Valerie Diaz

Educator | Entrepreneur | Coach

Valerie Diaz has been in the workforce since she was 14 years old. While she has practical experience in college and career counseling, especially with immigrant communities, she is also the go-to person within her network for advice on career moves, generating extra income, and taking the leap to go out
on their own.
Valerie has been training and facilitating for over 15 years. She genuinely enjoys getting to know
people’s motivation, helping them articulate their goals, and coaching them to discover their own next best steps.
Valerie believes that there is opportunity around every corner. No question is without an answer – you just have to figure out who to ask. She is excited to be part of BuildEd because she believes that finding economic stability and independence is a universal right, no matter where someone comes from. She embraces BuildEd’s mission, and holds students’ ability to clearly identify their goals and concrete actions steps as the highest measure of success.

We learn from a young age that if we work hard and keep our heads down, we will earn increasing responsibilities and pay. That used to be true when businesses felt a greater responsibility to nurture and grow their employees. But now that everything is in service to the short-term bottom line for stockholders, the rules have changed.

The world of work has changed. Few people graduate, climb onto the career ladder, then climb off decades later from a higher rung with a golden retirement watch. Most people work for many companies, in many industries, and under many different terms during the course of their careers.

Golden watch pathways have been replaced by lower pay jobs and less opportunities for career growth. Others have been broken down into small chunks of contract work. This puts people at constant risk of stagnating or even sliding backward. The middle class is shrinking, and no one is immune.

All of this means that ordinary people are able - and really, required – to shape their own career pathways.


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We understand what it feels like to struggle and are here to help you make that struggle a little easier and the payoff for your work greater.

We teach workshops that will help overcome that struggle and find new direction, focus and fulfillment in your career. From getting jobs, performing well at jobs, advancing, doing freelance work, to starting a business, our lessons will give you the tools you need to succeed in the modern economy.

Our programs are designed to help you take control of your career with a step-by-step action plan customized for your success. We will equip you with the mindset, tools, and action steps to move from where you are now to a career you can be excited to wake up to every morning.

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