Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Speaker
Valerie D´Costa is a facilitator, coach, and leader. Over the past 30 years, she has become recognized for facilitating dialogue and partnerships across diverse constituencies, negotiating international coalitions, and coaching leaders to succeed and thrive. Her wide ranging career has included the use of technology as a tool for economic and social inclusion and sustainable development, and brokering innovative public-private sector partnerships.
D´Costa founded Circle Coaching and Consulting LLC (Circle) to use her experience as a leader, attorney, coach and facilitator to foster constructive dialogue, strategize shared outcomes, and coach leaders. She specializes in helping women (and women of color in particular) become better leaders; increase agility and resilience; develop an authentic and values-centered leadership presence; be calm and effective in a dynamic work environment; elicit stronger team/board performance; communicate clearly and empathetically; manage conflict gracefully; balance professional and personal goals; and deepen confidence, mindfulness, awareness, and self esteem.
D´Costa also founded Circle to champion greater diversity, equity and inclusion in workplaces around the world. Using a warm and empathetic style, she facilitates tough conversations within organizations, through which awareness, agreement, and mutual understanding deepen.
Prior to founding Circle, D´Costa was chief of community engagement at the Wikimedia Foundation, supporting the free knowledge Wikimedia movement. Before that, Valerie was the executive director of infoDev at the World Bank, which has helped 150,000 technology entrepreneurs and innovative startups in 55 countries gain access to capital, markets and business mentors. Valerie also designed and launched a landmark World Bank Women’s Economic Empowerment Program to grow women-led tech businesses around the world. Prior to the World Bank, Valerie led the Singapore Government’s international technology policies; moderating complex international negotiations. For her efforts, Valerie was awarded a Public Administration Medal by the Singapore government.
In 2016, D´Costa gave a TEDx talk entitled “Think Circles, Not Pyramids” on how international aid programs could have a greater impact on the poor and marginalized.
D´Costa is certified by the International Coach Federation via Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certification Program. She holds law degrees from the National University of Singapore and University College. London; an executive MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business; and a certificate in Building Innovative Organizations from the UC Berkeley Center for Continuing Education. Valerie is personally committed to causes of diversity, equity and inclusion; advancing women of color in the workplace; race relations; and fostering peaceful and inclusive societies. She volunteers at Higher Achievement and Little Friends for Peace. She is a member of the Washington D.C. Interfaith Network (WIN), Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and the International Coach Federation.
D'Costa will speak during the 2021 CREW Network Winter Leadership Summit.