Walker’s Legacy profiles recognize unique women of color in business who embody the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire. In this installment, meet our dynamic new team members – the Walker’s Legacy National City Directors.
In celebrating the announcement of the newest additions to our team, Walker’s Legacy City Directors will be hosting Meet Your Match, a mentor-matchmaking event in partnership with SCORE. In recognition of Women’s History Month, this national series promotes direct networking, mentorship, and engagement with successful business leaders.
Learn more about our Charlotte City Director below and register to attend the Meet Your Match Event here.
Charlotte, NC – Valerie Maureen Starks
Always eager to help others maintain their passion, focus and stay faithfully on track, Valerie spends her days multitasking as a mother and wife, and working with entrepreneurs and business clients.
With 25+ years expertise as a television/radio cause-related marketer, Valerie specializes in strategic partnerships, community engagement, media sales, marketing and sponsorships. Valerie has worked with entrepreneurs, non-profits, large and small businesses, national and local groups, government, media, churches, public schools, hospitals, and colleges and universities.
From her work at NBC-TV, U.S Census Bureau, YMCA, City of Chicago Mayor’s Office, Communities in Schools, Chicago Public Schools, Washington DC Health Department and currently radio, she’s been first to serve in many dual job titles. Valerie planned a host of special events and created campaigns in major cities engaging community and diverse target audiences. She’s a proud graduate of Howard University, earning a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism/Communications from what’s now the Cathy Hughes School of communications.
She’s a very active and devoted member of the historic Rockwell AME Zion Church; leads media ministry; is co-chair for Women’s Day; and volunteers for other causes supporting women and children.
“Black women are born survivors and are fabulous because the greatest love of all lives inside of us. I remember watching my mother like she was a television when I was growing up, coming home after a long day of work as a banking manager and in real estate, yet still giving my sister and I her full attention.”
She continues, “I always thought she was the best mother in the world, there for us and my police officer dad no matter how tired she was. Sometimes we need to be reminded as we juggle career, family and aspire to achieve personal goals, we as black women aren’t doing anything that our ancestors and mothers didn’t do for us. During adversity, I find women of color to follow their dreams and do all they can to have an impact. Too many role models have been trailblazers for us. I hope to help them blaze trails now for the next generation; create a legacy like Madam C.J. Walker, and together believe “Yes we can”!”