Valerie rose from a young life of tragedy to create a 30+ year trailblazing career in financial services at two iconic institutions. The first 21 years leading businesses at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) where she rose to become the youngest person promoted to officer and then the first African-American female to achieve the rank of Senior Vice President.
That was followed by 12 years as a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase where she lead a range of efforts in the throes of the financial service crisis. Valerie's career culminated in leading JPMC's Advancing Black Leaders strategy where she led the firm's efforts that led to historic gains of 50%+ increase in black executive leadership in just three years.
After 30 years driving change in Corporate America, Valerie launched the consulting firm Elloree Talent Strategies specializing in Independent Equity Assessments.
Valerie is a best-selling author and sought after inspirational speaker on Success, Resilient Leadership and Advancing Diverse Talent.
A veteran executive with a series of career firsts.
Her superpower is change and business transformation.
As Founder & CEO, Elloree Talent Strategies, she brings together her passions of leadership and diversity analytics.
Her personal story of resilience defines who she is as a leader.
Her candid, heartfelt memoir "Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's climb from the Projects to the Podium" bares all about her struggles to success.
A speaker with broad range.
Her messages of Success, Leadership and Advancing Diversity are universal and resonate with all audiences.
2023 DEI Hall of Fame
Valerie Irick Rainford
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