Valerie Alexander

Author, Speaker, Screenwriter & Happiness Docent


Valerie Alexander is the author of "Happiness as a Second Language," and the founder and head writer of

Valerie started her career in the Silicon Valley in the late 1990s, where she worked on some of the most important transactions of the decade as a securities lawyer, an investment banker and an Internet executive. From 2000 to 2001, she returned to Indiana to care for her mother, and in her absence the Internet bubble burst, leaving her no choice but to move to Los Angeles to write and direct movies.

As a screenwriter, Valerie has worked with Joel Schumacher, Catherine Zeta Jones, Ice Cube and others. Not satisfied writing scripts that never got made, she co-wrote, produced and 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.

Valerie 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 the Workplace (Despite Having Female Brains)" and “Speak Happiness! A Workshop for Learning Happiness as a Second Language.”