Oana Amaria, Principal Consultant

Oana Amaria

Oana is an innovative and experienced organizational development 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.

At LCW, Oana works with global leaders to develop high-impact interventions, audit systems, identify and disrupt blind spots, manage unconscious bias, and drive culture change. She helps Fortune 500 companies embed inclusion into their systems to effectively leverage talent, experiences and backgrounds in all their locations around the world. Her key client engagements include Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, Boston Consulting Group, JetBlue, Uber, MMC Companies, Boston Scientific, Northern Trust, Kellogg School of Management, Parker Hannifin, Progressive Insurance, Eli Lilly, General Mills and many more.

For these and other clients, Oana leads strategy development and scaling, culture/bias audits, curriculum design, and delivery of instructor-led training at high volumes to executive leaders and people managers around the world. She is also an expert in leveraging technology and social learning to achieve blended learning outcomes that go beyond a single training experience. Oana is frequently asked to share her insights on topics such as: "Inclusion the Culture of Innovation", "On Being Progressive: How to leverage 'Leading Inclusively' as a practical skill-set for leaders across your organizations", and "Developing Global Acumen" in forums sponsored by organizations such as the Conference Board, Diversity Best Practices,  Forum on Workplace Inclusion, and many more.

Prior to joining LCW, Oana was a workforce development specialist, managing the workforce investment act program for the State of Illinois through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). As program manager, Oana leveraged technology and virtual platforms to deliver training to thousands of highly diverse individuals, businesses, and workforce professionals. She also co-authored a white paper on “Open Educational Resources and Open Source Technologies” for a national Department of Education initiative on personalized learning. In addition, Oana was an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching graduate courses in the Masters of Public Administrations program for international students. 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. Oana 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 as a refugee in the late 1980’s fueled her desire to create a strong community that enables individuals to succeed across identities, experiences and cultures. Her research on “Developing Romania’s Workforce” was published and featured in The Romanian Digest. She is also a founding board member and the Vice President of Social Integration for the Romanian Cultural Exchange, a local 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 she’s not working, Oana can be found playing Legos with her daughter, wrangling her Australian shepherd ‘Bear’, or checking out new brunch spots by the beach with her husband. She also enjoys hiking, rock climbing, dancing and feeding her friends.