Bay Area Coaching

Empowering and guiding leaders and stakeholders to infuse social justice values and principles across all organizational functions through education, coaching and facilitation.

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Financial Literacy for Teens: Online/LIVE interactive workshop

November 7 & 14, 2020

10am-12pm PST


For young people, ages 13+ years

Get started EARLY with financial goal setting and investment education so you can realize a secure future.

Topics covered include:

  • Goal Setting

  • Tracking Your Money

  • Basics of Financial Planning

  • Investing 101

  • Credit Card Literacy​

Cost: $100 per person. 


Elizabeth Husserl, Financial Planner, Conversations with Money


Cornelia Sylvester, Equity Coach, Bay Area Coaching

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For Organizations:

Capital Campaign Planning


Leadership Development

Community Engagement

Equitable Hiring

Mission Alignment


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Past Events


Harnessing Privilege for Equity and Justice

May 16, 23 & 30, 2019

In this workshop, we will explore how to recognize our personal privileges and how to use it to interrupt the status quo in real time. We will also examine our own blockages to taking action, including the real and perceived risks associated with those actions. This is an interactive workshop: role plays and small-group discussions will be included. Applicable for workplace, social events, activism, community organizing and everyday settings.

Goal: Participants will be able to employ strategies to become active allies, to be able to interrupt bias and discrimination in their everyday life experiences. This workshop is designed for all adults.

Facilitated by Laura Goldberger, MFT and Cornelia Sylvester, MA, CPC

Panel Discussion: The Future Sustainability of Independent Schools

April 9, 2019

Local DEI Practitioners, Britt Anderson, Jules Greene, Jeremiah J. Jackson and & Tamisha Williams discuss the opportunities, challenges and sustainability of the independent school model.

Moderated by Cornelia Sylvester


About Cornelia Sylvester

Principal Consultant, Bay Area Coaching

Cornelia Sylvester, MA, is a Certified Professional Coach who works with leaders and stakeholders, facilitating and stewarding teams to develop and employ equity-informed practices and policies. Ultimately, her work is in service of building a world that values and improves the quality of life and livelihood for people furthest from access and opportunity.

Cornelia serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Human and Social Development (IHSD), helping to expand early childhood education supports and resources. She has served as a member and co-chair of Creative Reaction Lab (CRXLAB), a trustee for Park Day School, a member of the Children’s Support League of the East Bay and a mentor and volunteer for Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Cornelia grew up in the California East Bay and attended local public schools. While pursuing her BA in Ethnic Studies at Mills College, she worked for Upward Bound as residential director, teacher and mentor. It was then that she formed her commitment to supporting children, students and families. She holds a Master’s in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California and has worked in both the public and private sectors. She is a mother of 3 and resides in Oakland.


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