Has a female boss (or is top executive at company)
Sits on a company board
Has an advanced degree (a degree higher than a bachelor's degree)
Has an MBA
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Is an extrovert
Has climbed a mountain
Can ride a horse
Likes playing video games
Has studied abroad
Has always wanted to be a teacher
Biography and Background:
Valeh Nazemoff, bestselling author of "The Four Intelligences of the Business Mind" and "The Dance of the Business Mind" is the Executive Vice President and Co-owner of Acolyst, an enterprise data strategy and business performance analytics consulting firm. She consults for The White House, Executive Office of the President and some of her other DoD and Civilian government agency clients have included Social Security Administration and USPS. She formulated a data analytics intelligence approach that blends artificial and emotional intelligence by applying techniques learned from neuroscience, psychology and organizational behavior. She has been featured in numerous publications such as SUCCESS, Fast Company, HuffPost, Entrepreneur, Inc Magazine, New York Post, Chicago Tribune, and blogs for CIO.com through her series titled "The Mindful CIO." She loves partner dancing and can find her immersed into the moves of the Tango, Samba, or her favorite - the Paso Doble.
How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
This past year I published my second bestseller book, "The Dance of the Business Mind: Strategies to Thrive Anywhere, From the Ballroom to the Boardroom" where I address the parallels between partnership in dancing and partnership in business. I worked hard to help my company transform our channel partner relationships. The biggest was the mindset of being "off-balance" in order to be "in-balance" with partners. When you acknowledge and are comfortable with being "off-balance" you accept and look for strengths your partner has to compliment your relationship so you can get "in-balance" with each other! I demonstrate this during my interview on CBS WUSA 9, segment titled "Dance Your Way into Success."
What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
Over the next year, my company's goal is to illuminate compassion and positive intention in the communication dynamics of our partner relationships within the channel industry. Our first initiative is to lead more meaningful engagements. Our second initiative is to design solutions and processes that are engaging, collaborative, and habit-forming to drive performance.
What honors, awards, or commendations have you won over the past year?
In addition to being an honoree for the 2017 CRN Women of the Channel, my book, "The Dance of the Business Mind," had ranked on Amazon's bestselling list (#2) and grabbed the attention of a Hollywood producer for us to work on a Competitive TV Reality show after an article titled "Ballroom Dance Your Way to Success in the Workplace" was featured on the New York Post praising about key elements of my book and work.
Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
I admire the famous poet, Maya Angelou. Against many challenges and obstacles she had faced, she was continually (and still remains to be through her writing) positive, uplifting, courageous, encouraging, fun, and filled with love. One of my favorite quotes, "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
You will become much tougher, stronger, and more powerful than you are today, continuing to live each day with compassion and love. But the one main thing you must do is to invite your mind, body and soul to dance throughout life's key moments. Dance to connect and spark with other's emotions. Dance to feel the movements in-between the steps. Dance to embrace with the energy that surrounds you. Dance to ignite and explode the joy within you Be passionate about your purpose. Let the power of your dancing mind, body and soul lead you forward to illuminate the world!
If you could master any new job-related skill, what would it be and why?
I have many creative innovative ideas to bring better, effective and results driven communication and collaboration to the industry and marketplace. I would love to learn and master the process of designing, developing, and engineering a prototype (using emerging tools like 3D printer) of collecting, integrating, and analyzing data for artificial intelligence from multiple sources and multiple people's various inter-connected social dynamics using an Internet of Things (IoT) physical activity tracking sensor and wearable human movement and emotional capture device that connects to an app.
What's the best book you read this past year and why did you like it?
Being a book reviewer, I had the privilege of reading J. Kelly Hoey's "Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World." It was a great reminder and validation for how the strength of your network and purposefully making connection with them can generate opportunities. It is important to engage realizing that to get to where you need to go, you need to help others get to where they want to go too. This is why it is purposeful.
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