Northampton, MA, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2018.
  • Bay Path College, Springfield MA, Oct. 2012
  • Teleseminar: An Ex-Wallflower’s Networking Secrets in a Nutshell September 2012.
  • Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 2012
  • Univ. of Connecticut School of Social Work, 2012
  • Keynote at 18th Annual Women Business Owners Conference (Mass. Small Business Development Center), 2011
  • UMass Amherst Alumni Association, 2011
  • Women’s Business Owners Alliance (WBOA) in association with Bay Path College Kaleidoscope Series, Sept. 2011
  • Western Mass Business Expo, 2011
  • Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC)
  • Western Mass Podcamp (Social Media Conference), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • Hidden-Tech, Northampton MA
  • Women & Spirit in Business Café

See also: past media coverage and podcast interviews.

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