Valerie has been a member of Impact100 South Jersey since the first year. She heard about it from charter member Mary Lynne Reynolds. But when she investigated further, she was intrigued by the opportunity to make a $1,000 donation go so much further.
“I also like that it’s a women’s giving group.” Valerie says. “It’s given me the chance to reconnect with so many South Jersey women who I’ve known throughout my career.” When she attended one of the Big Reveal events, Valerie was surprised to learn that so many women she knew were part of this empowering initiative. “You feel so connected to so many people who, like me, love South Jersey.”
Valerie is the Owner & Founder of VSA Prospecting, a lead generation company. She started her business in her family room with two part-time employees and successfully built it from the ground up. She now proudly employs more than 100 people, many from the communities we’re all a part of. She credits the power of women’s networking for helping her get where she is today. “I got a lot of strength from being part of these types organizations.”
Her perseverance, positive attitude and an eye for opportunity has led to exploring ways VSA can support the emerging Contact Tracing field. “Being a woman-owned business was an important aspect of making it to the final round of companies working on Contact Tracing for the State of New Jersey. VSA has now created a consortium to help businesses and institutions rapidly and flexibly ramp up their Contact Tracing efforts across the country.
Valerie is a long-time resident of Haddonfield, and a Board member for Boys & Girls Clubs of Camden.
“I value being a good, caring member of the community. It’s something I typically do in private. Most of my close friends don’t even know when I’ve given back. But with Impact100, I have found myself talking about it and inviting other women to learn about it. That’s how strongly I feel about the mission.”