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Valerie Irick Rainford ’82

Valerie Irick Rainford '82 is a successful financial services executive turned award-winning author and speaker who dedicates her life to uplifting others by sharing her incredible story of perseverance. Her memoir, Until a Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman’s Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium” is internationally-read and changing lives all over the world from the United States to Australia, Japan and Kenya.

After graduating from SCA in 1982, Rainford went on to earn a B.A. in economics from Fordham University. She is a Financial Services Executive, and for over ten years, Valerie has served in a number of executive capacities within JPMorgan Chase. She currently is the Head of JP Morgan Chase’s industry-leading Diversity Advancement Strategies & Advancing Black Leaders Strategy. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the leading global organization of senior African-Americans in business, focused on building a pipeline of future black executives. She is the creator of a global girl’s initiative, I Will Reign, and is co-founder and Board Chair of Black Women of Influence, a networking and development organization created in memory of her mother.

As an author, she was a finalist of the Benjamin Franklin Book Award “Best New Voice Nonfiction” Independent Book Publisher Association, and the book is also the namesake for Girl Scouts badge, “Until the Brighter Tomorrow”, created in Valerie’s honor. To learn more about Valerie, please visit www.valerierainford.com.