Meet Valerie


"Every experience I have ever had is an invitation to grow.  What I've learned along the way is that change is a constant and truly a gift. And bottom line, attitude, intention and effort are the keys to success." Valerie Hartman

Yes, Valerie is a transformational coach. And she is so much more.

She's an Ivy-League educated attorney with 20+ years of experience on the global stage.  She led the legal and government affairs team for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in Latin America, was a partner in an innovative cloud-based/virtual law firm and was an associate with one of New York's most prestigious firms.   She played varsity tennis in college (Dartmouth) and represented the U.S. as she competed internationally on the junior tennis circuit.  She's been at the heartbeat of significant political and philanthropic efforts locally (New York/Atlanta) and across the country. 

Valerie leverages all of this as well as the highly respected iPEC Certification and her extensive personal and professional network to accelerate your success.

On a more personal note, Valerie is a native New Yorker, newly transplanted from Atlanta and living in Boston, and the proud Mom of three thriving children (her greatest teachers).  She's a passionate supporter of the arts, education, sports and women's leadership, having served on multiple civic boards and advisory councils as well as worked on multiple political campaigns and causes both locally and nationally.  She has a strong commitment to growing opportunities for young people (especially girls) in sports.  To that end, Valerie is a member of the Friends of East Lake First Tee Advisory Council, having served for 10 years as a founding member of the Friends of East Lake First Tee Board.  She also helped form the original group that successfully negotiated and won the bid for a WNBA franchise team for Atlanta (The Dream).

Today, Valerie continues to be a passionate sports enthusiast, both playing and watching-with a particular love for golf, tennis, squash, running and hiking.


Northwestern Mutual believes in the value of coaching. Throughout my 25 year career, I’ve worked with coaches and trainers, and Valerie ranks among the top. Uniquely qualified, she draws on her experience as an internationally competitive tennis player, an Ivy-League educated attorney, an international businesswoman, and iPEC-certified Coach in her efforts to help her clients step into their greatness. She understands how to cultivate grit, discipline and endurance as means to fueling success. And her values-centered approach, aligning values/passions/talents, allows her clients to authentically discover hidden potential and conquer unknown barriers in order to achieve and sustain quantifiable success in the workplace and beyond. With Valerie’s guidance, I’ve learned that energy is everything and how I harness, budget and allocate my energy is key to my overall success. Working with Valerie has not only made me a more effective leader but a better human being.
— John Wright, Managing Partner of Goodwin Wright-Atlanta offices of Northwestern Mutual
I started working with Valerie, because I wanted to gain more clarity on where I was heading, personally and professionally. While there was nothing obviously broken, I felt there was more I could get from myself and my life.

I couldn’t have asked for a better coach to help me work through this. Valerie continuously helps me to bring my best energy to different situations, and she challenges me to be intentional about my actions and decisions.

One thing that also stands out is how I can feel that Valerie really cares. Going out and getting what you want isn’t always easy, so it’s been great to know that I have someone there who is rooting for me.
— Brandon Luke-Financial Rep at Pioneer, NY Office of Northwestern Mutual
I recommend Valerie Hartman, my go-to career coach, without hesitation. Her guidance has been essential to my growth and success. When I am struggling, Valerie listens compassionately and questions strategically with the goal of helping me recognize barriers and come away with greater clarity and purpose. With a keen intellect and an unwavering moral compass, Valerie models grit, generosity, curiosity and a commitment to excellence. Her varied background – from Ivy League athlete to international businesswoman – gives her tremendous credibility and the depth of experience to offer applicable and insightful counsel. If you are looking for a brilliant strategist that will help you unlock your potential, grow your energy and maximize your success, Valerie is the coach for you
— Janece Shaffer, Award-Winning Playwright & Founder of StoryCentric: Story Consultants