About Valerie

It’s in the PAUSE® Leadership

Valerie M. Sargent has a passion for bringing vitality to individuals and organizations. She began her career over 25 years ago as a leasing consultant in the multifamily industry, guiding her career through the years toward speaking, training, marketing, consulting and executive coaching. Today, as President of Yvette Poole & Associates, she is an inspirational speaker, trainer and executive consultant working with clients to unlock the dynamic power within their associates.

Emotional Intelligence in Action

Valerie is a Level I and Level II TalentSmart Emotional Intelligence (EI/EQ) Certified Trainer. She is able to help your employees increase their EQ, managing their emotions and relationships better on the job for maximum performance.  She has full-day, targeted EQ training classes available for Mastering Emotional Intelligence (Level 1 and Level 2), complete with EQ appraisal. As a national speaker, her signature message “It’s in the Pause” ®  series enables her to educate others on the need for Self-Management skills to preserve positive relationships in the workplace and beyond. Valerie also helps those going through stressful legal trials to prepare for the courtroom with her targeted EQ Trial Consultation, ensuring the best possible witness performance on the stand.

Areas of Expertise

Valerie also specializes in Leadership, Customer Service, Sales and Multifamily Leasing. Her engaging and humorous presentation style creates a learning environment that is exciting and memorable. Those who utilize her for Executive Coaching find her to be insightful, encouraging and a true communicator. By providing cohesive, educational and motivating experiences, Valerie takes pride in helping companies create effective and productive employees and teams who love their jobs. Areas of focus include: Speaking, Training, Coaching, Marketing, Consulting, Emotional Intelligence, Sales, Team Building, On-Boarding, Telecommunications, Corporate Retreats, EQ Trial Consultation, EQ Executive Coaching, Leadership Conferences and Real Estate Investing.

Find information on the many facets of her work with Yvette Poole & Associates, and subscribe to her EQ-focused blog, It’s in the Pause®.

Broadband in Multifamily

In 2008 Valerie began working with a private client, the Independent Multi-Family Communications Council (IMCC), a non-profit trade association representing independent broadband providers to the FCC and the multifamily industry. Acting as their Managing Director, Valerie handled all operational and business functions. In February of 2016, IMCC shifted its membership into the new trade association, Multifamily Broadband Council, with an additional focus on manufacturers and new broadband technologies entering the multifamily space. Valerie was delighted to be named Executive Director for MBC upon its formation, and continues her contracted work with that group.

Real Estate Investing

A background in the multifamily industry and an entrepreneur’s spirit led to a natural affinity for Real Estate and an interest in investing. Valerie has aligned with a national Real Estate Investor Team out of Chicago, and she is affiliated with the most comprehensive real estate investing education company in the U.S. She is passionate about helping others learn financial literacy and the power of investing in real estate, and is currently adding students, marketers and investors to our Southern California team of investors. Valerie participates with the leadership team in Orange County, connecting students with education taught by practitioner instructors, both online and live, along with professional coaching available with the education. Students are able to join the local weekly Mastermind in person to take education from the classroom to the streets, brainstorming directly with some of our local investors as they put their learning into practice. Like-minded individuals and entrepreneurs who have an interest in real estate investing and building their own business should visit her real estate page, MAXIMIZE Development Group, for more information.


Valerie knows that nutrition fuels our bodies and brains, and of course plant-based supplements are a MUCH better alternative to synthetic vitamins. She is happy to share some of her favorites for a healthy lifestyle (she takes Optimal Support Packets twice daily and Omega-3 with Vitamin D). Check out Vitality by Valerie to explore some great options for YOU! That is a small offering of what is available, so inquire about specific nutritional needs.

On the Personal Side

Although raised in the Midwest, Valerie happily resides in Orange County, CA and loves living near the coast. She recently volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that advocates for abused and/or neglected children. After completing a 6+ year court appointed assignment to the same youth with CASA, she encourages others to help with that organization and is always actively searching for ways to give back. Valerie loves the ocean, and music stirs her soul. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t find something to laugh about.

A lifelong learner, Valerie loves educating others, igniting change and making a difference in the lives she touches.

The only question left is this:  How would you like her to make a difference for YOU?!