Cornelia Kiley, Co-President - NAMI-NYC
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Cornelia Kiley, Co-President

Cornelia Kiley encountered challenges when her oldest son was diagnosed as a young child with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and Anxiety Disorder, along with significant auditory processing issues. With two other children who also had learning differences, Cornelia became a vocal advocate for early and equal access to special education services, volunteering as a parent advocate for families who lacked legal representation in negotiations with the Special Education Committee in her local school district. In 2017, she took a NAMI Family-to-Family course and found new information and a new vocabulary that opened up positive discussions in her family and led to a better understanding of her oldest son’s behavior and greater acceptance of his challenges. Cornelia spent more than twenty years in leadership roles in the financial services industry serving on the diversity committees of Chase Bank and Lend Lease Real Estate Investments. As a partner with Russell Reynolds Associates, she was a member of its Diversity Practice and worked with major financial institutions to promote gender diversity in the workplace. Currently, she is a partner with Capitus Associates, an executive search boutique with a strong competency in recruiting diverse candidates. Cornelia believes that mental health is one of the unseen disabilities that employers must confront in a positive way and supports NAMI-NYC’s participation in employer discussions to promote open workplaces and more acceptance of behavioral health issues.