Valerie Ashford Brown

Hi there! I’m Valerie. Welcome to your new life. I'm glad you're here. Many times in my life, I enjoyed personal and professional success. But after turning 40, I began to re-evaluate what was really important to me, found myself stuck, and lacking clear direction on next steps. I was working a grueling schedule as a management consultant all while trying to manage my family of four, along with long-distance care for my elderly parents. I wanted to go back to my stay-at-home mom days, but didn't. Finally, I got a coach to guide me as I sort through things. It was the best decision ever! After my own experience with coaching, I began my career as a transition coach. I learned that the first person I must lead is myself. Do you want to see change in your life, but have no idea how to make it happen? You're in the right place! As a certified coach, speaker, and trainer I lead organizations and individuals through change to achieve successful outcomes. I partner with clients to provide tailored approaches to understand their needs and improve corporate culture. With a similar story to those I support, my purpose is to develop clients as they evolve, expand, and uncover their unique talents and gifts while identifying and eliminating obstacles and roadblocks. My healthy obsession for personal development has led to me being called the "Shift Strategist" because I empower clients to shift and get out of their own way.  I serve as a catalyst for strengthening self-esteem, faith, priorities, and courage, while assisting maturing women over forty to figure out their next steps. My super power is championing individuals to gain clarity, confidence, and courage to become better leaders, transform their lives, find their true selves, and get to happy by getting real with themselves, about themselves.
My goal is to give you actionable steps in order for you to SHIfT! Yes! It’s still possible.
I honestly believe with my whole heart that it’s not too late and you're not too old to be what you might have been. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and imagine that life! As a change agent, an advocate, an optimist, and an encourager with a warm heart and an unwavering belief in you and your infinite possibilities, I believe together we will create or realign a life that’s fulfilling, purposeful, and rewarding. I call it CONVERGANCE, some call it alignment. Working with wholehearted clients who are ready to make the shift in their lives to align with who they have become is what I enjoy. It’s time to harness your self-worth, your courage, and your confidence so that you follow your heart into the next phase of life. You were born for greatness, now you must step into it.


Valerie guides transformation in organizational culture and lives with effective leadership development, coaching, and consulting. She partners with clients to provide tailored approaches to understand their needs and necessary shifts. To date, she has transitioned hundreds of high-achieving women from a place of overwhelm to a place of overjoy so they can start living and stop merely existing. After being a stay at home mom for many years, and then re-entering the workforce to find out it was unfulfilling, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. Valerie earned a Master of Arts degree in Management and Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Development from Webster University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Admninistration/Finance from Winthrop University. She is the Principal/Founder of Leading Edge Coaching and Consulting. Valerie is also a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Center for Coaching Certification and is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer.