Valerie E. Patton serves as executive director of the Saint Louis Business Diversity Initiative. In this role, she develops strategies, solutions and programs for organizations in the St. Louis region in the area of workforce diversity and inclusion (recruitment, retention and advancement of talented people of color) through training, convening and consulting. She was featured in May 2008 Black Enterprise Magazine.
Prior to accepting this position in April 2002, Valerie held numerous positions at Southwestern Bell and SBC (now AT&T) and Bank of America in the areas of information systems and technology, process management, project management, product management and accounting (budget analysis and administration).
Valerie is community focused and engaged serving on the board of directors for: United Way of Greater St. Louis, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and St. Louis Public Schools Foundation and has received numerous professional and community awards and distinctions. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and The LINKS, Incorporated.
Valerie holds degrees from Howard University (BBA-Accounting), Webster University (MA-Management) and Washington University (MSW-Social/Economic Development) and has done post graduate studies in Business Management.