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Val Whiting      

NCAAW Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist & Mental Health Advocate

Val Whiting is former ABL player, WNBA player and Stanford All-American. She has represented the USA Basketball on several occasions and in 2006 was named by ESPN Magazine a Top 25 Women's Basketball Player in the history of the NCAA. At Stanford, Val was a part of two NCAA championship teams, three Final Fours and won four Pac-10 Championships. In addition, she finished at Stanford as the Pac-10 all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Some of her honors include, two-time National Player of the Year Finalist, two-time All-American, Pac-10 Female Athlete of the Year and ESPY Award Nominee. Val was selected as a member of the ABL’s Inaugural All-Star team and left the ABL as one of a few players to score 1000 points. She was then drafted by the WNBA team, Detroit Shock. With Detroit, Val was among league leaders in rebounding and helped lead her team to their first ever play-off bid.

Whiting was awarded the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award and the Mayoral Award for Distinguished Citizen and Outstanding Service to Youth for her commitment to youth development.

Whiting also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Positive Coaching Alliance. Val strives to raise awareness about the obstacles women face within the sports industry. Because of Val’s struggles with mental health as an athlete, she is passionate about educating others about this issue through sharing her personal story. She hopes to use her platform to continue to empower, inspire and educate people all around the world.

Speech Topics


Mental Health Matters (Mindset)

Importance of Healthy Communication (Businesses)

Overcoming Adversity (Motivational)

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