Vera Cornish is a trainer, facilitator, speaker and life coach. Vera has garnered a reputation of meeting her audience where they are and leaving them energized and excited about the future. Motivational, inspirational and thought provoking, Vera Cornish is refreshing.
In 1999 Vera launched Cornish & Associates Inc. Since that time she has facilitated presentations, provided strategic consultations and coaching services to meet the needs of corporations, government entities and non-profit organizations. Her client base has included Mellon Bank, The Hershey Company, Highmark Blue Shield and the Milton Hershey School. Vera was selected to co-design three curriculums on behalf of Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. While her work has taken her into larger entities, she is deeply committed to the empowerment of each individual.
Vera is known as a convener, creating solution based platforms that include Work, Life, Balance: Real People-Real Solutions, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, The Heritage Breakfast and The Legacy Breakfast. Recent topics have focused on “The Next Generation” and “The Tenacity of Leadership”. She is also the publisher of the Urban Connection Of The Capitol Region, a newspaper dedicated to the changing demographics of Central Pennsylvania. Her commitment to community is exemplified by past board memberships on the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Regional Chamber. A graduate of Leadership Harrisburg, Vera is a frequent presenter and now serves on the 25 Year Anniversary Celebration Committee.
Vera’s past employment has included Penn State University and an appointment as the first Director of Institutional Diversity at Harrisburg Area Community College. She is a graduate of Penn State with a B.S. in Education of the Exceptional Child and College Misericordia with a M.S. in Education, specializing in Multi-Cultural Curriculum Development. She is now a certified Life Coach.
It is Vera’s belief that her keen understanding of cross cultural relationships was formed during her childhood. The richness of the culture of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania coupled with the mosaic experiences of the North Eastern part of the state formed the foundation of who she is today.