5 and Up: Meet the 5 Speakers Who Have Been at WAG for 5 Years or More – Valentina Vale

Contributed by: Ashley Erickson

 

In case you missed it, this is a part of the  “5 and Up” post series showcasing speakers at the We are Girls Austin Conference that will be shown throughout the week. These 5 presenters continue to help girls #findtheirpower through their incredible work and deserve some recognition for all that they do. Next up, Valentina Vale!

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

Born in Venezuela, I moved to the USA to attend rehab… I was a broken teenager. Art school changed my direction.  Although painting and drawing were an important part of my formal training, I turned to jewelry design and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, followed by a Master’s Degree.

 

I see art as a philosophy in which one enters a progressive relationship—this relationship is maintained from two creative angles:  How one solves a particular problem; and, How one engages in an entertaining dynamic.  These two characteristics of work and entertainment are what require me as an artist to cultivate creativity as the major factor of energy to generate growth.

 

Now, as a mom of a 19-year-old girl, my motherhood relies on a foundation of life as art—changing / transforming.  The work of a mother has altered my kinesthetic sensitivity through the practice of empathy.  This work unfolded as I learned to build the relationships with my family and found the curiosity to inquire further as I became certified to teach Parent Education (www.incaf.com). The process unraveled my understanding of how to relate with children as I entered their world.  I extended my vision to design organized play for children through the experience of art.

 

What is your company’s name and what do you do?

Experiment and Explore

I create workshops for the development of concentration, memory, thinking, imagination, visualization, power of observation and emotional management.

 

When did you hear about the Girls Empowerment Network?

In the year 2010, I was researching organizations that would match my vision statement, and I found Girl Empowerment Network.

 

How long have you been presenting at the We Are Girls Conference?

This year will make my 6th year…

 

Why do you keep on coming back to WAG? What is your favorite part about WAG and why?

To allow as many willing girls as possible to participate because some participants entertain a connection through experimentation and may remember the value of persistence by feeling the energy of their imagination as it takes over, leaving them with faith and satisfaction. It can be an empowering experience.

 

I say this because many girls have experienced their aliveness during the process of creation including how difficult it was at the beginning…

This experience fuels my life with purpose.

 

If you could tell your 12-year-old self anything, what would it be?

In my opinion, words cannot pierce one.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing girls, today?

Low self esteem which can lead to destructive behavior.

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