Valorie Burton

A sought-after life coach and speaker, Valorie Burton is the author of Listen to Your Life, What's Really Holding You Back?, Rich Minds, Rich Rewards and Why Not You? 28 Days to Authentic Confidence, all published by divisions of Random House, Inc. Her forthcoming book, How Did I Get So Busy? The 28-Day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most, is scheduled to be released in late December. A professional certified coach (PCC), she coaches entrepreneurs and professionals seeking a more purposeful path. Her weekly e-newsletter inspires thousands of subscribers.

Organizations such as American Airlines, Toyota, O, The Oprah Magazine and Ohio University have hired her as a speaker. She has also spoken at events for some of the nation's largest churches, including The Potter's House (Dallas), Lakewood Church (Houston), and New Birth (Atlanta).

Ms. Burton is a frequent media contributor and has engaged in hundreds of interviews with media such as CNN, ABC Radio, The 700 Club, Focus on the Family, Psychology Today, InStyle Magazine, Self, Essence, and the Los Angeles Times. She is the resident life coach for the syndicated radio program, "Sharing Life Together," which airs on 80 stations nationwide. She is a regular columnist for CBN.com and BlackAmericaWeb.com. She is former co-host of the national daily television program, The Potter's Touch with Bishop T.D. Jakes and served as the on-air life coach for KXAS-TV (NBC5/Dallas) and two, nationally-syndicated morning shows on the ABC Radio Network for two years.

An entrepreneur at heart, her first and only corporate position was as marketing director for the largest Dallas-based CPA firm. Two years into her career, she founded The Burton Agency, a marketing and public relations firm. She was named one of the nation's 30 rising stars in public relations by PR Week Magazine in 2000. She sold the business in 2001 to pursue her passion for helping people, women in particular, live more fulfilling lives.

She was appointed by Governor Rick Perry (Texas) to the Governor's Commission for Women and served a two-year term (2001 ? 2003). She is a former Miss Black Texas USA, Miss Black USA 'top 10' finalist, and a runner-up to Miss Texas. She is creator of the annual Texas Trailblazer Award luncheon, which honors trailblazing women and has raised over $400,000 for The Family Place, a domestic violence shelter.

At age 21, she earned a master's degree in journalism from Florida A & M University. Her undergraduate degree is from Florida State University. Ms. Burton is a credentialed member of the International Coach Federation and a member of the National Speakers Association. She has more than 200 hours of professional coach training and is a graduate of Coach University, the pioneer coach training institution. Ms. Burton and her husband live in Annapolis, Maryland, where they enjoy boating and being near the water.

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