Valante M. Grant is the founder of The byDesign Network. She has built a network that encompasses media, audio/video production, graphic design and training. As a Creative Strategist, Valante uses her network to help people creatively deliver key messages with precision and authenticity.

An active member of the TED community, Valante is a TEDx event organizer and Speaker. She organized TEDxBolingbrook Women and was a speaker at TEDxBolingbrookYouth. She hosted the inaugural TED in Cinema event for TED2016 and continues to host TED Opening Night, TED Prize and TED Highlights events for the TED Cinemas initiative.

A passionate writer, Valante is a contributing writer for Union Gospel Press. She writes for the young adult publications and feature articles for pre-teen take home papers. Other publications include: the Eventbrite blog, the Blognobbers global blogging community, the Trendsetters to Trendsetters Magazine (Atlanta), The Urban Release (Las Vegas) and the Project Eve website. An accomplished journalist, she has been recognized as the top columnist for Examiner.com nationwide and consistently ranked among the top 5 during her 4 year tenure. Valante authored three columns: Chicago City Guide Examiner, Chicago African American Community Examiner and Chicago Home-Based Business Examiner.

The Evolution is Valante's platform to bring exposure to individuals who are making a positive impact on society. It was inspired by her special guest appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s LifeClass. She conducts interviews, facilitates trainings and shares inspiring stories via the Evolution blog. Valante has presented 2 workshops at the Black Women’s Expo: The Evolution of the Black Woman in America and The Evolved Singled Parent.

Valante is committed to mentoring young people academically, socially and spiritually. A member of the Board of Directors for Project EDGE (Enhancing Development & Growth through Education) , she coaches the speech ad debate group. She has served as career mentor for Proviso Math and Science Academy in Maywood, Illinois and Metropolitan Family Services on Chicago’s South side.

Her philosophy is that every human being is one of God’s designer originals. She uses her creativity to design a life that fulfills her purpose and helps others reach their destiny. Valante resides in the Chicago metropolitan area. Her inspiration is her daughter, Vanyce.
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