Meet Valorie Burton

What I Do:
I am the author of eleven books on personal development, founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and an international speaker on resilience and happiness. I have spent more than 15 years studying the research of resilience, positive emotion and courage – and implementing it in my own life and with hundreds of clients from a dozen countries and nearly every state in the US. My books include Successful Women Think Differently, What’s Really Holding You Back?, Brave Enough to Succeed, and Happy Women Live Better.
What I Believe:
I believe resilience – the ability to adapt to change and navigate setbacks – is a skill that can be learned. And you must learn it if you want an authentic, successful and happy life. I believe in second chances and I’m grateful for mine. It’s led to my professional calling and my beautiful, blended family – a husband I grew up with in Colorado, two bonus daughters I have the privilege to help parent, and a son who came along after I turned 40.

Valorie Burton Professional Bio

Valorie Burton is a bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach to hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten countries.  For over 15 years, Valorie’s books, speaking engagements, and coaching programs have helped people:

  • Make major life changes that are exciting and scary at the same time.
  • Be happier and have more fun, even when life seems routine.
  • Become strong leaders, navigate office politics, and achieve professional dreams.
  • Navigate setbacks and disappointments in a way that makes life better, not bitter.
  • Speak up with confidence rather than settling for less.
  • Go to sleep at night feeling at peace about decisions.
  • Conquer emotions that cause procrastination, emotional spending, and self-sabotage.

Valorie knows what it feels like to endure family health challenges and dreams deferred. And she understands the power of being resilient and tenacious in the face of such disappointments. In the summer of 1999, she had an epiphany that confirmed her life purpose:  To inspire others to live more fulfilling lives. At the time, she was good at what she did for a living, but not passionate about it.  Despite her fears, Valorie took a leap of faith to pursue her dream. The transformation has led her to write eleven books, including Successful Women Think Differentlyand What’s Really Holding You Back?  Success Magazine named her book, Why Not You? one of the “Top 25 Must-Read Success Books.” Her book Happy Women Live Better: 13 Ways to Trigger Your Happiness Every Day  helps women make intentional choices right now to increase their happiness on a daily basis.  Her books have been translated into seven foreign languages.

Valorie has appeared numerous times on the TODAY Show Dr. Oz, CNN, HLN and hundreds of other radio and television shows. She has also co-hosted two national television programs, The Potter’s Touch with T.D. Jakes and Aspiring Women, which won two regional Emmy nominations. She has written for Oprah Magazine, Essence, Ebony, Woman’s Day, and many more.  And as a speaker, she has inspired audiences for GE, McDonald’s, Goldman Sachs, State Farm, Accenture, General Mills, FDIC, Verizon Wireless, NASA, Wells Fargo, the US Military and hundreds of others.  Valorie has a master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University.  She earned a BA in International Affairs from Florida State University. She and her husband grew up in Denver, Colorado and live near Atlanta, Georgia with their three children.

Let Valorie help you get unstuck and be unstoppable! Take a free life assessment, register for her encouraging newsletter, browse her free resources, and learn more about her life-changing books and products.

Valorie Burton Timeline

Valorie Burton Journey

Valorie Burton Journey

1973
Born at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Watched dolphins from my swingset in the backyard while fighter jets boomed overhead for training exercises.
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1976
Spent the first of eight childhood summers at my paternal grandparents’ home in upstate South Carolina. Woke up every morning to the sound of the rooster crowing in Grandmama’s chicken coop and played all day with my cousins, before shucking corn or stringing green beans together before dinner. Realized my grandparents, who grew up sharecroppers in the segregated rural South, had a dramatically different childhood than I did. Their love, integrity, tenacity, faith and intelligence (despite the lack of formal education) deeply influenced and shaped me.
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1976
Mom said she wanted to “capture the era” in this pic.
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1980
We moved to Frankfurt, West Germany.  This is my fourth grade pic at Rhein Main Air Base Elementary.
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1988
Five years after moving to Colorado: That’s my husband above me in the Smoky Hill High School year book.  Clearly, it was the 80s. We both popped our collars and my hair is lopsided.
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1990
Modeling shoot in downtown Denver during my senior year. Accept a Presidential appointment to the US Air Force Academy that year. I called my Dad who was stationed in South Korea to tell him. He’s so excited and proud, I hear him cry for the first time.
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1991
After a tough year of academic probation, parents’ divorce, surgery and three hospital stays, I leave the Academy, doubting myself and not totally sure what’s next. Follow Mom to Monterey, CA.
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1992
Transfer to Florida State University, intern in the late Governor Lawton Chiles’ press office. Graduate a year later.
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1994
At age 21, earn master’s degree in journalism at Florida A&M University. Rushing to overcompensate for past failures, I miss the traditional college journey. Move to Dallas following graduation.
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1997
Launch public relations firm, fulfilling my entrepreneurial spirit, but not my passion. I don’t know what that is yet. Start praying to know my purpose.
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1999
I have an epiphany about my life purpose during a visit to a Barnes & Noble in downtown Seattle during NABJ Convention: To write and speak as a vehicle to inspire others to live more fulfilling lives. Begin writing first book three weeks later and self-publish it a few months later by borrowing $6,000 from my credit card. Broke even in three weeks.
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2000
Random House buys self-published book! Releases it with the same title a year later.
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2001
Leave PR to pursue writing and speaking full time. Become trained as a life coach the following year. Become co-host of national television show, The Potter’s Touch with T.D. Jakes.
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2003
Get married. Move to Prince Georges County, Maryland. Land book deal and write my second book, Listen to Your Life.
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2007
Accepted to grad program at the University of Pennsylvania in applied positive psychology. Graduate in 2008 and soon need to apply my degree to my own life as I reach a low point. This a picture with world-renowned professor and psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman, father of positive psychology.
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2009
Marriage fails after six years. Consider giving up on writing and speaking. Very afraid that my dream of motherhood may never be realized. Devastated. Decide to move south to be near family. Land in Atlanta.

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2010
Launch the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute. Begin training others to become personal and executive coaches.

 

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2012
Successful Women Think Differently, my seventh book, is released. It is based on my Capstone project for my graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania. It becomes a national bestseller and is translated into multiple languages.
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2013
After a year dating the love of my life, a high school friend who saw Successful Women Think Differently at an airport bookstore, Jeff and I marry. I become a bonus mom to two energetic girls, ages 6 and 9.
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2015
We become parents to the cutest boy ever, Alex.
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2017
The CaPP Institute hosts its 15th Coach Training Intensive since 2010.  There are graduates from every state and ten countries on four continents.
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Today
Jeff, me and all three kids
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