Speaker Profile

Valerie Barker Waller
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer / YMCA of the USA

Valerie Barker Waller is an SVP and the chief marketing and communications officer for YMCA of the USA, where she’s responsible for strengthening and enhancing the brand through strategic marketing and communications efforts, national partnerships, public engagement, and collaboration with YMCAs across the country.

Previously, Ms. Waller oversaw branding, marketing, positioning communications, and design efforts for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. She also led brand marketing communications at United Airlines, served as the director of marketing and communications for Chicago 2016, and was the VP of marketing and public relations for the Museum of Science and Industry. Additionally, Ms. Waller held various positions at Ameritech and provided strategic advertising leadership at Leo Burnett.

Ms. Waller received her undergraduate degree in finance and business economics from the University of Notre Dame and earned an M.B.A. at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.