About Rochelle Towers
A wise friend told me, “We are only here for the weekend!” I want to make the most of what I have been given and help others do so as well. If not now, when?
My decision to become a Life Coach emerged from my own search for who and what I want to be in this time of my life. After years of rewarding work in non-profit organizations and schools, coaching allows me to harvest my rich experience doing something I love that is immensely useful.
I’m especially drawn to coaching motivated women over 50 and social activists, change agents and progressives. I bring my clients professional coaching expertise plus years of practical experience unleashing human potential and strengthening resilience to meet life’s challenges.
I was fortunate to become a young woman just as the 1970’s was letting loose a tsunami of social change. The Civil Rights Movement had paved the way, and women rode that wave, taking their destinies into their own hands. I was thrilled to be a part of that tide. Once I started seeing connections between my personal life and the larger world, there was no stopping me. I began questioning assumptions about history, gender, race, class and power. And I still do.
I attended New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts where I was immersed in learning the skills of a theater artist. What a gift! My passion and sense of purpose were nurtured every day which undoubtedly got me through adolescence.
After graduation I waited tables, went to theater auditions only to discover that loving theater and loving the life of an aspiring actress were not the same. With my tips I bought a used car and headed to California. It was 1970. I knew no one, had little money and no plan. But I couldn’t wait to get on the road in search of a big, fulfilling and meaningful life.
I landed in the Bay Area at the height of the Viet Nam War. Marching and acting together with others, daring to dream of peace, I understood that we ordinary human beings are powerful fountains of creativity, hope and change. I have remained a lover and worker for peace and social justice.
My life has been filled with steep personal challenges and deeply gratifying accomplishments. I have been a social worker, peace and justice activist, theater performer, university educator, counselor, non- profit program manager and parent.
I am a graduate of The Coaches Institute where I obtained my coaching certification and attended the Core Strengths Coaching Program at San Francisco State University. I am a member of the International Coaches Federation.
I obtained my BA in Interdisciplinary Social Science and Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University.
I live in Oakland, CA with my partner of over 20 years.