Talent Acquisition and Career Advancement Expert. Author. Speaker. Consultant.

About Valerie

Valerie Capers Workman is the former Vice President, People for Tesla®. At Tesla, Valerie became known as the company’s “Top Diversity Advocate” as she helped lead the company’s growth from 47k to over 100k employees.

Currently, Valerie serves as the Chief Talent Engagement Officer for Handshake, the #1 way college students find jobs. Prior to Tesla, Valerie served as the VP Legal for Focus Brands®, owner of beloved F&B brands including Cinnabon® and
Auntie Anne’s® and the VP Franchise Compliance for Realogy ® owner of global real estate powerhouses including Sotheby’s®, Coldwell Banker® and Century 21®.

Valerie is admitted to practice law in New York, Texas and Washington, D.C. She resides in the Austin, Texas area with her wonderful husband and their three amazing sons. She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and St. John’s University School of Law. Valerie is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Black Women on Boards. 

Valerie presented as a panelist and was a featured author for the book signing event at SXSW 2024 and has appeared in numerous publications including Forbes®, Wall Street Journal®, CNBC MAKE IT®, and has been a featured panelist for the Forbes Future of Work Summit®, SHRM Conference 2023, and Transform Conference 2023.

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Learn how to ensure your ability to progress in your career in the age of A.I.

In Quantum Progression: The Art & Science of Career Advancement in the Age of A.I., Valerie Capers Workman – former VP, People at Tesla (where she was known as “Tesla’s Top Diversity Advocate”) recounts her career progression while detailing the methods she used to advance in her career in defiance of the archaic rung-by-rung, corporate ladder method of career mobility.

Speaking Engagements

Valerie is a sought-after speaker and panelist on all topics related to Leadership, Employment Law Insights and Analysis, Global Expansion, Talent Acquisition and Career Advancement.

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