Nicole Valentine Founder, Synergy Business Development

Nicole Valentine quarterbacks visionary teams on their journey to the big game: a merger, acquisition, strategic partnership or expansion. As a fourth generation entrepreneur, Valentine learned early to enjoy the pursuit of innovation. Sweat equity met teamwork and Valentine's family saw the harvest as farmers, made lasting meaning as fashion designers, and spearheaded new outcomes as educators. Valentine's vision, her generation, is to provoke a growth revolution.

For over 10 years, Valentine has been invested in the game of growth. First as a key player at the Wall Street firms of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP practicing international M&A and securities, and later, at Cantor Fitzgerald as the Assistant General Counsel and Vice President executing acquisitions in emerging markets. Today, Valentine advises CEOs and Innovation Leads at Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and non-profits through game-changing deals using the Synergy Method, the proprietary business development system created by her management consultancy, Synergy Business Development, Inc.

Valentine's next play for entrepreneurs is a forthcoming strategy and growth App. In her quest to stir the entrepreneur's passion for exponential growth, Valentine has shared plays on media properties such as Bloomberg Law and BusinessWeek, American Express OPEN Forum, ARISE TV and My Beautiful Life. Nicole Valentine earned her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and her BA from American University. Valentine loves all things Harlem, serving on the Board of Directors of The Brotherhood-SisterSol, and collecting American and African Art.