Our Mission

To build a community of high performing leaders dedicated to supporting one another in pursuit of sustainable peak performance, especially in the face of change and pressure.

noun

val·or | \ 'va-lǝr \

Strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter uncertainty with firmness : personal bravery : heroic courage.

The Principles of High Performance are Universal

We started Valor to make coaching available to everyone, so that you have the competitive advantage required to work through challenges, pursue your goals, and ascend in your career.

Our Story

Valor Founder, Sarah Milby, was frustrated by the management training she was given as she worked her way up in her career. Training programs were often solely focused on process, methodology and compliance; or they were just uninspiring and ineffective, assuming everyone learns the same way or has the same growth area to develop. They were one-time events, not experiential, lacking measurement and impactful results. After asking other executives how they inspired, trained, and developed their top talent and rising leaders, Sarah quickly realized she was not the only one frustrated with the available options.

While imagining potential solutions, Sarah couldn’t stop referencing her experience as a college athlete. She had a dedicated performance coach who helped her be at her best, giving her an outside perspective, strategies to handle increased change and pressure, and proven skills to prepare for success. Her coach became her competitive advantage, helping her navigate new opportunities and challenges. The lessons she learned from her performance coach carried with her off the field and throughout her career.

We founded Valor so that every leader could have a coach in their corner.

Our Team

Sarah Milby

Sarah Milby

Founder & CEO
Griffin Mahoney

Griffin Mahoney

CTO
Jon Brilliant

Jon Brilliant

CFO
Tim Fu

Tim Fu

VP of Product
Dr. Jeff Coleman

Dr. Jeff Coleman

VP of Coaching
Barret Jefferds

Barret Jefferds

Director of Strategic Partnerships
Iris Zimmermann

Iris Zimmermann

Director of Client and Coach Experience
Jamie Birney

Jamie Birney

Lead Engineer
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Chris Chin

Customer Success Associate
Stewart Chiodo

Stewart Chiodo

Software Engineer
T-Mera Jacobs

T-Mera Jacobs

Associate Product Manager
Elise Jones

Elise Jones

Marketing Manager
Amy Lwin

Amy Lwin

Content Developer
Kiri Mohan

Kiri Mohan

Executive Assistant
Hadley Swello

Hadley Swello

Software Engineer

Valor Advisors

Dr. Allen Smith

Dr. Allen Smith

M.D. and Masters in Health Administration and Population Health
Former President and Chief Medical Officer, Brigham and Women's Physician Organization
Brad Stulberg

Brad Stulberg

Writer, speaker and author on human performance
Co-author of "Peak Performance" and "Passion Paradox"
Dr. Jose Picart

Dr. Jose Picart

PhD Experimental Cognitive Psychology
Retired Army Colonel and Professor Emeritus West Point, United States Military Academy
Professor of counselor education and former Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at NC State University
Dr. Carol Robin

Dr. Carol Robin

PhD, Organizational Psychology
30 years in high-performance leadership and executive coaching
Dominic Coleman

Dominic Coleman

Group Vice President Global Sales at Gartner
20 years business executive and sales leader with proven track record
Bill Donovan

Bill Donovan

Former General Manager, Human Performance Institute

Valor Leadership and Performance Coaches

Andy-Riise

Andy Riise

Caryn Davies

Caryn Davies

Caryn Davies

Caryn Davies

Valor Associate Coach
Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist-Rowing

Caryn Davies is a three-time Olympian and two-time Gold Medalist, corporate lawyer, and Valor Coach. She knows the importance of bringing your best each and every day.

Caryn represented Team USA in three Summer Games, earning a silver medal in Athens 2004, and gold medal in Beijing 2008, and another gold in London 2012, all in the women's eight-oared rowing event. She is the most decorated Olympic alumni from Harvard University. Caryn has a BA from Harvard, an MBA from Oxford, and a JD from Columbia University.

Chinazom Nwabueze

Chinazom Nwabueze

Christian Buck

Christian Buck

Dr. Christine Sanchez

Dr. Christine Sanchez

Clodagh Higgins

Clodagh Higgins

Dr. Dan Smith

Dr. Dan Smith

Dr. Daniel Smith

Dr. Daniel Smith

Valor Master Coach
PhD Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Minor: Quantitative Methods/Analytics
M.S. Engineering Psychology
M.S. Engineering Management

Dr. Dan Smith is an accomplished business leader, educator, research scientist, and executive coach. During 25 years of commissioned service, he served in command and executive leadership positions at every level of the military. As deputy commander in Afghanistan, Dan led and inspired a 1,650-person combat battalion, operating daily across 1,500 square miles of unforgiving terrain. He leverages these experiences to help others and inspire them to meet the complex and dynamic challenges they face both personally and professionally.

When not deployed, Dan developed Army leaders as Chief Instructor of Combat Engineering and Tactics at the US Army Engineer school for 3 years, while serving at the United States Military Academy at West Point for a total of 9 years. At West Point, Dan achieved the rank of Associate Professor, developing curriculum and teaching classes including General Psychology for Leaders; Military Leadership; Team Dynamics; Leadership in Combat; and Human Factors Engineering. Dan served as a mentor for the Army Football Team; and as a mentor and coach of West Point’s National Champion Combat Weapons Team for 8 years.

Elmer Castillo

Elmer Castillo

Dr. Grayson Kimball

Dr. Grayson Kimball

Dr. Greg Cartin

Dr. Greg Cartin

Holly Brooks

Holly Brooks

Inga Stasiulionyte

Inga Stasiulionyte

Iris Zimmermann

Iris Zimmermann

Iris Zimmermann

Iris Zimmermann

Valor Performance Coach
Olympian and World Champion Fencer

A Stanford University graduate, Iris made her mark on the fencing strip and as an entrepreneur. Her insatiable appetite for high performance means she is looking for an extra edge in everything she does.

Iris was inducted into the USFencing Hall of Fame in 2013 for her record-setting fencing career. At just 14 years old, she became the first world champion for the US in any age or weapon category. She is an Olympian, a 3-time National Champion, and became NCAA Champion while competing for Stanford University. Iris owned her own business for nine years after earning her MBA from Simon Business School and has been coaching professionals to perform at their best since Valor began.

Jeff Butler

Jeff Butler

Dr. Jeff Coleman

Dr. Jeff Coleman

Dr. Jeff Coleman

Dr. Jeff Coleman

Valor VP Coaching
PhD Educational Psychology
Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC), Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Dr. Coleman’s career has been centered on great teams through the creation of culture and collective routines. He has helped individuals prepare most efficiently toward their goals and understand how to switch to a confident and trusting mindset when it’s time to execute in the moment.

Dr. Coleman is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied performance psychology, cognitive expertise, and team leadership development. Dr. Coleman serves as the VP of Coaching and is responsible for Content creation on the Valor platform. Beyond worked with athletes from the youth to Professional and Olympic levels, he spent a decade at the United States Military Academy at West Point providing performance psychology and leadership training to cadets and Army officers.

Joe Jacobi

Joe Jacobi

Joe Jacobi

Joe Jacobi

Valor Performance Coach
Olympic Gold Medalist

Joe Jacobi’s leadership capabilities led him from a Gold Medal in the Olympics in Spain to CEO of US Canoe & Kayak. His concentration on performance and the mind reveals there is opportunity in every challenge.

Joe has a 19-year career as an elite athlete with USA Canoe/Kayak that includes paddling rivers in more than 20 different countries. He has served as the CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak and now he lives in Spain where he spends his time coaching high performance leaders, executive teams, and athletes.

Katie Jones

Katie Jones

Dr. Lauren Tashman

Dr. Lauren Tashman

Dr. Lauren Tashman

Dr. Lauren Tashman

Valor Master Coach
PhD Educational Psychology, Major: Sports Psychology
Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC), Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Dr. Lauren Tashman has over 10 years of experience coaching and consulting athletes and professionals to be at the top of their game. As a Valor Performance Coach, she draws from her training in sports psychology and background in high level sports to help individuals and teams adopt a mindset for sustained success.

Dr. Lauren S. Tashman is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She provides mental performance coaching, leadership advising, and team/organization consulting. Lauren has consulted for over 10 years with many different sports at a variety of levels including youth, collegiate, amateur, professional, national, and Olympic. Additionally, she provides coaching in various corporate sectors including law, exercise, and the performing arts. Lauren’s coaching is also influenced by her 13 years competing as an elite equestrian showjumper.

Dr. Lea Ann Parsley

Dr. Lea Ann Parsley

Dr. Lea Ann

Dr. Lea Ann Parsley

Valor Performance Coach
Olympic Silver Medalist

Dr. Lea Ann Parsley has a history of high performance, from winning a silver medal in the 2002 Olympic Games in Skeleton to decades of experience as a firefighter, EMT and Registered Nurse. She brings a tenacious and persistent attitude to everything she does.

Lea Ann has always been a high performer. At Marshall University she played basketball and track where she was twice named the Athlete of the Year. After taking up skeleton after college, she won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to sports, Dr. Parsley is an experienced healthcare professional with over 25 years as a registered nurse and health educator as well as 20 years of experience as an EMT and firefighter.

Matan Lushkov

Matan Lushkov

Matt Cuccaro

Matt Cuccaro

Matt Cuccaro

Matt Cuccaro

Valor Master Coach
Masters, Counseling / Sport Psychology

Matt Cuccaro strives to shape the purpose, courage and potential of elite performers. With his background in professional golf and Sports Psychology, he seeks to inspire professionals to seek and achieve their highest level of performance.

Matt Cuccaro has over ten years of experience maximizing the performance of athletes, coaches, parents, business professionals and educators. He has a Masters in Counseling and Sports Psychology from Boston University. His clients have included Olympians, All-Americans, NCAA Champions and Fortune 500 executives.

Moses Ehambe

Moses Ehambe

Niki Lau

Niki Lau

Dr. Paul Ashbrook

Dr. Paul Ashbrook

Robert Rothbart

Robert Rothbart

Shameema Yousuf

Shameema Yousuf

Tiffeny Parker

Tiffeny Parker

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto

Valor Master Coach
Masters, Education / Counseling Psychology
Certified Co-Active Coach

Whitney Otto uses her background in psychology and as a World Champion Athlete to facilitate high-performance coaching for teams and individuals. Her approach to coaching is rooted in connection, honesty, humor, clarity, experimentation, and celebration.

Whitney has a Masters of Counseling Psychology and is a certified Professional Coach through the Coaches Training Institute. She has had over fifteen years of experience coaching high-performance individuals and teams, including Fortune 500 corporations, universities, and nonprofit organizations.

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