SPOTLIGHT

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!

NEWS

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 Young Women and Money Conference 2016

Join us for our 9th Annual YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Young Women & Money Conference being held on Saturday, December  3, 2016!  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

WE ARE SOLD OUT.  We apologize and won’t be able to accept any registrations or payments at the door.  We hope you can join us next year.

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

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON SPEAKERS, AGENDA, WORKSHOPS!

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. 
Frances Dinkelspiel | Caille Millner | Terry Gooch Ross | Canyon Sam

Eventbrite - 23rd Annual YWCA Festival of Women Authors

Other Registration Options:

By Phone: 510-848-6370
In Person: YWCA, 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704
By Mail: Complete registration form (you can download brochure here) with a check made out to YWCA.  Further instructions on brochure.
 
FWA Brochure 2017 printable version. Download here.
 
Includes continental breakfast, lunch, four speakers, book sales and autographing sessions.  For more information 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

Career Coaching 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 career@ywca-berkeley.org.

 

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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Festival of Women Authors

Saturday, February 4

 
23rd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WOMEN AUTHORS
FEBRUARY 4, 2017
 
H’s Lordships, Berkeley Marina
Join us for four authors and their stories.
 
Frances Dinkelspiel | Caille Millner | Terry Gooch Ross | Canyon Sam
 
 
Includes continental breakfast, lunch, four speakers, book sales and autographing sessions.

Eventbrite - 23rd Annual YWCA Festival of Women Authors

By Phone: 510-848-6370
In Person: YWCA, 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704
By Mail: Complete registration form (you can download brochure here) with a check made out to YWCA.  Further instructions on brochure.

FWA Brochure 2017 printable version. Download here.

Authors in Past Years:

1995
Bebe Moore Campbell
Anne Lamott
Joanne Meschery
Belle Yang
1996
Octavia Butler
Ursula Hegi
Adair Lara
Marcia Muller
1997
Marybeth Bond
Dorothy Bryant
Terris Grimes
Gail Tsukiyama
1998
Chitra Divakaruni
Regina Marler
Frances Mayes
Sister Carol Anne O’Marie
1999
Margaret Cuthbert
Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Caroline Paul
Judith Merkle Riley
2000
Ella Leffland
Emmy Werner
Terry McMillan
Laurie King
2001
Dorothy Allison
Liza Dalby
Elizabeth Kim
April Sinclair
2002
Marion Cunningham
Terry Ryan
Rebecca Walker
Ayelet Waldman
2003
Wendy Lesser
Ruth Ozeki
Susanne Pari
Lalita Tademy
2004
Iris Chang
Elizabeth Fishel
Jane Juska
Joyce Carol Thomas

 

2005
J. California Cooper
Debra Ginsberg
Tess Uriza Holthe
Regina Louise
2006
Carol Field
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Linda Peterson
Karen Joy Fowler
2007
Grace Caroll
Elizabeth Rosner
Lisa See
Joanne Weir
2008
Opal Palmer Adisa
Firoozeh Dumas
Cara Black
Emily Rapp
2009
Helen Zia
Marta Acosta
Clair Hope Cummings
Marie Simmons
Dorothy Clemens
2010
Bonnie Tsui
Michelle Richmond
Vivienne Sosnowski
Dana Whitaker
2011
Carolina De Robertis
Sara Houghteling
Vicki Ward
Jacqueline Winspear
2012
Bo Caldwell
Belva Davis
Nafisa Haji
Peggy Orenstein
2013
Patricia Powell
Susan Snyder
Sonia Taitz
Penny Warner
2014
Patricia Bracewell
Kelly Corrigan
Anjuelle Ford
Liz Jasper
2015
Katie Hafner
Yang Huang
Yiyun Li
Ann Parker
2016
Julia Flynn Siler
Adrienne McDonnell
Renee Swindle
Gail Tsukiyama