Who We Are.

Valerie Frederickson

Valerie Frederickson
Founder & CEO, Managing Partner

“Each board member, CEO and Chief People Officer has a unique vision and different requirements. If you ask the same questions and look for the same pivot points with 20 clients, you can construct 20 unique sets of specifications, desires and cultural fits. There’s no better feeling than determining what HR solutions clients need and what kind of HR or People and Culture executive will be the best for them now and in the long term.”

Known for her ability to quickly diagnose and correct organizational development and human resources issues, Valerie has helped hundreds of companies build and improve their human resources organizations over the past 20 years. Confidante to HR executives and C-level executives alike, Valerie spends much of her time confidentially guiding and counseling executives as they reorganize their HR functions. Valerie has conducted hundreds of newly created, replacement and upgrade searches for HR executives, personally placing senior executives at Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, Thumbtack, Rodale, Fitbit, Synaptics, Atmel, TubeMogul, Logitech and Roche.

Along with deep expertise in HR executive search, Valerie is well-versed in the scope of human resources methodology, having personally managed 37 global HR consulting projects for Philips over a five-year period. She was also an integral part of oDesk, where she served as angel investor, chief marketing officer, and board member, and placed their first Head of HR. Recognized as an HR thought-leader by numerous media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and NPR, Valerie is the author of several career development books and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and global HR conferences.

In addition to numerous hats as Founder, CEO, Managing Partner, Executive Search Consultant, and Career Coach, Valerie also serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Peninsula Parents of Multiples. She is a Sustainer of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula, Founder & CEO of Frederickson Properties, a national real-estate development corporation, and actively volunteers with local charities and political campaigns. She previously served on the Boards of Directors of the University Union of Cal State East Bay, El Buen Pastor, the National Association of Professional Saleswomen, and the Stewardship Committee at Trinity Episcopal Church. Valerie holds an MS in Organizational Development, a BA in French Literature, minors in Spanish Literature and Marketing Management. She is also an ICCI-certified Career Management Fellow. She is fluent in Spanish and French, and lives in Menlo Park with her husband Adam, and their boy/girl twins.