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Valerie Brown

New Hope, PA, United States

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Valerie Brown is an international retreat leader, writer, ICF-accredited leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness in daily life ( After stops, starts, and stumbles, she transformed her high-pressure, 21-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy and authentic connections.

She holds a Juris Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors of Arts degrees. Her extensive training includes the Center for Courage & Renewal, the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University, the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the Ojai Foundation, the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, Chestnut Hill College (PA) in Holistic Spirituality, and The Leadership Circle Profile™.

Valerie’s books include, The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel (QuakerBridge Media, 2012) and The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin, 2014), named one of the ‘best books on courage’ in 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal. She has studied and practiced mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition since 1995 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003. Valerie is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and is a popular teacher and writer at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center. As a certified Kundalini yoga teacher, Valerie invites the wisdom of the body into her work with leaders and groups.

Valerie travels nationally and internationally, leading retreats, speaking, and writing on mindfulness and leadership, and she is passionate about fostering courageous conversations that nurture trustworthy relationships. She lives in the funky artist village of New Hope, PA, midway between Manhattan and Philadelphia.

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Specialty Areas: Aging with Wisdom, Business, Citizen Circles, Clergy & Faith, Community - Wellness, Coaching, Consulting, Creativity, Diversity, Education, Leadership, Mentorship, Mindfulness, Nonprofit

Upcoming Retreats

‘How the Light Gets In’: Invoking Winter’s Beauty for Wholeness and Healing, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat

2018 Academy for Leaders in PA

A Mindful Society Conference 2018

Journey Toward Wholeness at Ghost Ranch

Leading Together: Strengthening Relational Trust in the Adult School Community at the Mindfulness in Education Network Annual Conference

Leap of Faith: Creating the Life You Want and the Work You Love, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat

The Soul Never Forgets: Leading from Your Deepest Values, Finding Sanctuary, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat

Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain, the North Coast Route (A Kinder Camino) – WAIT LISTED