Welcome to the YWCA Berkeley / Oakland!

Our three goals guiding all our work are the elimination of racism, the economic empowerment of women and the development of leaders.

We invite you to become a member, attend classes or volunteer in our many programs in: mentoring, leadership development, financial literacy, working with youth and empowerment.  To support us, you can make tax-deductible donations through PayPal. If you would like to join our membership or newsletter, we hope you will enroll today.  Thank you!


21st Annual Festival of Women Authors 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
H’s Lordships, Berkeley Marina

2015 Authors:
Katie Hafner | Yang Huang | Yiyun Li | Ann Parker

Join us for four authors and their stories.
$85 per person includes continental breakfast, lunch, four speakers, book sales and autographing sessions.  For more information click here.

NEW! Career Development Workshops

New at the YWCA! Goal setting and career ideas to kick off your new year. Workshop Presenter: Claire Marchiano, NBCC Certified Career Counselor.  

For complete list of workshops click here.

To register for all workshops, please call or visit the YWCA in person.  All workshops held at the YWCA.  (510) 848-6370 or e-mail

Dance / Fitness Classes and Schedule Available!

The new series of dance/fitness classes are now available and open for registration. Sign up online today!

For dance and fitness classes, click here.


YWCA Office Closures

The YWCA will be closed on the following dates:

  • Winter Holiday Break: Closed December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015. Re-open January 5, 2015 at 9AM.
  • Monday, January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Monday, February 16: Presidents’ Day holiday
  • Friday, March 27: Cesar Chavez Day holiday
  • Monday, May 25: Memorial Day holiday

Shadow Day

21st Annual YWCA Shadow Day at UC Berkeley
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Have a high school student shadow YOU for a day!  Cal students apply now to be a mentor!




YWCA Young Women and Money Conference 2014

Join us for our 7th ANNUAL YWCA BERKELEY/OAKLAND YOUNG WOMEN AND MONEY CONFERENCE being held on SATURDAY, DECEMBER  6, 2014!  This conference will help you gain financial independence and success.

“Before I had a lot of fear about my finances and just avoided it because it was so overwhelming and now I have the courage to start getting them under control.” – 2012 Participant

“This conference has changed my relationship and attitude towards money! I’m excited to start!” – 2012 Participant

“Keep the conferences coming because they really help and inspire!” – 2012 Participant

Conference Includes:

  • Fantastic Keynote Speakers
  • Two workshops of your choice
  • 3-course lunch
  • Raffle prizes
  • Financial Resources and giveaways
  • And more!
  • Chances to win many great prizes including $100 Target Gift Cards


125th Anniversary Cocktail Gala

You’re invited to celebrate with us!
125th YWCA Anniversary Cocktail Gala
Traveling Through Time
125 years of eliminating racism and empowering women
Saturday, May 31, 2014
6:30 – 10 PM
YWCA Berkeley/Oakland 
  • Live and Silent Auction
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • No host Bar
  • Door prizes



Festival of Women Authors

Saturday, January 31

JANUARY 31, 2015
H’s Lordships, Berkeley Marina
Join us for four authors and their stories.

Katie Hafner
Yang Huang
Yiyun Li
Ann Parker
$85 per person includes continental breakfast, lunch, four speakers, book sales and autographing sessions.

Authors in Past Years:

Bebe Moore Campbell
Anne Lamott
Joanne Meschery
Belle Yang
Octavia Butler
Ursula Hegi
Adair Lara
Marcia Muller
Marybeth Bond
Dorothy Bryant
Terris Grimes
Gail Tsukiyama
Chitra Divakaruni
Regina Marler
Frances Mayes
Sister Carol Anne O’Marie
Margaret Cuthbert
Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Caroline Paul
Judith Merkle Riley
Ella Leffland
Emmy Werner
Terry McMillan
Laurie King
Dorothy Allison
Liza Dalby
Elizabeth Kim
April Sinclair
Marion Cunningham
Terry Ryan
Rebecca Walker
Ayelet Waldman
Wendy Lesser
Ruth Ozeki
Susanne Pari
Lalita Tademy
Iris Chang
Elizabeth Fishel
Jane Juska
Joyce Carol Thomas


J. California Cooper
Debra Ginsberg
Tess Uriza Holthe
Regina Louise
Carol Field
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Linda Peterson
Karen Joy Fowler
Grace Caroll
Elizabeth Rosner
Lisa See
Joanne Weir
Opal Palmer Adisa
Firoozeh Dumas
Cara Black
Emily Rapp
Helen Zia
Marta Acosta
Clair Hope Cummings
Marie Simmons
Dorothy Clemens
Bonnie Tsui
Michelle Richmond
Vivienne Sosnowski
Dana Whitaker
Carolina De Robertis
Sara Houghteling
Vicki Ward
Jacqueline Winspear
Bo Caldwell
Belva Davis
Nafisa Haji
Peggy Orenstein
Patricia Powell
Susan Snyder
Sonia Taitz
Penny Warner
Patricia Bracewell
Kelly Corrigan
Anjuelle Ford
Liz Jasper
Katie Hafner
Yang Huang
Yiyun Li
Ann Parker