LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATIONS FACILITATOR

Ariela Morgenstern is an educator, business coach, and actor. She is a certified executive coach with the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute at the Haas School of Business, and has a presentation coaching practice in San Francisco. 

She teaches Leadership Communications at the Haas School of Business, as well as improv for MBA students at UC Davis, and Storytelling for Leadership with Arina Isaacson and BECI for companies all around the Bay Area.

Ariela is also an award-winning singer and has spent the last nine years in the professional theatre world in New York, performing in musicals in the city and across the country.  She has sung as the soloist for Imant Raminsh’s Symphony of Psalms at Carnegie Hall, and was most recently seen in the new musical The Names We Gave Him at The Public Theatre, and playing Diana in Next To Normal at Baltimore Center Stage.  

She holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance and Theatre from U.C. Santa Cruz, and is passionate about using vocal technique and the tools of the actor as a bridge to the business world to enable anyone to be more authentically present and vibrant. 

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“Ariela is a force of nature bringing energy to the room with a smile. She is a compassionate instructor who really wants you to ‘get’ the material - and she will provide many different approaches to make sure you understand.”

— Maya Pandya, IBM Software Development Manager

“Ariela is one of those memorable teachers whose powerful balance of spontaneous humor and knowledge-driven focus makes for a hugely enjoyable and highly personal learning experience. Her voice and body awareness workshop is an eye-opening plethora of new perspectives, tools and exercises in physical and vocal exploration.

Ariela’s flexible, customized approach annihilates any comparison minds at work and empowers her students to work at their own rhythm and just barely outside of their comfort zones, enabling the necessary stretch where learning happens, and all with consistently kind encouragement and committed coaching.

Her ability to draw out the best in an individual, and from a disparate group with wildly varying levels of talent, confidence, and experience, is nothing short of masterful, her dedication to her craft truly inspirational.”

— Siobhan McCann, Executive Coach, Consultant, & Asst. Lecturer at Haas School of Business

“While I found Ariela’s exercises and material in the Dynamic Presence workshop to be fun and interesting, I had no idea how well the concepts would “stick to me” in the following weeks — or where the lessons would manifest themselves. I have also had the opportunity to play with how I say words, using Laban’s model and have begun to experience the fun of Voice, once gain.”

— Ben Bradbury, Finance Manager at E. & J. Gallo Winery