Oana Amaria, Principal Consultant

Oana AmariaOana is an innovative and experienced organizational consultant with a specialization in workforce development that is enriched by over a decade of international development experience in countries such as Ghana, India, Mexico, Romania, and China.  She has a high capacity for languages, with a proven proficiency in English, Romanian, and Spanish. 

A skilled presenter and researcher, Oana is frequently asked to share findings from her project on the changing face of global millennials, "Are All Gen-Y Cut From the Same Cloth: Understanding and Engaging Millennials, Globally". She has also presented on topics such as: "On Being Progressive: How to leverage your ERGs to make 'Leading Inclusively' a practical skill-set for leaders across your organizations", "Inclusion, Culture of Innovation", and "Developing Global Acumen" in forums sponsored by organizations such as the Conference Board, Diversity Best Practices, Mercer Consulting, and the Forum on Workplace Inclusion. 

At LCW, Oana works with global leaders to develop global acumen, manage unconscious bias, and remain competitive with their increasingly diverse talent pool and multicultural customer base. She helps Fortune 500 companies embed cultural competence into their systems and better leverage global diversity and the subcultures represented—in all their locations around the world. Her key client engagements include Mercer, Progressive, US Bank, Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Parker Hannifin, Allstate, Northern Trust, and General Mills. For these and others she leads curriculum development, innovates e-learning solutions, and facilitates high volumes of instructor-led training. Oana is also an expert in leveraging technology and social learning to achieve blended learning outcomes that go beyond a single classroom experience. 

Prior to joining LCW, Oana was a workforce development specialist with the Center for Workforce Development at SIUC, managing a state program sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). As program manager of a statewide web portal and program, Oana leveraged technology and virtual platforms to deliver training, while engaging thousands of highly diverse individuals, businesses, and workforce professionals. 

Oana was an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching “Effective Management of Human Resources” to international students in the Masters of Public Administrations program. She also co-authored a white paper on “Open Educational Resources and Open Source Technologies” for a national DOE initiative on personalized learning. She has a Bachelor of Science in International Business from North Park University, and a Master of Science in International Public Services from DePaul University. She is also a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and member of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR.)

Having spent her early years growing up in Romania, Oana’s own experience on the difficulty of emigrating to the United States in the late 1980’s fueled her desire to create a strong community that enables individuals to succeed across cultures. Her research on “Developing Romania’s Workforce” was published in The Romanian Digest.  Today she also serves as a founding board member and the Vice President of Social Integration for the Romanian Cultural Exchange, a local Chicago non-profit dedicated to promoting creative programs and projects focused on intercultural and educational exchange—such as the annual Romanian film festival in Chicago.

When Oana isn’t doing a million and one things, you can find her feeding all her friends, reading, rock climbing, or dancing salsa.