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Valerie Alexander

Valerie Alexander is the author of acclaimed self-help book, "Happiness as a Second Language," and the founder and head writer of the popular blog, Speak Happiness. A working screenwriter since 2001, Valerie has written for Joel Schumacher, Catherine Zeta Jones, Ice Cube, and others. She directed the award-winning short film Making the Cut, and is the creator, producer and director of “The Wedding Matters,” “Say I Do,” and “Life Support,” three successful commercial campaigns in support of marriage equality. Prior to becoming a writer-director and author, Valerie was a corporate securities lawyer, an investment banker and an Internet executive in the Silicon Valley. Valerie received her B.A. from Trinity University and her J.D. and M.S. degrees from U.C., Berkeley. She recently returned to Berkeley Law to teach "Representation of Law in Film," and she continues to lecture around the country with her entertaining talks, "How Women Can Succeed in Hollywood (Despite Having Female Brains)" and “Speak Happiness! A Workshop for Learning Happiness as a Second Language.”