Val Machado is an educational leader, consultant and lecturer. She is an enthusiast of social ideas proposed by the philosopher, educator and artist, Rudolf Steiner. In the last two decades, Val has dedicated herself to making such ideas and ideals a reality through social development of schools and communities throughout North and South America. In the educational and philanthropic institutions where she has worked, Val has introduced an organizational development model known as Collaborative Spiritual Partnership, which is built upon the understanding of the social processes and the stages of development of relationships and partnerships, connected to life processes and social laws as presented by Rudolf Steiner. She has worked as a Director, Coach, Manager and Coordinator to promote Collaborative Spiritual Partnership with many schools across the Americas using the life processes and the 7 Stages of Partnership with parents, teachers and schools communities, including the Waldorf School in Brooklyn, NY, the NYC Department of Education, and Fordham University. In addition to school based work, she is the Founder and a member of the Advisory Board of the Avalon Initiative, an Independent Think Tank for Education Renewal in the US. For her long standing track record of volunteer work as well as professional service in the United States, she was awarded the New York City Award for Educational Leadership Recognition; she is a spokesperson for the Alliance for Quality Education; a member of PENNY, the Progressive Educators Network of New York; and founder of the Rising Generation Scholarship Fund in the United States. Val earned an MBA in finance from IBMEC in Rio de Janeiro and a master's degree in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development from Sunbridge College, New York, USA. She has trained in Handwork Teaching at Sunbridge, Movement Therapy, at the Spacial Dynamics Institute and Anthroposophical Studies in English at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. Currently, Val is the Pedagogic Administrator at the Waldorf Rudolf Steiner School in São Paulo, Brazil.