Oana Amaria, Consultora de Aprendizaje y Desarrollo

Oana AmariaOana is an innovative and diligent instructional designer with a specialization in workforce development and over 7 years of international development experience in countries such as Ghana, India, Mexico, Romania, and China. Oana spent the majority of her time from 2004 to 2008 working with various communities abroad implementing capacity building and revenue generating strategies, microfinance, and cooperative farming programs. She also conducted cultural integration and language training courses for Fortune 500 Companies in Beijing, China. Such experiences have developed in her the necessary traits to understand and interact with people from a wide range of socio-economic, ethnic and intellectual backgrounds. Oana has a high capacity for languages, with a proven proficiency in English, Romanian, and Spanish.

Prior to joining LCW, Oana was a workforce development specialist with 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 social media to deliver statewide training, while engaging thousands of individuals, businesses, and workforce professionals. She is a skilled presenter, with extensive experience in conducting high volume trainings, curriculum development, e-learning. She is also an expert in leveraging technology and social media to achieve blended learning outcomes that go beyond a single classroom experience. Her community engagement collaboration with state agencies, industry task forces, and strategic partners has built partnerships, increased access to resources, and fostered economic growth. Most recently, Oana co-authored a white paper on “Open Educational Resources and Open Source Technologies” for a national initiative on personalized learning. She is currently an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching “Effective Management of Human Resources in Environments of Scarce Resources” to international students in the Masters of Public Administrations program.

Oana 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 defined 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 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 4th 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 with her brothers, or dancing salsa.