Valerie Doherty, Owner & Chief Executive Officer
As Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Valerie Doherty oversees the human resources, benefits, legal and risk management departments of Doherty Employment Group. Her down-to-earth approach and savvy intellect have continued to nurture her winning attitude, inspiring individuals around her to strive for success in everything they do. Valerie continues to demonstrate a true passion for her profession and is always eager to embrace a new technology or resource for continued company advancement or opportunity.
Valerie earned her BA from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. Valerie is a member of various organizations including the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the American Staffing Association (ASA), The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) and the Minnesota State Bar Association.
She has been named the National Association of Women Business Owners Businesswoman of the Year, the St. Cloud State University Alumni of the Year and the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Valerie has been featured on the Who’s Who: The Staffing 100 list by Staffing Industry Review and was also honored by the Minnesota Family Business Awards Committee as the Female Executive of the Year, while her company (Doherty Employment Group) received the Emerging Award the same year. Additionally, she was recently bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Minnesota chapter.
Under her management and leadership, Doherty Employment Group has been listed in Working Woman Magazine’s 500 Largest Women-Owned Businesses in the United States, Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest-Growing Companies in America (twice), as well as The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s list of Largest Woman-Owned, Top 25 Women Owned, Fastest-Growing Private and Most Productive Businesses in Minnesota. The company was also the first employment agency to receive the Minnesota Business Ethics Award. Doherty is also a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and also has obtained Workers’ Compensation Risk Certification.
When she’s not working, Valerie enjoys family activities and playing tennis.