Liana joined Blue Beyond in June of 2015 with a strong background in facilitation and leadership development.
Liana’s wide-range of experience includes coordinating large-scale events, coaching leaders, designing curriculums, and leading conferences. Her role as an ESL teacher in Spain also taught her how to effectively navigate personal and professional dynamics in an unfamiliar culture and language.
Liana is most complimented on her abilities to simultaneously think about the small steps and the big picture, understand the client’s vision, and quickly learn new technologies and tools.
She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology, with minors in Spanish and Criminal Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, as well as a Master’s in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University. Liana is also a Myers Briggs Certified Practitioner and an Insights Discovery Licensed Practitioner.
I have an extensive background in developing and directing international training programs, so I bring both tactical expertise in planning events and subject matter expertise in areas such as adult learning, team development, conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, leadership and management. With a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and multiple assessment certifications, I also have a deep understanding of individual work styles and group dynamics that help teams improve communication and foster collaborative, productive work environments.
I love partnering with our clients and integrating into their world in a way that leads to that magical moment where they look up and realize “You get it!” And more importantly, “You can help!” I’m so proud to work for a company that encourages me to build quality relationships with clients and stick with them all the way through the implementation of the solutions we design together.
I’ve always believed that the true merit of a leader is best measured in their absence – whether they’re out on a short vacation or have transitioned to another position. It’s not only about what leaders themselves can do, but the success they engender in the people and programs they serve. In that spirit, I am particularly proud of an internship program I developed to teach high school and college interns to coordinate a full summer of events for youth. Not only does the program equip the student interns with valuable skills, but it also meets the needs of the community by providing safe, engaging summer activities for youth. What makes me particularly proud is that this program is still thriving today – nearly 10 years after I left.
What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Travel travel travel! After college, I spent several years living and working in Spain, where I became fluent in Spanish and discovered an insatiable appetite for travel. If I could take a year off, I would love to go back and visit a few of my favorite cities and friends in Europe, then branch out and explore new destinations!