As friends and life partners, Valerie and Roger Pease are cofounders of INSPIRATIONWORKS, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to improving results for individuals and organizations by delivering practical tools to develop emotional intelligence. The Firm designs and guides learning experiences encompassing leadership, team building, creative thinking, problem solving, change and quality management. As Adjunct Faculty at Portland State University the Peases offer "Spirit In Communication:Practical Tools For Developing Emotional Intelligence" in the College of Liberal Arts Communication Studies Program. This skills development course includes learning about and practicing specific communication skills, including dialog, lateral thinking, and tools that can be used daily for results. The intent of INSPIRATIONWORKS is to provide a system to more fully experience the richness of life, at work and at home.
Fascinated with human thinking and learning processes, Valerie earned her master of science degree at Portland State University specializing in cognitive science. Previously, Valerie was with Xerox Corporation for eighteen years in consulting, sales, and technical design in its computer and networking division. There she consulted with clients applying systems principles to human workflow and was responsible for implementing Xerox, benchmark, total quality management tools. She conducted training modules for new-hire analysts at Xerox Document University and served as subject matter expert in process analysis and consulting technique. As a member of Xerox's corporate business reengineering process team, she piloted the training for Xerox's service-marked consulting methodology. Previously, at Marshall Field & Company, and later Hart Schaffner Marx & Co., Valerie was the first woman menswear buyer in a US department store conglomerate. In that role she managed the merchandising, selling training, and profitability for the 21-store chain, requiring travel and negotiation in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and England. She has facilitated a Portland area women's support group and continues her research on the impact of language on brain chemistry. She is currently writing the book I Know I Don't Know What I Don't Know which illustrates implementing linguistics to alleviate depression. Prior to her graduate work at PSU Valerie received her BA with high honors from the University of Illinois.
Prior to co-founding InspirationWorks, Roger was the Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of FirstLink Communications, Inc., a public company providing integrated communications services to multifamily residential developments. Earlier Roger was President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Payline Systems, Inc, a telecommunications company providing long distance operator services to the hospitality and lodging industries. As Vice President, Strategic Planning and Administration and later Vice President, Finance, Roger was a founding management member of Lattice Semiconductor, Inc. a semiconductor design, manufacturing and marketing company. At Deloitte & Touche Roger was a Partner and Director of Management Consulting Operations. One of only twenty partners responsible for managing the United States consulting practice, he also served on the Telecommunications Industry Consulting committee, was responsible for the firm's consulting to the cable television industry, and spoke at conferences in the United States and England. Roger's consulting experience includes strategic planning, most controllership and treasury functions, and data processing at both Deloitte & Touche and previously at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was Director of Financial and Accounting consulting and Director of Litigation Support consulting for the Chicago group of offices. Roger has a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. A Certified Public Accountant, Roger did postgraduate work in accounting in the Northwestern University Professional Accounting Program. Roger served on the Portland State University Foundation Board as a Director and Treasurer from 1982-1992.
Delivering practical tools to develop emotional intelligence in individuals and organizations!