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Hi! I’m Mariana

The main engine behind OBI Leadership Training.
Why did I start OBI?
I love teaching.

Through the years I was lucky to know people who didn’t see demographics.
And didn’t see economic classes.
What they did see was the light of possibilities.

I learned from them how leadership starts at the personal level.
I learned from them about the power of influence.
I learned from them about making choices. About being part of the solution.

And that’s why I do what I do.

Discovering the new world. And pizza
An Eastern European transplant, I fell in love with my new home shortly after landing in New York.
I “discovered” pizza!
Still love it. And so do my two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper.
(Both are rescues)

My job is to provide the “know how”
Work, and an exploring nature, has taken me from coast to coast.
As business development strategist and licensed tax professional, I’ve had the opportunity to work on interesting and challenging projects.
My clientele spans across the financial spectrum – “mom and pop” shops to large enterprises with operations in the States and abroad.

Over two decades of working with business leaders, executives, and project managers has given me the opportunity to see firsthand what works and what doesn’t in the business world.

Smart business leaders know how important is to gain and sustain a competitive edge in today’s complex business environment.
My job is to provide the “know how” and assist them in improving productivity.
And bottom-line results.

What I care about (and give my time and/or money):
• Children – their welfare and education.
• Paralyzed Veterans – their service to the country deserves respect and support.
• Doctors With Out Borders – they do great work around the world.
• Pets – people and organizations rescuing unwanted pets.
• Environment

Growing up
I’m the oldest of five siblings.
And have all the traits of the first-born including taking charge, being responsible, and (of course!) being “generous” with my opinions : )

I feel at home on construction sites.
Growing up my father worked on high-rise buildings.
His plan for me was to become an engineer.
 
Building bridges of knowledge
Maybe because of this background I look at myself as one who builds bridges.
Bridges of knowledge to take you from where you are to where you want to go.