Client Comments

“I have been working with Valery for the past several years on a wide variety of planning and policy items for my campus. I appreciate Valery’s ability to jump into a project, conduct research and analysis and to work independently on efforts to advance the project. She is highly self directed with respect to production and easily engages with staff she is assigned to work with. Valery is adept at leading and facilitating organizational planning processes as well as in policy development!” ~Jean Marie Scott, Associate Vice Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz

“I will never do a another staff retreat without Valery. She added depth, breadth, energy and insight to what was otherwise just an extended staff meeting. The value-added in bringing in a skilled facilitator who cares about the needs of my office cannot be overstated. I actually got to participate, learn and create along with my team rather than focusing on the facilitation aspects.” ~Diana Ralls, Chief of Staff–President’s Office, Fresno State University

“We have utilized Valery Richardson’s services for both a large departmental organizational review, as well as smaller scale team development opportunities. Her experience in the UC system and higher education has made for quick understanding of our operational and organizational needs. Valery delivers practical, sensible, and meaningful advice in a very approachable manner.” ~Jana Severson, Executive Director, UC San Diego

“Valery worked with us in developing strategic plans for the Division of Student Affairs and for the Student Housing department. My colleagues and I cannot say enough about her expertise, professionalism and enthusiastic engagement in both processes. She has a solid understanding of higher education and proved to be a reliable partner in accomplishing all of the goals we had set for the projects.” ~ Emily Galindo, Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director, UC Davis

“Valery provided assistance to my management team to advance the re-organization of our department. She worked with nearly every layer of our large organization to develop action plans to achieve the over-arching goals of our vision. Her approach ensured that our plan was accepted and supported by all the team members. With her help, I am very happy to say our re-organization has been implemented successfully and our vision has been realized. ~Mark Cunningham, Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego

~Participant Comments from Leadership Retreats~

UC Merced Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships: “I really appreciated all the work Valery did to help us understand ourselves and our colleagues.”  “Valery was able to facilitate the Stages of Change in such a way that we could accept in and identify how to move forward.” “Bring Valery back!”

University of Minnesota, Crookston President’s Retreat: “I most valued the collaboration, sharing and learning. We built relationships while developing strategy.” “Thank you for the good interaction, discussion and level of care by participants and the facilitator.” “Valery was excellent and I would enjoy having her return for a follow up retreat next year.”

UC San Francisco Office of Housing Services: “I appreciated the session on conflict. It helped me better understand how my co-workers think and will allow for more effective results.” “Valery created an open, safe forum where we could break through barriers as an organization. We learned a lot about each other and how to work together.”

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Division of Student Affairs: “Valery did a magnificent job as a facilitator.” “The activities that differentiated problem-solving styles were valuable. Our team will utilize and benefit from this information.”

UC San Francisco, Student Academic Affairs Leadership Team: “Valery stayed focused on our goals while also recognizing the uniqueness of each manager’s personal values and work style.” “The facilitator did a good job of encouraging honest, productive dialogue.” “Having Valery facilitate helped immensely. Her planning before the retreat was very important. Our time together would not have been so productive without that effort.”