Valerie Brown is a leadership coach, retreat leader, writer, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in mindfulness and leadership (). She transformed her high-pressure career as a lawyer-lobbyist to human-scale work with individuals and groups to foster trustworthy and authentic connection. Valerie is the co-author of The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School, named one of the ‘best books on courage’ in 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal. Friends Journal, in a recent book review, said, “This important book will become a real aid to school leaders everywhere…” She is writing her third book, on the topic of remaining true to self. Her first book, The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel, endorsed by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
She has practiced mindfulness since 1995 and was ordained by Nhat Hanh in the Tiep Hien Order. Valerie leads retreats and pilgrimages worldwide and integrates mindful Kundalini yoga in her wok and life.