I AM A … FORBES COACHING COUNCIL MEMBER!
Forbes approached me to join the exclusive Forbes Coaches Council. Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only organization for successful business and career coaches. Forbes Coaches Council members are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com. After a vetting process, application, and a vote, I was offered and accepted to join this exclusive membership. Though they share a unifying mission of helping others, Forbes Coaches Council members all take unique routes to this goal. Some work at large global companies while others have founded their own practices. As experts in career change, leadership development, business strategy, marketing, finance and more, many members are bestselling authors, speakers and consultants.
The honor is reserved for small business owners who exemplify a model in which their clients can gain personal and professional confidence. With networking opportunities, strategic business tools and the opportunity to have our articles published to one of the biggest online communities the internet has ever seen.
Scott Gerber, the founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome Valerie Martinelli into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”
TIME TO GET A LITTLE PERSONAL…
I began my career in personal development and gender diversity with the Center for Economic & Policy Development, Inc. in March 2015, a national non-profit, as a Director. It was during my tenure I founded and began Innovate 50/50, a mentorship and gender equality advocacy initiative. It was through analyzing the ways in which our national economic, business, political, and social issues impact women that I particularly understood the necessity for mentorship and how it can benefit women and society.
There is also a unique business need to develop gender diversity plans for organizational and economic success. I enjoy working with women who would like to advance their skills in order to take advantage of their personal and economic power. I am also a writer and have published numerous blogs and articles concerning the public sector, business, and gender diversity issues for Careers in Government and Post University’s Master of Public Administration newsletters. I am also a member of Post University’s MPA Mentorship program in which I mentor MPA students in their capstone courses to reach their goal of degree completion and success. It is my mission to be your partner in achieving personal and professional success.
SO YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING … WHAT DO I DO?
As a consultant, I propose, develop, and manage personal development, gender diversity, and inclusion plans plans for organizations that are interested in a productive and inclusive workforce, attracting top new talent, and ultimately, organizational success. The proposed plans and goals facilitate organizations to provide coaching programs for their female employees that will allow for them to receive critical feedback and engage through critical relationships such as interpersonal relationships, communication, leadership skills, change management, and technical abilities. In addition, female employees can gain from their coaches’ expertise, develop a clearer focus on what needs to grow professionally within the organization, and learn specific knowledge and skills that are relevant to professional and personal goals. It also simplifies networking with influential individuals, allows them to adapt more quickly to organizational culture by gaining knowledge about unspoken rules that can be critical to success. Lastly, personal development gives women an edge in their career. Organizations that are strongly interested in strategies and techniques for a gender-diverse workforce benefit from a proposal tailored to their industry and requirements to be successful.
I work 1:1 with women and men, which includes college students and graduates, job seekers, those in need of a career boost, whom wish to enhance a skill, or those who need to prepare (or a boost) for a leadership role. 1:1 services are offered on a one-time basis, on a monthly basis, or it can be purchased at a discounted rate for one year. I also offer a discount for students and new graduates.
Diversity and inclusion plans within the workplace can improve an organization’s financial performance. Studies have found that gender-diverse business units that are highly engaged have an increased level of financial performance than those dominated by a singular gender. In addition, diversity within the workforce decreases the rates of turnover because inclusive cultures improve morale, opportunity, and equality; improves the reputation of a business because how your organization is represented and perceived is more important than ever. High percentages of people seek careers with businesses who demonstrate strong records of equality and diversity. Increased levels of diversity breed higher levels of satisfaction which in turn also increases the level of engagement of employees. In addition, it also acts as a true representation of your diverse client base and widens your talent pool.