Valerie Hawks is the spirited Head of Production and Sustainability at Interact Brands, a strategic design studio shepherding tomorrows brands. Valerie’s 15 years of print production experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm guides clients from bright eyed startups to courageous industry vets. She’s passionate in areas of the circular packaging economy that allow brands to maximize the sustainability of their packaging while minimizing their carbon footprint.
Facilitating connections and building community is in my DNA. I love to create opportunities and experiences that foster connective tissue between diverse groups to build stronger ecosystems. Currently, I do that through my work at Naturally Austin, a nonprofit that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, brands, retailers, and industry experts to make Austin the best place to launch and scale a natural products company.
I have 17+ years of experience in launching and scaling organizations and programs through partnerships, program and experience design / strategy, and community engagement. My strength lies in my ability to create and take ideas and make them a reality. I do this by connecting or creating new dots and sitting between multiple business disciplines to manage complexity, galvanize stakeholders, and drive bigger outcomes. I thrive in the gray and believe that the relationships that we have and the communities that we build around the work that we do is the key to how we sustain them.