About Kanesha Baynard
Kanesha Baynard considers herself to be the love child of Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart.
Kanesha is a professional coach and author supporting people in transition. She is the founder of the Bold Living Today community which helps people disrupt unfulfilling patterns through creativity.
Kanesha specializes in helping creatives brainstorm and develop business ideas. She works with families to nurture individual connectedness. She also supports bold women who are relocating due to their spouse’s/partner’s career endeavors.
Kanesha serves on the advisory board for the Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos, is an alumna of Los Altos’ L.E.A.D. program, coordinates STEM outreach for underrepresented youth in Silicon Valley, and she is also an Alumni Class Agent and a student recruiter for Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa).
Kanesha’s work has been featured in Fast Company, HuffPost Live, U.S. News and World Report, TiLT Parenting Podcast, Parents Magazine, WVON 1690 AM radio, and the Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on the Dr. Oz Show. Kanesha has been an educator since 1994. She worked as a high school Spanish and linguistically diverse teacher in a large, urban high school south of Chicago. In the same school district, she worked as a Mentor Coordinator and Assistant Staff Developer. In this capacity, she developed trainings and support programs for veteran teachers and teachers new to the district.
While in Colorado, Kanesha worked in Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). Within the adult education program, she taught English and GED classes for English language learners. She also conducted home visits, with participating families, to increase literacy in homes and establish the parents at their children’s first teachers.
At Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School, a top 100 school in the United States, Kanesha served as an assistant principal and was primarily responsible for Peak to Peak’s professional development program, the alternative teacher licensure program, formal evaluations, and curriculum planning.
While at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Kanesha was an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education and the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant’s Field Placement Coordinator.
From 2006 – 2011, Kanesha was on faculty in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She served as the Director of Field Experiences, School, and University Partnerships. She oversaw all licensure candidates in preparing for practica, student teaching, and job readiness. She was also responsible for building collaborative relationships with school districts within Weld, Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Douglas, Eagle, and Jefferson Counties.
Kanesha received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Secondary Education at Cornell College (Iowa). She received a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University (Illinois), and a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University (Illinois).
For coaching certification, Kanesha trained directly with Dr. Martha Beck, monthly columnist for O, Oprah’s Magazine and Oprah’s life coach.
Kanesha has always been passionate about helping people create their own magic, ignite their creativity and move toward their dreams.
Kanesha’s conscientious, decisive, and mindful leadership style allowed her to work well in various organizations and to support the many needs of people in those organizations. Kanesha is extremely organized and she enjoys helping people design effective systems that nurture their style of thinking and ways of doing things. Kanesha helps her clients focus on the present while applying relevant past experiences to breakdown real or perceived barriers.
Kanesha has been married since 1998, has two children, and has always been committed to creating a thriving family lifestyle - while maintaining her career. To help support this, Kanesha tried a creative approach by enlisting the support of her mother-in-law and they created a multigenerational household from 2007-2013. Kanesha blogged about her multigenerational household experience and became a sought after expert on the topic of multigenerational families and caregiving.
Kanesha launched the Bold Living Today community in 2012. Shortly after the initial launch, Kanesha’s family relocated to California to support her husband’s work as a scientist. Taking a page from coaching people in transition, Kanesha took an entrepreneurial pause to help her family settle, and then relaunched Bold Living Today in 2014.
Since then, Kanesha has written three books, developed over 100 personal development resources, coached 20 individual clients, created a dozen different workshops, been a keynote speaker at 4 events, and appeared on national television.
Kanesha coaches families, groups, and individual clients on:
- Using creativity to disrupt unfulfilling patterns
- Multigenerational/in-law dynamics
- Brainstorming sessions for creative entrepreneurs
- Individual connectedness for families
- Working parent guilt
- Career launching and relaunching
- Leadership development
- Work/life harmony
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