"Without any of the redundant verbiage and filler that plagues somany, this book is tight, smart, pragmatic, enjoyable, and deeply wise.Don't let its surface simplicity fool you. The author is doing nothingless than challenging the reader to examine everything in his life thatstands between himself and happiness." -- Allison Burnett, screenwriter and author of Undiscovered Gyrl, The House Beautiful and Death by Sunshine
"I was pulled into this book because of the high quality of the writing, and I have to admit: isn't being happy more important than anything else? I have a new perspective on happiness and find myself helping myself against my will!" W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times Bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
About the Author
She has spoken at numerous companies, conferences and colleges on the topics of Happiness, Happiness in the Workplace and the Advancement of Women, and has appeared on more than 100 talk shows, radio programs, podcasts and web summits as an expert in these areas.
As a screenwriter, Valerie has worked with Joel Schumacher, Catherine Zeta Jones, Barry Sonnenfeld, Ice Cube, and others. She made her directing debut with the film, Making the Cut, and has written, produced and directed more than 50 short films, commercials and PSAs, most notably the anti-bullying short, Ballpark Bullies, and the groundbreaking ad, Say I Do, in support of marriage equality.
Prior to screenwriting, Valerie was a corporate securities lawyer with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, where she was one of the lead attorneys on some of the largest IPOs of the Internet era, including E*TRADE. She was an investment banker with SG Cowen and the VP of Business Development for PixelWorld Networks and The CLIC.
Valerie taught at U.C., Berkeley and the Berkeley Law School, and has her BA from Trinity University, her MS from U.C., Berkeley, and her JD from Berkeley Law. She also holds an Honors Certificate in the Science of Happiness from U.C., Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.
Valerie makes her home in Los Angeles, where she and her husband, writer/producer Rick Alexander, live with their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Pepper.