“Val believed in me when no one else did, including myself. I was a dreamer before I started working with Val. I had so many dreams for myself and what my life could be, but never believed that it was possible or knew how to get there. Val taught me the tools and showed me the steps to take so I could start taking immediate action to make my dreams become my reality. She has changed every aspect of my life for the better; I just competed in a triathlon, my side  … Read More

 -Kelly Jurecko  Chicago, IL

“As a business owner it is important to me to invest in myself on a regular basis. In the past I have invested in books, seminars and other coaching programs, but working with Val has fast become the best investment in myself that I have made. It’s hard to put a value on the sessions that we have because they span so much and reach into all corners of my life – from personal through to business. Val is incredibly perceptive, her emotional intelligence is through the roof… Read More

-Amir B.  London, England

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Valerie Groth

CEO and Founder, Valerie Groth LLC
Life Coach
Host of the Inspiration With Val Podcast
Motivational Speaker
THRIVE Co-founder
Nonprofit Founder and Executive Director of Ryan Banks Academy

What inspires you?

This sounds a bit cheesy but it’s true – I find inspiration everywhere!  I love that through my podcast, I get to be inspired from all walks of life from Nik Toocheck the 9 year old who is raising money for a charity by running marathons on every continent to Dr. Elana Miller, a brilliant integrative psychiatrist who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 31, to Whitney Miller who is the former Miss USA who changed courses and is now an MMA champion.  I love learning about other peoples’ stories and experiences and learning from them so that I can become the best version of myself.  I also love my amazing clients who inspire me each and every day!

What is something on your bucket list?

I would love to travel all over the world, but one of the top places on my list is to visit Africa, and also Greece because my parents met there – and I hear it is spectacular!  However, the #1 goal I would be most proud to accomplish is something I am currently working on which is to build Chicago’s first boarding school .

What is a fun fact about you most people don't know?

I can count to ten in 5 languages (English, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Arabic).

If you could have any SuperPower, what would you choose and why?

I would love to give everyone in the world the ability to take action through fear so that they can create a life they love – so many people get held back by fear and resistance and feel stuck as a result.

What is your favorite food?

Salad!  And chocolate.  I am happy to eat a salad three meals a day, but I also couldn’t live without a warm brownie with ice cream!

How do you Carpe Diem Daily?

I wake up thrilled to be doing what I do for a living – I feel like I have the best job in the world!  I also try to focus on my ultimate vision for my life and what type of impact I want to have on the world, and that keeps me going no matter what obstacles I find along the way.

Joelle Samples

Health Coach and Mercier {infertility} Therapist, yinRoot
THRIVE Co-founder

What inspires you?

We live in a very fast-paced world, full of information, and sometimes it’s hard to know what is really the truth. I love seeing my clients light up when they realize that they don’t have to fit into a certain mold or believe something just because it is someone else’s truth. Helping my clients to have the confidence they need in order to bust through  “societal norms” is such a HUGE inspiration to me….and seeing how it changes their life makes me so happy!

What is something on your bucket list?

Travel. Anywhere and everywhere. I have a huge desire to explore and understand different cultures and ways of life. This place we call home, is absolutely breathtaking to me!

What is a fun fact about you most people don't know?

When I was a little girl, I always told everyone that I wanted to be a {food} demo lady at a grocery store. Hilarious, I know!

If you could have any SuperPower, what would you choose and why?

I would choose the power of mindfulness. Being mindful of every moment in life, while challenging, can have such huge benefits on our lives. It has certainly changed mine!

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food that I am beyond obsessed with is spicy food. I usually eat a jalapeno, habanero or Serrano with every meal!

How do you Carpe Diem Daily?

Mindfulness. It’s as simple as that. Learning to be grateful and mindful for each moment I get to experience has been a game-changer for me.

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Mae Salvador

Executive Assistant

What inspires you?

I’ve learned that inspiration is everywhere. I get a lot of inspiration from my family and friends. My inspiration for my career is to optimize and improve to be more logical and systematic, both in my thinking and contribution to others. I find loads of inspiration  through reading inspirational quotes and what’s really wonderful is that when I share them, I may also have the opportunity to inspire other people as well.

What is something on your bucket list?

My biggest dream in life is to travel the world with my family.

What is a fun fact about you most people don't know?

I LOVE shopping!

If you could have any SuperPower, what would you choose and why?

The power to read minds.   I can’t  imagine what would life be if humans had a a super power like this.

What is your favorite food?

Beef steak!!!

How do you Carpe Diem Daily?

Whenever I am feeling down and uncreative, I am always reminded by the thought, “I am one, still I am one, I cannot do everything but still I can do something, but because I cannot do everything I won’t refuse to do something I can do!” THEN MY BEST WORK COMES OUT!

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“I just had my first session with Val and can honestly say it was such a turning point for me!! In the space of an hour Val made me think about all potential services I could offer in my new business…Read More

Laura (United Kingdom)

“If I had to describe my experience working with Valerie in two words, I would say it has been PERFECT and I am GRATEFUL.

Valerie has been sent to me as an angel.

Recently I have had some of the worst challenges in my health as well as dealing with traumatic experiences in my personal life with loved ones. I am sooo grateful for being able…Read More

Grace (Los Angeles, California)

“I love the time I spend with Valerie. I have really gotten a lot of new insights from our calls together… I especially enjoy the biggest insight at the end! I feel a great amount of support and availability between our calls, and the resources that she sends me. Read More

Nadine (Denver, Colorado)

“I have nothing but fantastic things to say about working with Valerie! I really wasn’t sure what life coaching would be like, but after being coached by Val I can honestly say that the experience has been life changing. Thanks to Val I have made remarkable improvements in my health and…Read More

Diane (Chicago, Illinois)

“Where should I begin – I have so many great things I want to tell the world about working with Val! I really appreciate the accountability factor, and I am immensely better at staying on track and working towards my goals, knowing that she is there for me and believes in me.

I’ve always been a pretty goal-driven person. However, Val has gently pushed me and encouraged me in a supportive way that has allowed me to accomplish so many amazing…Read More

Terry (Ft. Worth, Texas)

As a business owner it is important to me to invest in myself on a regular basis. In the past I have invested in books, seminars and other coaching programs, but working with Val has fast become the best investment in myself that I have made. It’s hard to put a value on the sessions…Read More

Amir B. (London, England)

“Val believed in me when no one else did, including myself. I was a dreamer before I started working with Val. I had so many dreams for myself and what my life could be, but never believed that it was possible or knew how to get there. Val taught me the tools…Read More

Kelly Jurecko, Chicago, IL

When I first started coaching with Val, I was going through a very difficult time in my life.  I was feeling stuck in several areas and lacked clear direction on how to pull myself out of the rut that I was in.  Val helped me to define my priorities and set actionable goals.  Throughout the process, she also kept me accountable and prevented me from sabotaging myself with excuses or procrastination.  After a short time… Read More

Jacqueline B. (Chicago, IL)