About Valerie Albarda…
Valerie Albarda was a shy, insecure child who used humor as her superpower. Now, as a fully-grown midlife woman, she lives out loud, still struggles from time to time with residual crumbs of insecurity, and has added moxie, intellect, and charm to her list of superpowers.
By day, she’s a senior content writer at a large national home improvement retailer. However, where she really shines is when she steps out of her work shoes and into her role as a writer, author, and creator of Midlife-A-Go-Go – the website and the podcast – which focuses on topics related to midlife women including menopause, thriving in midlife, finding our voices and more.
As a midlife woman and a former Women’s Empowerment and Transformation Coach, Valerie is on a mission to educate and inspire midlife women as they transition through life’s ‘second spring’ with confidence. She’s a firm believer that women can enjoy the midlife and skip the crisis.
One of Valerie’s true passions in life is traveling. She’s crossed the globe and made pit stops in such places as Hawaii, Dubai, the Seychelles, Switzerland, Paris, Budapest, Italy, Greece and points in between. And she’s not done yet.
Learn more about Valerie’s Talk…
Title: The Invisibility Trifecta: Coming Out of the Shadows
Description: It’s difficult being an invisible midlife woman; add a woman of color to the mix and the stakes are raised considerably. Historically, women of color — and more precisely, black women — have been low on society’s totem pole and it’s time for that to change. I’m tackling the unconscious bias as it pertains to not just midlife women, but more specifically for black women and other women of color.
What do you want people to learn from your talk? I want to advance the notion that midlife women of color aren’t invisible unless we choose to be, and that we’re no less viable because of our age. I want people to learn about the double jeopardy hypothesis in action and how attitudes about midlife women in general and midlife women of color specifically can change beginning with the mindset of those on the outside looking in.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? I want people to be more aware of black and other midlife women of color in society; to make room for us at the table; to show us respect; to acknowledge the value of our life experience.
Learn more about Valerie…
Where is your hometown? My current hometown is Cramerton, NC; I grew up in Seat Pleasant, Maryland.
What are your hobbies? Traveling, podcasting, cooking, exploration, winery hopping
What are you passionate about? Midlife women; diversity and inclusion; writing.
What draws you to Charlotte? Charlotte is a city of growth. I love the look of the skyline, the numerous dining options, and the vibrancy of the city.
What is the best compliment you’ve received? I’ve been told that I have a soothing voice.
What do you want to be remembered for? My wit and my message.
How do you push the boundaries? Many boundaries are self-imposed, so I step outside of the box I created by challenging myself; I ask myself “What would happen if…?” and then I do it.
What does your happy place look like? Anywhere there’s a good book, jazz, my dog and a plate of bacon. Since I’m such a generous woman, my husband can come along, too.
What is one thing that you would like to share that is unknown about you? I’m working on a novel. I’ve been working on it since 1998. It’s not so much procrastination, but a busy life getting in the way. I would love to be able to check out of society for a month or so, go somewhere tranquil and beautiful and devote that time solely to finishing my novel.
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? I think the national spotlight will continue to shine on Charlotte with its growth and the possibility of becoming a major league soccer town.
The most important questions…
What animal will be our future overlords? The camel. They’ll take over on a hump day and we’ll have no choice but to bend to their will.