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Claire Williams, MBA

Certified Coach

Hi there, my name is Claire and I’d honored to be a part of your path of self-discovery. I specialize in supporting people who are interested in exploring the many benefits of coaching work to improve their overall quality of life. If you desire to feel greater awareness in your mind, clarity and tools to put your visions into practice then please join me! I offer the following services: coaching through one-on-one where together we can work on meeting your personal goals.

I have more than 12 years of experience in leadership development programming, project management and community relations. As a coach, I engage and support individuals and teams to achieve their best by discovering new tools for better listening and more effective and focused verbal and non-verbal communication. During my undergraduate program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, I completed a two-year leadership program focused on theory and practical skills in organizational development, meeting facilitation and change management. In addition to earning my BA in Sociology, I also earned certificates in Leadership and Peace and Conflict Studies while at CU.  

While completing my MBA at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, I was most lit up by the leadership courses on effective communication, management and action. I am highly energized by working with individuals and teams to strengthen and refine their business skills. Prior to focusing my career on coaching, I worked at commercial businesses including the world-class restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA and non-profit organizations with a global reach. I am a certified ICF core coach with 250 hours of experience. 

Additionally, I have taught yoga and meditation throughout the Bay Area in public and corporate classes. A Bay Area resident since 2005, Claire is grateful to call such a vibrant area home.

I invite you to step forward, dig deep within yourself, establish your foundation and from there express greater freedom in your life. 

I look forward to connecting!


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

BUSINESS

I earned my Masters in Business Administration in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco in 2012. The field of sustainable business expands the bottom line of an organization to include people and the planet in addition to profit. I bring this holistic approach to my business along with solid management skills and a professional background of over a decade of experience in both non-profit organizations and for-profit companies. Currently, I work regularly with SNP Communications where I am a coach and lead instructor, supporting professional development including presentation skills. 

Having worked with Claire for a number of years, I have found her to be one of the most professional, well organized and dedicated people I have ever met. She has natural gift for creating order and clarity.
— Darren Main, Author and Yoga Tree Teacher Training Director

COACHING

I became a Mentor Coach in 2014 through Coach Training Alliance, an International Coach Federation accredited program. As a mentor coach, I use honed communication skills to facilitate clients in moving forward with clarity towards their goals. I believe communication with self and others is one of the most important ingredients to a well-lived life. I have a long-standing commitment to the study and practice of effective communication. Along with my B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, I completed a 2-year leadership program called INVST (International and National Voluntary Service Training) in 2004. Through INVST, I gained skills in non-violent communication (NVC) and facilitation. In 2016, I began re-engaging with the study of NVC with renowned yoga teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater's workshop: What We Say Matters.  Since then I have completed the following courses with Bay (Area) NVC, Empowered Communication, Next Steps and NVC for intimate relationships. In 2016, I completed a Desire Map course through the work of Danielle LaPorte. The Desire Map is about ensuring our soul is on the agenda and orienting our goals in relationship to how we want to feel. I became a certified Desire Map facilitator in 2018 and am excited to as this methodology to my tool-belt to support you and your deepest desires!   

As a coach, you put me completely at ease, asked great questions and helped to distill and constructively direct mental chatter. The biggest benefit is I walked away with re-affirmation that I need to spend more time inward - feeding my creative muse. Thank you!
— Tish Hendershot, Senior Event Producer

YOGA

I completed my primary yoga teacher training with Yoga Tree in San Francisco in 2008 with Janet Stone, Darren Main and Elise Lorimer. I went onto obtain my 500 Hour certification at Yoga Tree, studying in depth with mentorship from both Katchie Ananda and Abby Tucker

I hold a full schedule of yoga offerings in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have also taught in Oregon and have previously co-led groups across the Southwestern states of the U.S. and in Costa Rica. 

In addition to teaching yoga, I served as the Community Relations Manager for the non-profit organization, Off the Mat into the World (OTM), which combines the principles of yoga with social change. I assisted OTM’s Intensives across the U.S. in collaboration with yoga luminaries Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, Suzanne Sterling and Kerri Kelly. I am also a facilitator with OTM’s 7-week Yoga in Action program, which builds community through group work and local service initiatives.

I took Claire’s class and I absolutely loved her and have enjoyed every class I have attended.
I really couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
— Anonymous Student, Left Coast Power Yoga
Claire creates an atmosphere of acceptance and dedication in her yoga classes. 
She shares her own life experience from the heart and incorporates teachings that inspire her. 
She takes the time to get to know her students, listening to their needs and modifies the class to meet them. 
I feel welcomed, nourished and more fully myself after a session with her.
— Rosey Lakos, Creative Director at WIRED