Welcome to the YWCA Berkeley / Oakland!

The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, developing leaders and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation through PayPal. Please join our membership and sign up for our newsletter.  Thank you!


Career Development Workshops

Goal setting and ideas to kick start your career! Workshop Presenter: Claire Marchiano, NBCC Certified Career Counselor.  

For complete list of workshops click here.

Register Online For All Workshops or sign up at the front desk. 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:

  • Monday, September 5: Labor Day holiday
  • Friday, November 11: Veterans’ Day holiday
  • Thursday-Friday, November 24-25: Thanksgiving Day holiday
  • December 19, 2016 – January 3, 2017: Winter holiday break

23rd Annual Festival of Women Authors 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
H’s Lordships, Berkeley Marina
Join us for four authors and their stories. FWA Brochure 2017 printable version coming soon.
Includes continental breakfast, lunch, four speakers, book sales and autographing sessions.  For more information click here.

YWCA Kickoff to Summer Gala and Auction

You’re invited to celebrate with us!
YWCA Kickoff to Summer Gala and Auction
Saturday, June 4, 2016
6:30 – 10 PM
YWCA Berkeley/Oakland 
  • Live and Silent Auction
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • No host Bar
  • Door prizes

$50 per person.

YWCA Young Women and Money Conference 2015

Join us for our 8th Annual YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Young Women & Money Conference being held on Saturday, December  5, 2015!  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

“I attended the Young Women and Money Conference and it was incredibly inspiring. So much so that I now have a Roth IRA and have saved nearly $2,000!” – 2014 Participant

Conference Includes:

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



Career Development August Workshops

Monday, August 1 - Wednesday, August 31

Career Development August Workshops

See Below For All August Workshop Dates

Workshop Presenter: Claire Marchiano, NBCC Certified Career Counselor.
Register Online For All Workshops.  All workshops held at the YWCA.  (510) 848-6370 or e-mail to

AUGUST WORKSHOPS (Each workshop $10 members/$15 non-members unless noted.)

This workshop series can be taken individually or as a series. $10 members/$15 non-members per workshop. Member special: All workshops for $50.
  • TURNING YOUR CAREER DREAMS INTO REALITY | August 4th from 10:00-11:30am | Figure out fresh ideas for what you want and leave unstuck.
  • WORKING FOR A NONPROFIT | August 4th from 12:00-1:30pm | Identify jobs in the nonprofit sector, consider agencies from A to Z, and discover that working for a nonprofit could be for you.
  • HOW CAN I EARN WHAT I’M WORTH? | August 10th from 10:00-11:30am | Realize that you can promote your worth, practice useful phrases for salary negotiation and leave with resources and a plan.
  •  WORK IN YOUR 3RD QUARTER OF LIFE | August 10th from 12:00-1:30pm | Are you in your 40’s, 50’s. 60’s or 70’s? Let’s look at what matters to you, then dream and plan the future you want.
  • IDENTIFY YOUR CAREER STRENGTHS WITH KEIRSEY | August 11th from 10:00-11:30am |Take this temperament sorter & understand your profile. Expand your ideas about career fit. 
  • GET THE JOB YOU WANT | August 11th from 12:00-1:30pm |Assess your options and select. Utilize planned happenstance and move forward.
  • JOB SEARCH MARKETING STRATEGIES | August 17th from 10:00-11:30am | Develop your pitch, prepare to communicate what problems you can solve, consider additional ways to use social media and networking.
  • CREATING AN AGELESS RESUME | August 17th from 12:00-1:30pm | Aim for the job you want. Stress your strengths and minimize age traps.
  • SELECT AND SET YOUR CAREER GOALS | August 24th from 10:00-11:30am | Move from Few to Multiple Possibilities. Make a Plan to Move from Here to Where You Choose to Go.
  • WORKING USING YOUR INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE | August 24th from 12:00-1:30pm | Target employers that need your background and skills.
  • IDENTIFY YOUR TRANSFERABLE SKILLS | August 25th from 10:00-11:30am | Employ various techniques to identify your transferable skills. Brainstorm where those skills can lead you.
  • WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU? | August 25th from 12:00-1:30pm | Show your potential employer the value you bring.
  • FIND YOUR BEST EMPLOYER | August 31tst from 10:00-11:30am | Find out which companies are hiring, learn which jobs and industries are hot, expand where you look and explore new resources to use.
  • EXPLORE YOUR WORK CHOICES AT MIDLIFE | August 31st from 12:00-1:30pm | What do you want at this point in your life? What don’t you want? How do you find the work you feel called to do?