Partners and Testimonials
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“Valeria is one of the best workshops facilitators I’ve ever worked with. She invents motivating, intelligent challenges full of sense, she delivers face to face or online with the same energy and kindness.”
“Working with Valeria is so pleasant. She is very profesional, passionated and full of energy and creativity! And most important: she is able to easily transmit all of it to the audience 👏👏👏. I am looking forward to working with you again..”
“Having Valeria as our mentor for the Zero Ashok Impact Replication project was both fun and useful. Being a social entrepreneur herself she is clear on how to shape your business model…She ably fine tunes your ideas to give them shape. Her ability to both add to ,and actually perk up your communication, is worth mentioning…Valeria takes her role seriously, keen to follow up ,participate in discussions, and most importantly makes work fun….. I like her work and working with her!“
“The is no doubt that Valeria is one of the most remarkable members of Catalyst 2030! Her proactivity, positive leadership and incredible capacity to build teams and facilitate them to achieve their goals, just makes her a role model for this global network of social entrepreneurs! It is a real pleasure to work with Valeria, her ability to connect with people, make them feel included and heard and get the best of each one of them is just inspiring. Her level of commitment is outstanding, and she has the great capacity to be involved in multiple initiatives of the network and succesfully help them achieve their objectives. Looking forward to keep working closely with Valeria! We are really lucky to have her as a Catalyst 2030 member, her contribution to this network has been impressive! “
“During the time I worked with Valeria, she has approached my early stage start up with enthusiasm and encouragement. As with most micro business start up’s encouragement is a key factor in moving ahead especially in the planning stages. Valeria helped me set goals and made me accountable for them . I have frequently appreciated her because she keeps me accountable to my goals, challenging me when I didn’t meet them or helping me when I needed external insight to meet them. My business, Saisha Ayurveda is a skin care retail business that has a lot of clogs in the machine from supply chain management and regulations to marketing ,branding and packaging. Valeria has been a particularly good sounding board for me in terms of the marketing and branding and has helped me stay on track and avoiding any major bottlenecks. Valeria’s role to ensure ‘I am accountable’ for my actions and to challenge my thought process has moved my business from formulations to market ready products in a much quicker span of time than expected. The thought process she has trained me in has helped me manage my time to focus on achieveing my highly valuable goals. I now have the ability to create a clear direction and to be in control of my time to ensure Saisha Ayurveda’s success. Having improved my focus and direction, I am now enjoying the journey so much more. Thank you Valeria!“
“I had an opportunity to work with Valeria when our program was selected by Zero Project for the impact transfer. The project lasted for 6 months. She was our mentor. She was so committed. We had fortnightly meetings to check on the progress. Her inputs on the business model, impact model, and transfer model were very good and worth mentioning. Finally, she helped improved our project presentation and the process that brought out the strength of the program and simplified the impact transfer process. We felt comfortable and enjoyed working with her on this project. We hope others benefit from her skills too.“
“As part of the great privilege, we at Access Israel had this year, to be chosen as one of the ten selected projects by Ashoka’s Impact Transfer program, with our Mystery costumer project and to be one of the projects selected by Project Zero as an innovating leading project for replication, I received a huge gift that is Valeria.
From day one, Valeria, who was assigned to me as a mentor throughout the program, understood our project perfectly, asked questions that made me think and raised new ideas all the time that already improve the existing product, and all along saw the great potential and how it should be presented and replicated.
Our sessions were very professionals in a very pleasant, instructive, goal-oriented atmosphere and always with a smile! There is a big difference in managing such a complex process, and even more when it is remotely through zoom, when done with a person who on the one hand is professional and very busy but on the other hand, so pleasant, without a drop of condescension and always give the feeling that our time is equally important.
As it was my first opportunity to experience a program that incorporates diverse worlds of business development, thanks to Valeria, who helped me to finetune the impact strategy, replication and marketing strategy of our service I now feel I know how to look at the service we offer from other angles, how to ask the questions that will promote it and keep it relevant to the worlds we want to enter as well as an understanding of investor-entrepreneur relationship. We also worked on storytelling and pitch preparation for the Zero Conference in Vienna that helped me a lot to at the end perform in front of all these people.
I’m 100% sure my experience wouldn’t have been the same without Valeria!
Thank you so much again for all the support and help.
“Valeria is an energizer and an inspiring social entrepreneur. Valeria’s fascinating journey has led her to deal with challenging societal problems at a local and global level such as over-tourism, and as a brilliant entrepreneur she builds and creates projects and solutions, takes different strategies –policy changing, grassroot works with the people and flips every stone to promote a solution. I participated with Valeria in the Ashoka Mediterranean Visionary Program. Throughout the program, Valeria connected with people, led the teamwork, made sure to build organized programs, and connected very different and diverse people to common challenges. Today we are collaborating on a new project, a movement striving for co-existence between people around the Mediterranean and Europe regions. Valeria continues to promote the connection between the people and is constantly looking for more places to impact. She is undoubtedly one of the most exciting entrepreneurs and managers I have ever met.“
“Valeria is an attentive listener and an active group member. She immediately engages with helpful questions and takes responsibility for the outcomes of group activities. If you are to attend a workshop or any kind of training you wish for team members like her. In her role as a consultant, Valeria balances very well the need to go ahead and focus on the content as well as on the personal situation of her client. Especially, when external circumstances are challenging, she is open to change plans and puts herself in the shoes of her client. This is very helpful for me since circumstances and hence the project had to be adapted and changed. Valeria always refers back to the core mission and purpose and she makes one realise where to focus. Additionally, she is very supportive with creative ideas and thinking from different perspectives. She draws from her wide experiences as Social Entrepreneur as well as Marketing expert. I always leave our sessions with good intentions and a set of priorities and a big smile:) “
“I worked with Valeria as she was my supervisor when I took part in Tourism Allies’ Global Talent Impact Program in the summer of 2022. She is highly organised and helped me carefully through every step of the internship programme while still allowing me independence to grow and learn.
During one of our first meetings we laid out goals and expectations which I thought was incredibly helpful because it enabled me to understand what the expectations were of me and how the organisation could help me achieve my goals also. I was able to be challenged but also supported, for example she was able to check in with me to see if felt comfortable with the tasks set whilst also allowing me creative freedom. The environment that was created was very safe and collaborative. I was able to learn new skills from her like teambuilding, how to hold meetings correctly and record minutes and agendas. These key skills I learnt I will take on in the future and thus I am very grateful to have this level of tailored mentorship.
Being more confident in my designing was one of the tasks that I had set myself going into this project from the very beginning and I’m so proud that I’ve managed to achieve this with Valeria’s help. Moreover, I hope to use my experience and growth in confidence with Tourism Allies to go forward and create a successful design and illustration career. I would enjoy working on a project like this again and it has definitely given me an insight into the world of sustainability and how I can contribute with my design work.
In regard to my future, I plan to stay engaged with the organisation after my internship ends. I’m so grateful that I am able to continue the relationship with the organisation because I love what they stand for and love working with the team. I can tell that the organisation really values the people that they work with and I really appreciate that. Finally, I really value contributing to something bigger than myself and the goals of the organisation and Valeria is something that is truly admirable.“
“ Valeria is a brilliant communicator and a creative mind. She is always ready to support your work and to look for solutions…she is unrestless! In particular, she supported my organization in structuring the yearly international event Making the Change Happens, bringing many insights on how to raise the effectiveness of communications, how to increase the positive impact for the community of Ascoli Piceno and certainly her sharp contributions raised the level of attention of the attendees and of our international network. “
“Valeria is an inspiring person with a lot of positive energy. We attended together the Ashoka Visionary Programme in Athens and she had a very active role within the group, always ready to propose new ideas and assist others. In the focus groups that we worked together, I noticed her analytical thinking and her innovative spirit. She provided new perspectives and solutions that would be considered out of the box. Her communicative skills and her continuous energy motivated the whole group! “
“Valeria is a visionary leader and an inspiring mentor. I feel so lucky for the opportunity I had to learn from her and to support the mission of Venezia Autentica. Through my internship I was given incredible learning and growth opportunities, individualized mentorship, and opportunities to go above and beyond. I was challenged but also felt seen and supported, and felt like I could truly be myself at work. In one summer, we were able to accomplish so much more than we had originally outlined in the job description thanks to Valeria’s leadership and mentorship. She held me accountable, provided useful feedback, and pushed me to the best of my capabilities. Being able to learn from a creative and interdisciplinary entrepreneur like Valeria has inspired my own plans to pursue a career in sustainability and social innovation. “
“Valeria is always ready to get involved into your project. She works on it as if it were her own. She has strong values in social awareness, helping other and a great work ethic. I have seen her build communities around social and cultural subject, she is really a great asset for your projects. Valeria has been a great asset during the creation of my film production company Film Searchers. Her help in communication and digital marketing lead me to save a lot of time in content creation for my website. Her business acumen and customer-first approach were crucial in identifying and defining my strategy and niche. I definitely recommend working with Valeria on your venture. She is always encouraging, ready to get involved and eager to give you relevant business advices. “
Thank you for these 2 days of workshops that really helped me progress. I have been able to learn new mechanisms that will help me in my future life and projects.
Thanks for these 2 days, it was a really interesting and relevant module. It will really help us with our project. You are a great teacher who knows how to capture and maintain our attention and make learning interesting and fun through projects and exchanges between peers. I have learnt a lot.
Really interesting. Allows understanding how to really approach a problem rather than focusing on its symptoms. Of all that we have done [during this bachelor], according to me, these 2 days have been the most insightful on how to handle a social problem. Really pleasant and human facilitator. 2 really good days!
Do not change, you know how to keep the attention and it is very important!
Loved to work on real problems that exist and on problematics of today and tomorrow!
Very relevant! Clear explanations of several methods. As you are an entrepreneur and social innovator yourself, we were able to understand your methodology and will be able to use these techniques and tips in our future projects
The methodologies were really useful. Thank you!
The group exercises were very interesting!
Thanks a lot! I am now able to solve problems taking into account what is around them!
This was very interesting! It really helped me change my vision of social innovation and allowed me to better understand how a real project is being built!
It made us challenge ourselves and our thinking! Great!
I enjoyed thinking outside the box and being creative!
Very interesting! Really liked it!
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WHAT KINDS OF SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
Asides from working on my own projects, I dedicate some of my time to supporting others to make an impact and live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
One of the ways I do so is by sharing my personal and professional learning and insights.
Coaching, workshop facilitation and public speaking are some of my favourite ways to empower others but I'm highly adaptable, creative and love innovation.
Do feel free to drop me a line if you have something in mind that you'd like to explore together!
CAN I HIRE YOU FOR A WORKSHOP AT MY SCHOOL? At MY COMPANY?
Of course. I love to design and facilitate programs that help you and your audience meet your objectives.
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CAN I BOOK YOU TO SPEAK AT MY EVENT?
Yes, please. I love to share my experience and learning.
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ARE YOUR PROGRAMS STANDARDISED OR CUSTOM CRAFTED?
The content of my coaching programs is completely personalized to your need. The format can be either set or custom-crafted.
My workshops content and formats are created based on or adapted to your objectives and that of your audience.
On my testimonials page you can read feedback from coachees, mentees and students.
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I can, yes. If the project is the right fit.
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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACHING AND CONSULTING?
Coaching: When I coach you, I am here to enable you to solve problems or change things for the better
Consulting: When I am your consultant, I come as the "expert" who will solve your problem(s) for you
How does coaching work?
Depending on your needs, established during our first call, we will set up objectives and a frequency of video calls and potential other touchpoints to which we will commit and towards which we will work to bring you closer to your objectives.
You can see 3 ways we could work together here.
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CAN YOU HELP EXECUTE?
Yes, I can - if the help you need is part of the skills I excel at and something I feel like investing time on.
Otherwise I will be happy to recommend someone from my network when possible.
Please note that execution comes at an extra cost to all coaching and consulting programs.
During coaching, will we focus only on work matters or also explore personaL QUESTIONS?
This depends on you, your needs, objectives, focus, my ability to help and on how much time we will spend together.
You can find my coaching programs here.
I am not a therapist, mental health professional or social worker and my support in the personal realm will be limited to being a thought partner and helping you challenge some thought processes and habits.
Personally, I do not believe in the separation between the personal and professional selves. I believe we are one person that evolves in several environments.
As you know, taking care of the personal self has a huge impact on professional performance. Similarly, leading a fulfilling and balanced professional life is key to your overall wellbeing.
Depending on your objectives, focus and how much time we will spend together, we will explore more or less complexity and touch on the leverages that will most advance you to get to your goals.
where are you the most helpful?
To get a sense of how it is to work with me, I invite you to visit my "testimonials" page.
I am a great thought partner to help you imagine innovative solutions to your problems and devise your business, impact, marketing and communication strategies and models at all stages of your journey. My focus is data-driven and user-centric.
I can also help you to concretely understand how to implement strategies by bringing a transversal mind and a diverse set of talents and experiences to your projects.
My experience leveraging digital tech and media, community and ecosystem building, marketing and communication, stakeholder engagement and the principles and practice of social innovation and entrepreneurship, collaborative and distributed management, systems thinking and lean and agile methodologies are precious allies to help deliver on your targets.
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