Valerie has found that it is possible to use her experience as a thriving media entrepreneur to emerge successfully in an entirely different field, in this case operating workplace yoga programs. In 1988 she began her media career in radio and television sales in Northern California. In 1992 after winning numerous sales awards and preparing for a major shift in media ownership law, she set forth on her own as an ad/pr agency. The agency's list included Pac-Tel Cellular dealers from California and Nevada, The California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento Ballet and a seemingly endless list of entities large and small. In 2005, the agency expanded to include publishing magazines for the building/architecture, healthcare, health & wellness industries. Since 2007 she Founded and still publishes CAPG Health magazine. The bimonthly magazine's national circulation is growing as managed care gains more attention with implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
All during her years of building her media operations, Valerie maintained a keen interest in health and physical fitness. As an undergraduate business major at Sacramento State, she worked as a fitness instructor. In 2000, yoga became a major part of her fitness regime and it grew in intensity until she found herself a certified yoga instructor teach the practice to employees from major corporations at their workplace.
In 2009, she founded Okunami Workplace Yoga, Inc. conducting yoga classes for employees at the workplace. Today, she and 4 other teachers conduct several classes a week in the Sacramento area. Client firms include Hines, AKT Properties, CBRE, Sysco Food Services, Inc., Vintage Senior Living Sierra Point, Allstate Insurance along with employees from high profile companies such as California State Parks, Social Security Administration, Kaiser Permanente, Umpqua Bank, Prima Games and many more.
Most recently, Valerie has created a fun new style of yoga she named "Smashmat yoga" which blends several modalities into a 45 minute, fun, high energy, low iimpact, refreshing,and relaxing workout designed for the busy professional.
She has ambition, creativity and passion for her work that knows know boundaries and will continue to follow her bliss that will somehow benefit everyone she works with.
One of her favorite sayings is "Execution is the Chariot of Brilliance.". She hopes to shine the light on health & wellness for everyone.