Chief Innovation Consultant
The Pivotal Point
The cofounding and building of the DMZ (named the number one University Business incubator in North America by the time she left 5 years later) sparked Val’s mission to enable thriving entrepreneurial communities of communities locally, nationally and internationally. Val has since continued that mission through the founding of The Pivotal Point, which helps others to grow community- based incubators worldwide.
Val has over 30 years in the digital world, where she started a graphic design business, and was then recruited by IBM to be part of their innovation intrapreneurial network, where she led design teams for enterprise software design, was awarded 5 patents, including one for the Universal Shopping Cart for the Web (in the top 5% of IBM patents), and was creative director for large event sites such as The Sydney Olympics.