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Bay Area Coaching

Empowering and guiding leaders and individuals to create vibrant, equitable and supportive environments.

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Bay Area Coaching

For Organizations:

Coaching leaders and managers to help create Vibrant, Equitable and Supportive Workplace, Learning and Playspace Environments.


DEI Training

Executive Coaching

Development Consulting

For Individuals:

Encouraging Healthy and Joyful Transitions in Career and Family.

To schedule an individual coaching session:


School Kids


California College of the Arts

Duck's Nest Preschool

Wu Yee Children's Services

Beyond 12

RYSE Youth Center

Youth Speaks 

Youth Leadership Institute
Piedmont Anti-Racism & Diversity Committee

City of Piedmont

Healthy Black Families

Accounting Career Awareness Program-SF

Modern Creative Office
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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 Izzi Early Education (formerly 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). With a lifelong passion for both the outdoors and Black History, she now volunteers as a Leader for Outdoor Afro.

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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Past Events


Open House

Friends and family came together to celebrate our new location.


For the Culture

Curated visit to the DeYoung Museum to tour Kehinde Wiley's Archeology of Silence exhibit

Tour arranged by Cornelia Sylvester

Introduction facilitated by Abram Jackson, Director of Interpretation


Panel Discussion: The Future Sustainability of Independent Schools

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

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Harnessing Privilege for Equity and Justice

In this workshop, participants learned to employ strategies to become active allies, to be able to interrupt bias and discrimination in their everyday life experiences. 

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

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3020 Ashby Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

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