Valerie A. Olson, MA

Adjunct Faculty Member

Val is an experienced business and life coach. She specializes in providing coaching and training services for creatively gifted individuals and for business leaders who want to achieve success and fulfillment in the arts-related industry. One of the first coaches to be trained in Co-active Coaching, Val uses creative and practical tools to promote the artistic and entrepreneurial success of her exceptional clients.


MA - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
BA - Metro State University, St. Paul, MN

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Professional Membership: 

International Coach Federation
Philadelphia Area Coaches Alliance
New Jersey Professional Coaches Association
The Authors Guild
Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network
Art for Progress
Artists Helping Artists
National Association of Independent Artists
Americans for the Arts

Select Publications: 

Olson, V. (1994). EAP's have proven value in cost containment, Health Benefits Planner, Minnesota Journal of Human Resource Management.

Olson, V. (1991). Having fun. An approach to stress management. Ridges Views.

Olson, V. (1981, January). Fresh start. Woman's Day.

Olson, V. (1986). Program management development guide. A Performance Guide, Honeywell.

Select Presentations: 

Keys to Artistic $success: Mastering Mindset & Marketing

ADD-Creative: Fun Strategies for Staying Focused

Coaching Creatives: A Horse of a Different Color

Wholesale to Retail: ABCs

How to Call Up Your Muse, Anytime

Imagery for Creative Achievement: How to Use Visual Prompts

Book It: Get it Written, Get it Published, Get it Sold

Giftedness & How to Fulfill Your Destiny One Step at a Time

Areas of Interest: 

Coaching Approaches & Methodologies

Creativity & Creative Expression

Personality Typology/Diffferences

Professional Achievement for Gifted & Talented Adults

Adult ADD & Creativity

The Power of Belief / Attitude / Perspective

Women in the Arts