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 30 years ago as a leasing consultant in the multifamily industry, guiding her career through the years toward speaking, training, marketing, consulting and executive coaching. Valerie became an entrepreneur in 2005, working independently with private clients as President of her own company, Valerie M. Sargent, Inc., and collaborating separately with visionary and former colleague, Yvette Poole. Together they help businesses achieve their goals and reach exciting new heights. She serves as President of Yvette Poole & Associates, and is an inspirational national speaker, trainer and executive consultant working with YPA’s 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, a certification obtained in February 2013. As an Emotional Intelligence Strategist, she is able to expertly 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, and serves as an EQ Executive Coach for companies who have a goal of enhancing their associates’ business and leadership skills. As a national speaker and Emotional Intelligence Strategist, 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. Watch for her online EQ coursework and coaching programs focused on individuals to be released soon!

Areas of Expertise

In addition to EQ, Valerie specializes in Leadership, Customer Service, Sales and Multifamily Leasing. Her engaging and humorous presentation style creates a learning environment that is exciting, fun and memorable. Those who utilize her for EQ Executive Coaching find her to be insightful, authentic, encouraging and a true intuitive 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, Nonprofits, 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 on behalf of the organization, including the implementation of an annual educational and networking conference for independent broadband providers and their vendor partners working specifically in the MDU segment. 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 just concluded her contracted work with that group upon their dissolution and member transfer to WISPA in December 2020.

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 aligned with a 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 as an Independent Contracted Marketer, connecting students with education taught by practitioner instructors, both online and live, along with professional coaching available with the education. Online weekly study groups are available for students to digest the education and take it from the online classroom to the streets. Like-minded individuals and entrepreneurs who have an interest in real estate investing and/or building their own business should visit her real estate page, MAXIMIZE Development Group, for more information. To see some brief videos to learn more, plug your info in HERE to get full details on how to get started.


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 components of a healthy lifestyle with others (the supplement PLUS is her VERY favorite with wonderful endocrine system support, helping to create happy hormones!!). Check out Vitality by Valerie to explore some great options for yourself. Feel free to inquire about specific nutritional needs.

On the Personal Side

Although raised in the Midwest, Valerie has happily resided in Orange County, CA for over twenty years and loves living near the coast. She volunteered for six and a half years with the same youth for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that advocates for abused and/or neglected children, and encourages others to help with that organization. Valerie is always actively searching for ways to give back, and has recently been supporting The Locator Foundation, that helps reunite people with lost loved ones. For peace, Valerie loves the ocean … and for balance, 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, spreading positivity, 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?!