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At Valerie & Company, our mission is to help individuals and companies achieve greater success. With time-tested and proven presentations we provide the skills they need to increase productivity. Here is feedback from some of our clients. We are happy to provide additional referrals upon request.

Women in Business

“Thank you so much for inviting me to Valerie’s presentation today. I think she touched on all the important issues and did so very tactfully. There will always be confusion about where the boundaries are, especially when new people join the organization, and this was very helpful.”

“Thank you for the luncheon today. It was very informative. Ms. Sokolosky was a great choice for the Speaker. She offered some very good advice. Her comment that you should dress for where you want to be will always stick with me.”

“Thank you so much for organizing the presentation today. I found it very helpful and enjoyable. The feedback I am getting from the ladies in my department is very positive as well. I found Valerie’s suggestion of going into one’s closet and assessing the pieces that work and those that do not the most helpful and I plan to do just that over the holidays.”

“The presentation was great today. I think that the whole room enjoyed it, there was great conversation and details to the way we dress that will make putting together an outfit much easier. The three things I really took from it were: do the opposite of yourself, expected & respected, and the underlying importance of first impressions...Sometimes it’s hard to hear that the way you dress isn’t what is appropriate but I think that when everyone comes together it’s a little easier to address.”

“After today’s meeting, I have decided to wear a little make-up (maybe eyeliner and lipstick for now). Also, my clients in New York required us to dress business formal, so I have plenty of suits in my closet. I wear these suits on days that I wake up late because I do not have to iron them…After today’s meeting, I now understand that people expect consistency. I will try my best to stay consistent with the way I dress.”

More Testimonials

For the past several years Valerie & Company has acted as external consultants to our company and they have been an invaluable resource as it has transitioned from a small start-up operation to a viable company experiencing tremendous growth. Doug's pragmatic, straight forward style has been effective in help us resolve organizational and conflict situations in field offices, as well as coaching certain key executives on modifying personal management styles, which were impeding their effectiveness as leaders.

I regard Doug and Valerie as valuable resources as they guide us in assessing situations and look at options. They have made a very positive contribution to OpTel'' evolution over the last several years.

President and CEO
OpTel

Looking back on the team building sessions, I feel its success was a direct result of the excellence, as well as the variety, of the program. Here's kudos to both of you for all you did to add value to me and my team through our transitions.

Vice President and CFO
VERIZON

As I document significant accomplishments for the year, the executive development I attended and sessions with my team have made fundamental changes in the way I conduct myself and how I interact with the team. You exceeded my expectations!

Director-Central Office Engineering
VERIZON

Valerie's hard work and attention to detail was evident throughout our sessions, and I am especially appreciative of the personal effort she put forth into ensuring each session was truly memorable.

Manager, Sales Training and Development
BRITISH AIRWAYS

When you expect excellence and you get fantastic, it is memorable. Your program was a gigantic success and is the most talked about event we've had in a long time. It gave our managers the confidence and skills to function in any environment.

Vice President Sales and Marketing
HOECHST-ROUSSEL PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Corporate protocol is indeed a mastered skill that is extremely important in the corporate arena. Valerie's overview on protocol and image was enlightening and informative. Her presentation was superb and directly on-target.

CFO
NORTHERN TRUST BANKS

Our employees are still talking about your outstanding presentation to our senior management team. All the information you presented was considered very valuable and useful in the work environment. Your warm personality and sensitivity to others is a major plus.

Manager, Training and Development
VALERO

Our team found your sessions both worthwhile and fun! You gave us an excellent opportunity to sample many areas of your expertise and plan to integrate the appropriate modules into our training efforts.

Executive Vice President-Employee Relations
BNSF

What a wonderful session you conducted with my staff. The day was packed with valuable information and it made a remarkable, positive change with each person. The participants began implementing changes important to them that very day. You have an exciting program with universal benefits for everyone.

Regional Administration
HEWLETT PACKARD CORPORATION

What an exciting program! It was exactly what the sales people needed. The information you gave was well received and I know will be put to immediate use.

Training Program Manager
CADBURY SCHWEPPES

I want to personally thank you for your excellent presentation. I'm hoping you can build upon this program and give a series of presentation at future meetings. Thanks for all the pre-work you did to prepare for this meaningful program.

Area Administrator
SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.

Thank you for presenting your series of programs for our company. We all benefited from the first series and after completion of the others, we actually saw an increase in sales throughout the region. Based on response, it looks like further programs will continue in other areas of the country. I appreciate you customizing your seminars to the JC Penney corporate cultures.

Women's Publicity and Special Events
JC PENNEY COMPANY

Your presentation was wonderful and informative. We all took away several new thoughts and ideas about our team and how to better perform in our individual and group roles. I look forward to improved results over the next year.

Vice President-General Manager
NEIMAN MARCUS

*****The positive feedback from our 640 employees who went through your training has been overwhelming! In my 25 years with Southwestern Bell, I have never witnessed such a positive response from both our management and employees. Your enthusiasm and ability to help all of us will definitely have a long lasting effect on the organization.

Senior Vice President-Operations
AT&T

I've seen the results from this program in my own business, and the teachings from this seminar have given me confidence to attend the highest of business and government functions with confidence. I've also noticed what the competition looks like when they have not been able to have similar seminars.

CEO and President
DAVIS EQUITY REALTY

 
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