Valerie Wilson Reed

Public Speaker

  • Keynote Speaker: The Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship                November, 2013

“Harvest of Hope”

  • Women’s Innovation Network – WIN                                                         July, 2013

“Thinking Big & Seizing the Opportunity”

  • Marquette University Chicago Circles Event Panel                                  May, 2012

“A View From the Top – MU Women Share Their Journey”

  • Marquette University Commencement                                                       Dec.2010/May 2011

“Welcome New Alumni”

  • Apparel Industry Board, Inc. (AIBI - Chicago) Panel                                April, 2011

“Avenue of Sales – The Business of Fashion”

  • Speaker: Marquette University National Alumni Awards Banquet       April, 2011

“President, MU National Alumni Board of Directors”


  •  ShopHQ (formally ShopNBC)                                                                       July 2013 - May 2014

Spokesperson: “Affinity for Knits”              

  • HSN (Home Shopping Network)                                                                 March/July 2010

Founder & Spokesperson: “Valcooks Hostess Aprons”

  • NBC’s 1st Look (Nationally Syndicated)                                                     March, 2010    

Founder/Interview:  “Valcooks Hostess Aprons”


  • "These Sistas Can Cook!" Cookbook © 2002, contributing author 

  Professional Experience Present

  • Phoenix International

On-air Spokesperson for Affinity Travel Knits, Exclusively on ShopHQ (Formally ShopNBC)

  • Valcooks, LLC

CEO, Fashion Designer of Valcooks Designer Hostess Aprons

Valcooks Coffees to be launched late 2015


Profes    Professional Experience Past

  • Babyluvs Productions, Inc.

Co-Founder, Producer and Marketing Director “He’ll Lift You Up Gospel Music Video

For Kids”

  • G. Heileman Brewing Company

National Accounts Manager

  • Hershey Chocolate Company

District Sales/Key Accounts

  • Pabst Brewing Company


  • President, Bridging the Gap, Inc. – Milwaukee, WI
  • Advisory Board, Marquette University Diederich College of Communications
  • Steering Committee, Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago
  • Past- President, Marquette University National Alumni Board of Directors
  • Past President, Ethnic Alumni Association of Marquette University
  • Incubator Program, Apparel Industry Board, Inc. (AIBI-Chicago)

Interes  Interests

  • Culinary Arts, Movies, Travel, Avid Sports Fan


 B.A.      Marquette University – College of Speech (Communications)


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