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Valerie Capers Workman

Chief Legal Officer

Valerie Capers Workman is a recognized expert in organizational growth, new market entry, talent acquisition, workforce strategy, and corporate governance. Currently, she serves as the Chief Talent Engagement Officer at Handshake, the game-changing platform connecting over 15 million students from 1,500 colleges and universities with 900,000+ employers including the Fortune 500.

Workman is also the author of the groundbreaking new book, "Quantum Progression: The Art and Science of Career Advancement in the Age of AI." This Amazon Best Seller, written for both new and seasoned received five-star reviews including Kim Scott, New York Times Best Selling Author of Radical Candor, "This is a fantastic book by Valerie Capers Workman who is both a great writer and a wonderful human being."

In 2023 Valerie's engagements included Forbes’ Future of Work Summit, HR Transform's Conference, SHRM's Conference, The Information’s WTF Summit as well as was features in the Wall Street Journal, and CNBCMakeit.

Previously Valerie served as the VP, People at Tesla, reporting directly to the CEO, where she became known as “Tesla’s Top Diversity Advocate”. She led a team of 700 overseeing HR, Recruiting, DEI, L&D and more. She played a transformative role in doubling Tesla's global workforce from 50,000 to 100,000 employees: Expanded the DEI team to simultaneously promote inclusivity AND excellence, placed L&D under DEI to help ensure equal access to internal opportunities, created the Community Relations and Supplier Diversity teams, published the company's first-ever DEI Report, replaced the "Anti-Handbook, Handbook" with a comprehensive Employee Guide and led the creation and rollout of "Respectful Recharge" training, required for all employees, and focused on the imperatives of treating each other with dignity and respect.

Valerie is licensed to practice law in New York, Washington, D.C. and Texas and has held executive legal roles at Wyndham, FocusBrands, Tesla and Handshake.

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Events featuring Valerie Capers Workman
Events featuring Valerie Capers Workman