Valerie Topete has managed to bike her way to the top of her career. With an unending drive for success, Topete began her life in a typical New York fashion: broke with no job and living in a ridiculously expensive one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx. Topete didn’t let any of these challenges hold her down as she relentlessly fought to create a business. For the next three years, Topete worked as a freelance courier searching the Internet for job opportunities.
Her dedication to her customers, fast response and delivery times, and courteous nature earned her the respect of her clients. As Topete better learned to navigate the city and built her clientele, she saw her business grow. Her hardworking spirit did not go unnoticed by others, and an unsuspecting meeting between her and a client resulted in a new job and an invitation for date. Seven years later, Topete is married and has two boys.
Trying to balance the life of a top bike courier in one of the busiest cities in the world with the daily trials and tribulations of a small family living in Brooklyn has been a challenge that Topete took head on. Her success as a mother and professional is the results of careful planning. Topete believes that a dependable schedule prepares the family for the day by clearly knowing what to expect. Balancing the children’s school schedule and extracurricular activities, along with her job and hobbies and her husband’s responsibilities, takes a team effort. Her supportive husband understands the needs of his family and helps to contribute to the flow of the family activities.
Topete knows that one of the ways of successfully balancing these responsibilities is the ability to multitask. She has proven this technique time-and-time again as she uses her days out and about in the city delivering packages and parcels as opportunity to explore new venues and subjects for her photography business. Topete also manages to involve her children in her business, and uses play time with them as an opportunity to practice her photography as well.
Topete is also well aware that the success of a family depends on her sanity as well. She makes sure to take time for herself, and had been competing in relay races across the city. The boys love the one-on-one time with their dad, and they enjoy mapping out the routes of the races. Topete knows she can count on seeing her three boys at some point during the race, cheering her on from the sidelines. Everyone knows that being a mom and working fulltime is a challenging endeavor. Valerie Topete is a great example of a dedicated woman, both to her job, hobbies, and family.