About the Author


Valentina Janek has had a variety of corporate, community, human resources, recruiting,and consulting positions in the field of financial marketing, media-public relations, publishing, technology, human resources, fundraising and event management.   Currently, Ms Janek works as a Marketing Guru Consultant, Career Coach, and a Mid Life Advocate, and educates many individuals and organizations of unique trainings as business development officer with QS2 Training & Consulting and Save-a-Life with QS2.

Previously she spent two years at the County of Nassau Housing Unit developing the Employment Assistance Resource Network.  Previously, she worked as a marketing maven in the financial industry.  Prior to the financial world, Valentina worked as the Administrative Operations Manager at CMP Media which has always been considered her dream job during her career.  Prior to CMP, Valentina worked in corporate management at Compaq Computer-Hewlett Packard. Her career spans over decades starting with Vernitron Corporation, as a representative for investor relations.

Valentina Janek is the President & Founder of the Long Island Breakfast Club, an organization providing referrals for small, medium, and large business owners, positivity, advocacy, support, career counseling for middle income mid life jobseekers, business networking, social preneuring, and advocacy and tips for senior citizens.  She also credits the time she spends with students attending high school and college her most enjoyable mentor hours teaching the roles of community service to all who want to make a difference, and plan for their future.

A self described socialpreneur networker, leader, media maven promoting paying it forward on Long Island working on different and unique projects.  A very powerful and emotional women who believes in the good old fashioned back to basic principles of life.  Her big world includes a plethora of wonderful family, a committed circle of friends, dedicated members of the Long Island Breakfast Club and many writers who contributed their stories to this book.  One of her most valuable ideas in keeping on track, is to keep her dance card full, by staying motivated in the community. As a member of The Sons of Italy Womens Division Lodge 2344A in Lynbrook, she continues to be a vibrant part of the community.

Ms. Janek is frequently called upon with regard to her community outreach experience on Long Island.  Janek was a featured guest on The Anderson Cooper Show on CNN Series, CBS News and several radio stations discussing the current turbulent times for professionals during their careers.  She is frequently called upon for with regard to her work in community efforts  which touch the lives of special individuals on Long Island, recently with Anderson Cooper’s Money & Main Street Focus,  ABC Now, NBC,  Channel 12 News, and The God Squad, Channel 29  and  Jobline and Cablevision’s  “Our Town” Series. 

 Valentina is sought out as a facilitator and inspirational speaker at schools, universities, community organizations and professional businesses.

An “It Girl” is an attractive young woman, generally a celebrity, who is perceived to have both sex appeal and a personality that is especially engaging. The expression it girl originated in British upper-class society around the turn of the 20th century. It reached global attention in 1927, with the popularity of the Paramount Studio Film It, starring Clara Bow. In the earlier usage, a woman was especially perceived as an It girl if she had achieved a high level of popularity without flaunting her sexuality. Today the term is used more to apply simply to fame and beauty.

As that old saying goes, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.” Why? I was just given another fortuitous opportunity to work with BOLD Magazine. I take this as a sign that my lifelong desire to communicate will continue. In the past few months, I have shared my stories with many individuals who have crossed some monumental barriers for a number of different reasons. Some have had issues with their age and lost jobs, others have had a crisis with their health, some feel discriminated against because of their size, and I can go on and on with other examples. I take this opportunity with Christopher Saluti at BOLD Magazine as yet another stepping stone at the ripe old age of 66! Thirteen years ago, after losing my job in the tech media niche of corporate America, I had a major change in my life. I needed to reinvent myself using the experience I had garnered over the years and had to compensate for the fact that I was no longer in my prime professionally. Some days were difficult but one thing we can all relate to is that you sometimes have to make lemonade out of lemons. Besides having a positive attitude, sharing with others was enlightening – from storytelling, interview scenarios, and volunteer opportunities. It is important to network with like-minded individuals. It can be restorative to your health, frame-of-mind, and career. For me, it opened my world to a plethora of people, places, and things. It changed my future and it can change yours. Your story can wind up healing your own issues, but at the same time give permission to others to acknowledge their own. As a result of this mindset, and the treasured individuals who became part of the Long Island Breakfast Club, “From Fired to Freedom” became a reality for me. Even though you did get that big bad boot, you can survive and you will. My favorite mantra is “Get Up, Get Dressed, Show Up!” Believe me, there were days when I thought it was time to make the donuts, but keeping involved, getting up, getting dressed, and showing up was the best daily medicine I could have received. And I still prescribe to that today! I look forward to sharing questions, stories, advice on many different subjects relating to your career, your fears, and your willingness to explore at any age. What are your thoughts?