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Valerie Vandermeer

Seasoned Social Good Executive / Business Consultant / Launch & Lead Enthusiast

Work experience

19892014

Founding Director

Post Paradigm Consulting

Strategic business development consulting emphasizing marketing, non profit development, project direction, branding, communications, product launch marketing, and human development. Specialize in positioning small businesses in emerging markets and leadership coaching. Experienced across many industries, including medical, publishing, and educational. Accomplishments on behalf of clients include:

  • Wrote business plan, supervised renovation, created marketing plan, and assisted in launching a tourist restaurant and night club in St. Lucia
  • Ghost wrote a successfully published book which contributed to global recognition and personal branding for the author
  • Expanded a career training program, hiring and training staff, and successfully promoting the program through community and industry affiliations
  • Developed curriculum and assisted in the accreditation process for a six month professional training program
  • Designed and taught professional trainings including Marketing Your Small Business, Workplace Wisdom, Inspired Leadership, and Meeting the World with Presence
20022007

Executive Director

Earth Walk
Trained and consulted for organizations and individuals supporting children with special needs. Provided weekend retreats, written materials, parenting workshops, and online and tele-courses.
  • Designed, wrote content for, and promoted website which sustained an average of 1200 visits monthly with an average visit time of more than five minutes
  • Contributed to several books and magazines on awareness and sensitivities in children, resulting in broad, international exposure for the organization
  • Developed curriculum and consulted to educators
  • Presented on "Sacred Intelligence: The Role of Awareness in Gifted Populations" at the Beyond IQ 2003 Annual Conference in Chicago
  • Designed and taught eight month Facilitator Training program
19861989

Executive Director

The Tufts Club / Tufts University

Provided leadership, fiscal management, and administrative direction for start-up 501(C)3, including membership development, strategic planning, marketing and sales, communications, public relations, and effective board and community relations. Manged three professional staff and twenty telemarketers.

  • Created distinct brand identity and promotional campaign which helped eliminate confusion with University and Alumni projects rapidly increasing sales by 69%
  • Initiated member satisfaction program, including negotiating affiliate and vendor relationships to increase member benefits, resulting in an overall 89% membership retention rate
  • Carefully planned, promoted, and executed an aggressive calendar of large (200+) and smaller recurring events gaining a reputation for successful and well attended activities allowing for additional club income, confident financial planning, and increased member satisfaction
  • Forged relationships with critical stakeholders including high profile community partners and board members generating consistently high club usage and a stable financial foundation
  • Invited to guest lecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Education on marketing for non profits based on professional reputation in the Boston business community
19841986

Assistant Director

Boston University Office of Annual Giving

Responsible for $1.4 million direct marketing fundraising program to increase alumni loyalty and charitable donations, including effectively coordinating telemarketing and direct mail efforts for both annual giving and capital campaign. Wrote and edited direct mail copy, created and executed fulfillment programs, and analyzed statistics to devise new strategies. Managed two professional staff and 150 telemarketers.

  • Appointed liaison to information systems department to develop marketing database
  • Conceived and Initiated "personal note" campaign resulting in higher Telefund pledge fulfillment
  • Conceived and implemented "class notes" initiative resulting in higher Annual Fund response rates

Project Administrator (1984)

Responsible for $1.1 million telemarketing program including managing 100+ callers, writing scripts and fulfillment mailings, creating and implementing caller training and incentive programs, supervising generation of list data and producing collateral materials.

  • Completely redesigned caller training program, wrote training manual, trained trainers and supervised successful ongoing implementation resulting in better employee retention and improvement across all statistical benchmarks for program effectiveness
  • Invited by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education to write White Paper on "Motivating Telephone Fundraisers"

Education

1990Present

Additional Professional Education

More than 4,000 hours of professional level study in communication techniques, human behavior and interaction, mind-body healing techniques, body language, teacher training, and leadership skills.

19781981

Marist College

Accepted to innovative three-year interdisciplinary honors program "The Science of Man". Based on critical inquiry in philosophy, systems theory, science, and arts, students are taught to question the nature of man and engage in creative thinking about humanity and how our problems can be solved.

Portfolio

Advisory Board Member

Women's Wellness Center

Wilmington, DE

2002 - 2008

The Birth Center of Delaware

Wilmington, DE

2002 - 2008

Summary

Business leader with two decades of diverse business consulting experience and a strong background in fundraising and non profit management. Successfully launched a non profit, a service organization, and a consulting business. Influential and dynamic speaker and teacher, published writer, sometimes blogger, and can tweet when needed.

Guest Lecturer

Developed and taught numerous workshops on leadership, marketing, body language, meditation, and wellness.

"Sacred Intelligence: The Role of Awareness in Gifted Populations"

Beyond IQ Annual Conference

Chicago, IL, 2003

Keynote "Alternative and Energetic Modalities in Health Care", and "Enhancing Nursing with Body Wisdom"

Maryland Association of College Health Nurses Annual Meeting

University of Delaware

Newark, DE, 1997

"Marketing for Non-Profits"

Harvard University

Graduate School of Education

Cambridge, MA, 1989

Author

"Cultivating Spirituality in Children" published in "Science of Mind" Magazine, June 2006

"Musings from a Minimalist Mystic" bi-monthly column published in "I Am Spirit" online magazine, 2006.

"Beyond the Paradigm: The Skills of Limitless Potential" series published in "Children of the New Earth" online magazine, 2006.

"Motivating Telephone Fundraisers" white paper offered in Currents magazine, published by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 1986.

"Shareholder Resolutions-New Limitations to the Rights of Investors" published in Business World Washington, 1983.

Ghostwriter, "Whole Body Dentistry: Discovering the Missing Piece to Better Health", by Mark Breiner, DDS., Quantum Health Press, LLC, 1999.

Interest

Co-Founder, YouView Media

YouView Media is a youth video project to promote social action. Student videographers covered Desmond Tutu's final US press conference, The World Youth Peace March, and The Dalai Lama's visit to CT. One of their interviews from the World Youth Peace Conference was featured on "Peace Times" and "Black Tie" online magazines. They produce, direct, and edit their own video, and plan to teach other kids how to use video to promote social causes. 

YouViewMedia.org

YouTube playlist for YouView Media

What People Say

"Valerie is a detail-oriented manager who watches the balance sheet like a hawk without losing sight of the strategic objective. She is cooperative, inventive, creative, and works well with people. She gives an excellent presentation, is detailed, efficient, and effective."

-Lynda Moran, Executive Director, The Islip Arts Council

"Valerie gave my business a full branding and marketing concept, that fit my business and my customers. She is magician in finding ways to say it just right, in short copy while getting a strong message across. I wish I could work more with her."

-Arne Rantzen, Entrepreneur

"Valerie is courageous, creative, open-minded, patient, direct, dedicated, brilliant, focused, driven, clever, innovative, a mastermind at solving problems and helping others to solve their own problems. "

- Kimberly Gill, Founder, Sustainable Farm School

"I trust and respect Valerie Vandermeer tremendously. As a participant in her EarthWalk facilitator training I benefited personally from her exemplary ability to lead, teach, and mentor others."

-Catherine Gee, Asst. Dir., People Development, Bell Canada