Valerie Brown holds a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Arts, and is accredited through the International Coaching Federation. She has completed several national level trainings that support her study, practice, and teaching of mindfulness. These include the Center for Courage & Renewal with educator Parker J. Palmer, the Center for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, as well as the Ojai Foundation’s Council 1 Training.
She explores the role of mindfulness in strengthening thriving leaders and building greater understanding and peace within schools in her book, The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin Press 2015), co-authored with Kirsten Olson.
Valerie shares her global vision of a society that is interconnected through mindful awareness and compassionate action in her book on mindfulness, transformation, and travel, The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel (QuakerBridge Media 2012). Her essay on mindfulness and people of color appeared in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Together We Are One. A popular writer in Pendle Hill’s pamphlet series, she has authored these titles on mindfulness: The Mindful Quaker (2007), Living from the Center (2010), and Heartfulness: Renewing Heart, Mind and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond (2013).