c Valerie Gurka
Chief Inspiration Officer

Aside from her 16+ years of management experience in both educational and corporate organizations, Valerie has developed a well-rounded background. As a University Administrator for two state universities, she mastered the art of facilitation, teambuilding and workshop planning. As an executive officer/manager, she has directly managed sales, operations, and customer service channels in corporate financial services organizations. She has led numerous technology and non-technology based projects leading to efficient operations and increased revenue. Her efforts in building teams have received honors and #1 Service Ranking in Kiplinger's magazine. She was most recently the First Vice President of Sales Strategy at TD Ameritrade, a financial services organization, before founding Inspire Solutions. She brings with her a breadth of experience creating business development strategies for the financial services industry, and she also holds the Certified Financial Planner (TM) professional marks and a Master of Science in Behavioral Research Psychology.

k Susan Brewer
Leadership Facilitator

Susan has a business background in Merchandising and Showroom sales management. She also has extensive experience presenting workshops on presentation skills to clients including UPS, Pepsico and AIG. She is also a stand-up comedian and has performed in clubs such as Carolines, the Comic Strip and Gotham Comedy club as well as corporate engagements.

k Laura Allen
Leadership Facilitator

Laura is the Co-Founder of She's been written about in Adweek, The Financial Times, Crain's New York Business and the Wall Street Journal. She's an experienced teacher and businesswoman. Using her own techniques, she once closed a $5 million deal on a cold call!

k Isaak James
Multi-Media Production Specialist

Isaak has a background in multi-media production including video/movie production, web and graphic design, animation, art and music production. His well rounded background allows Inspire Solutions to offer turnkey solutions for multi-media needs.

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