La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson a graduate of San Francisco State University, was born and raised in Oakland, California. The oldest of two children, La Rhonda demonstrated her innate leadership abilities at an early age. La Rhonda's passion for education and community services found its place in the social work department.
Despite fond childhood memories and being surrounded by a loving, encouraging and supportive family La Rhonda's days were not free of pain or tragedy. Losing her mother to breast cancer, left La Rhonda primarily responsible for raising her younger sister. Barely 17 years old, La Rhonda remained at the top of her high
school class, found time to meet the responsibilities of her church youth program; all while nurturing and supporting her sister. Barely four years later, La Rhonda would lose two more loved ones; an older cousin who was more like a big sister and her "favorite" grandmother. When asked how she made it through these times, La Rhonda credits her faith, the love of a powerfully supportive extended family, and inner strength.
La Rhonda has over 30 years of experience working in the fields of education, health and wellness and organizational development. She has worked "in the trenches" as well as in managerial roles in community-based healh organizations and schools. La Rhonda is a much sought after keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. She has an easy and welcoming manner, enabling her to create safe and effective learning environments for diverse audiences. Her seemingly natural ability to "shed light into darkened places" compelled her to formalize this gift. In 2009, she received her certfication as an integral coach from New Ventures West in San Francisco, CA. Coaching has been the perfect complement to La Rhonda's repertoire giving her one more tool to educate, inspire and empower people to ilve their greatest potential.
Ever the avid reader, La Rhonda reads daily and has enjoyed a monthly book club meeting for the past 23 years. La Rhonda remembers writing her first story at the age of eight and has since achieved another of her lifelong dreams, becoming a published author. She has just completed her first novel, "Unveiled" which she refers to as a "labor of love”. Next up, are plans for another novel and a collection of short stories which will lead women to “self discovery and spiritual strength”.
Proud mother and grandmother, La Rhonda lives in San Leandro, CA with her husband; where the honeymoon continues!
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La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson
Certified Integral Coach