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Valerie Roman

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VII


Valerie Roman

Valerie Roman

Valerie Roman was the director of technology at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where she also served as president of the Eight-Schools Technology Directors Association. Before joining Andover’s faculty, she was the first information technology director for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts and served as the vice president of the Massachusetts Government Information Systems Association. Under her leadership, Cambridge became the second city in the country to introduce a website and electronic city hall. Prior to her success in Cambridge, she was the director of systems analysis and design for the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, DC.

Valerie has also been an active member of numerous professional associations, including: the National Association of Female Executives, the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the American Association of University Women. Her accomplishments have been recognized in The Wall Street Journal, ComputerWorld, and the Boston Globe.

Now semi-retired after more than 30 years as a technology manager, Valerie provides consulting services to municipalities and schools. Valerie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Wellesley College, with triple majors in mathematics, economics, and education. She recently published a book titled Hat Trick: The Essential Playbook for Career, Family, and Personal Balance, a fun and fact-filled playbook about juggling family, career, and personal well-being. Visit for further information.


Valerie Roman
Municipal Resources, Inc.

My Story

My Story

Victory Reimagined

Valerie knew early in life that she wanted it all—the career, the family, and to be healthy and happy—but she wanted to define success on her own terms and to not try to live up to some ideal. For the next four decades, she researched and gathered tips from everywhere she could, to help her past life’s next hurdle. Now, semi-retired with time for reflection, Valerie has accomplished her goals: she’s healthy and happy, has had a 35-year successful career in technology management, and has a terrific husband and two grown sons. Now, she wants to share what she has learned with other women who want a balanced life.

Jackie Simmons

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume V

RESILIENT WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

Jackie Simmons

Being a Secret Can Suck Your Life & Your Business Down the Drain

Removing the “Cloak of Invisibility” from her business skyrocketed Jackie Simmons from Secret to Success in 7 Months. BUT it didn’t start out that way.

There’s nothing like being an entrepreneur/business owner to stir up an emotional mess!

For Jackie, being a single parent at the same time brought her smack up against mental and emotional blocks that shut her down every time she made progress. These inner saboteurs sat on her phone so she couldn’t make sales calls and distracted her so she couldn’t focus and finish projects. They trashed her hard work and torpedoed her relationships.

It was through learning to permanently resolve her own inner blocks that the Total Success Mindset system was born. Jackie used the system to help herself, and then her clients, go From Secret to Success in record time.

Since the 1980s, Jackie has been helping small business owners and entrepreneurs tame the inner saboteurs that trample their profits and productivity and suck their sanity down the drain. In her book Your Path From Secret to Success, Jackie guides you through 7 simple steps to a Total Success Mindset – the quickest, most reliable path to becoming the Calm, Focused, Profit-Making Success that you were always meant to be.

Jackie Simmons
From Secret To Success

My Story

No Place Left to Hide

It’s hard enough to build a successful business as a woman working on your own.  It’s virtually impossible if you’re determined to stay safely invisible while you’re doing it!

That was Jackie Simmons … for 30 years.

Until one day she made a decision that launched her on a rocket ride from Secret to Success in just 7 months.

Along the way she discovered a cure for the emotional self-sabotage that kept her hidden and afraid … a quick path from Secret to Success, so no one else has to take 30 years to get there.

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Susan M. Sparks

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume III

STRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.


Susan M. Sparks

Susan M. Sparks is a writer, photographer, and author of The Student Life Jacket.
A story teller from an early age, Susan self-published her first book about wild horses in the 5th grade. She continued creating compelling content earning a B.S. degree in Photojournalism from Ball State University.

As the wife of a naval officer, she moved around the world to exotic locations, such as Sicily and Guam, and the not-so tropical Maryland and Illinois, observing, recording and reporting on the people and places. She adapted her talents to fit the location, working as a freelance writer, wedding photographer and Navy Public Affairs contractor punctuated by motherhood and a smattering of curious and quirky gigs in between.

Susan describes moving around the world, discovering new cultures, and keeping a family organized as an out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire training program that included volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and super typhoons along with the continual upheaval of several military moves.

Back home again in Indiana, Susan provides ghostwriting, editing services and encouragement to entrepreneurs, aspiring authors, and business owners through her company, ASAP Writing Services. Her book, The Student Life Jacket, is an organizer with a slice of motherly advice for college students and young adults.


Susan M. Sparks
ASAP Writing Services








The Riches in a Rag-Tag Resume

Every time I’d get settled, it was time to move – and for a young professional woman, it meant another dreaded gap in my resume. It was that carefully crafted quilt of abilities and accolades meant to emphasize my qualities and value as a worthwhile worker bee. Despite five and ten year plans, vision boards, and affirmations for success, I barely kept a job for more than three years. While others were getting raises and promotions, I was unpacking boxes in Sicily or riding out a typhoon on Guam. What I feared was my greatest shortcoming; my rag-tag resume, became my richest reward.




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