I'm Valerie Casey.
Over the past two decades, I've had the privilege of leading great teams building successful products, services, and businesses. I love challenging assumptions, shaping new behaviors, and changing markets.

I am the head of design at Walmart where we create digital and store experiences for customers and employees. Before Walmart, I worked on product strategy with Magic Leap, connecting rural villages around the world to the internet with Mozilla, advising Malala Fund on brand strategy, launching Creative Power Day, and blending behavioral science and design to make healthcare products for young people with HopeLab. I also advised tech startups in health, education, and sustainability in the US and abroad.

Previously, I was Chief Product Officer at Samsung NEXT, where I provided strategic product guidance for startups across our accelerator, investment, and acquisition portfolios. I was also the co-founding head/GM of the Samsung Accelerator where I identified, funded, and advised early-stage startups.


Before Samsung, I ran the innovation consultancy and think tank Necessary Projects, based in San Francisco. We worked primarily in the US and Asia on innovation initiatives bringing large corporations together with the startup community around social impact and health. Prior to Necessary Projects, I was Head of Digital at IDEO, Global Executive Creative Director of Design Research and Design Strategy at frog, and Associate Partner/Director of Interaction Design at Pentagram.

I founded the Designers Accord, the coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders working together to create positive social and environmental impact. The Designers Accord has helped advance the conversation around the ethics, practices, and responsibilities of the creative community. Over half a million people from 100 countries have engaged in more than 60 events and projects as part of the Designers Accord.

I am a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

I've been named a “Guru” of the year by Fortune magazine, a “Hero of the Environment” by TIME magazine, a “Master of Design” by Fast Company, one of the “World’s Most Influential Designers” by Businessweek, and a "Tech Titan" by The Irish Times.

I have spoken at Davos several times, keynoted at SXSW, European Trend Day, and PINC, and written for Fast Company, the Huffington Post, and Core77. My favorite topics are design, creativity, systems thinking, product, cultural change, and innovation.

I am on the Kleiner Perkins Design Council and the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. I previously held positions on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation, the Sustainable Brands Advisory Board, the Sanofi Customer Innovation Board, and the Japan Society Innovators Network.

I did my graduate work at Yale in critical theory, my undergrad at Swarthmore College in English, and I completed Major coursework in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.

You can reach me via LinkedIn.