Ana Lucía Fariña

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Transformational leader with combined background in business administration, authentic leadership, and conscious living, with more than fifteen years of administrative and leadership experience in both corporate and non-profit settings.

COMPETENCIES

  • Sustainable Economical Development
  • Business Administration & Project Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Bilingual (Spanish & English)& Basic French
  • Eco tourism and sustainable traveling
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Facilitator
  • Leadership & Empowerment
  • Strong Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Group Facilitation & Dynamics
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental and Social Justice
  • Yoga and Holistic living

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Founder and Director-(2012- Present) PRANALUZ Conscious living (www.pranaluz.com)

  • Pranaluz mission is to support individuals in their path of awakening to a conscious life by offering diverse holistic services focused on yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.
  • We offer: retreats, travel, Workshops, services and education focused on yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
  • 2012-2014 Delivered Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation workshops, courses and classes in diverse countries and locations such as (businesses, studios, diverse educational institutions, personal private sessions, yoga studios, holistic centers, etc.).
  • 2010-211 Co-founder Peakbeings- organization focused on Yoga teacher trainings and retreats.

Consultant – CULTURAL SURVIVAL ORGANIZATION, Boulder,

  • Created a business assessment of the organization using several indexes and tools. The analysis was used as apart of the re-organization process to redefine the mission, vision, sustainability, organizational structure, etc.
  • Developed a research project on indigenous communities in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guyana and Canada, in order to identify how the right to Free Prior and Informed consent (FPIC) has been successfully asserted in negotiations with businesses and government agencies. The analysis and results was used to help assess other communities undergoing similar processes.
  • Published two articles for their quarterly magazine on indigenous issues: “Bri-Bri women lead the way in community- based project in Costa Rica”; y “ Mam people of Guatemala express their voices through community consultations”.

Environmental Studies Graduate Assistant: NAROPA UNIVERSITY, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A(2010-2012)

  • Planned, organized and facilitated Earth Day, Sustainability Day, Green Bag lunch’s, other workshops, and events for a campus of over 1200 students, faculty and staff.
  • Teacher’s Assistant for the following undergraduate courses: Creating and Learning Community and Environmental Justice; supported students in their academic learning experiences.

Group Leader: G ADVENTURES, All Central America, Panama and Mexico (2008- 2013)

  • Guided tours for all Central American countries and Mexico, leading an average of 15 passengers per trip.
  • Planned, organized and coordinated all logistics: transportation, accommodations and activities.
  • Promoted sustainable traveling, green practices and service projects.

Marketing & Sales Manager: PORTASOL, Costa Rica (2007)

  • Managed and developed sales and marketing strategies for green, sustainable real estate eco-tourist projects.
  • Assisted General Manager (Board of Directors member for local NGO “COPAZA “: dedicated to creating prevention, security and peace for the country’s population) in several projects including organizing sustainable, educational and cultural activities as well as fundraising campaigns.

Project Management/Development Assistant (volunteer): APREFLOFLAS, Costa Rica (2007)

  • Assisted in the development and follow-up of several projects, conservational campaigns, sustainable development, and eco-tourism, small business development and rural tourism for a non-profit organization.
  • Served as a representative for environmental commissions and activities along with non-government organizations such as the IUCN, Greenpeace, WWF, and other local NGOs.
  • Developed grant writing and fundraising strategies and corporate alliances for several projects.

Corporate experience:

  • Human Resources Manager: FISERV COSTA RICA, Costa Rica (2006)
  • Human Resources Business Analyst: INTEL DE COSTA RICA, Costa Rica 2005- 2006)
  • Human Resources Recruiter: LANGUAGE LINE SERVICES, Costa Rica (2002 –2005)
  • Recruitment and Service Executive: MANPOWER COSTA RICA S.A., Costa Rica (2000–2002)

Highlights and accomplishments (2000-2006):

  • Managed all recruiting and employee hiring processes, including interviews, tests, and screenings.
  • Participated in conferences, job fairs and networking groups.
  • Responsible for payroll, performance management, training development, benefits, and evaluation techniques.
  • Attended and managed several accounts for key multinational clients with an average of 300 employees per month. For example: Intel, Western Union, Merck Sharp and Dome, Coca Cola, Procter and Gamble among other multinational companies with offices in Costa Rica.
  • In charge of the whole HR startup and hiring process for two call centers in Costa Rica with an average of 500 employers for each one.
  • Managed data analysis for the Human Resources and developed creative solutions for the improvement of the organization’s development, employee services, hiring, training and updates.
  • Proposed strategic solutions and developed statistical projections for management decision making processes.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership: NAROPA UNIVERSITY, Boulder, Colorado. U.S.A. (2012)
  • Masters of Business Administration: INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DE COSTA RICA, San José, Costa Rica (2007)
  • Bachelors in Business Administration: UNIVERSIDAD LATINA DE COSTA RICA, San José, Costa Rica(2000).

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS & COURSES

  • Awakening the Dreamer Symposium: Certified Facilitator with the Pachamama Alliance Organization.
  • Byron Fellowship Participant: Yale University Course in “How to Create Sustainable Communities”
  • Fundraising course: Workshop provided by PhilanTropics
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change- Online course with UPEACE’s Centre for Executive Education
  • Authentic Leadership Certificate: Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Mindfulness training instructor: Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Vipassana Retreat participant and practitioner
  • Meditation courses participant at Shambhala Center, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Sustainable development independent consultant for diverse NGO’S and private organizations located in USA & Ecuador.
  • 500-hour Experienced Yoga Teacher - Yoga Teacher Certification, Nosara Institute, CR.

ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS

  • http://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/bribri-women-lead-way-community-based-tourism-costa-rica
  • “ Mam people of Guatemala express their voices through community consultations” http://issuu.com/culturalsurvival/docs/36-4/23
  • http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/06/this-is-what-india-whispered-to-me-in-my-sleep/

INTERESTS

  • Conscious living Facilitator (personal business focused on conscious living)/ www.pranaluz.com
  • Thai- Massage therapist
  • Music performance (guitar, piano, harmonium, vocals)
  • Outdoor activities (hiking, biking, scuba diving, paragliding)