Growing up bilingual and juggling several cultures, Lidia has seen the impact of strong communication (and its opposite) firsthand. As a result, she was driven to build a career helping people understand each other more clearly. At Own The Room, she teaches strategies that allow participants to command attention across all cultures.

As a cross-cultural communications specialist, Lidia helped numerous companies and organizations, from Egypt's top entertainment startup to a premier Russian market research firm, connect with a global audience. She later launched a career coaching consultancy, providing guidance to professionals and executives from around the world on advancing their U.S. careers. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and American University, and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship recipient.

Lidia’s love of travel and languages led her to reside in France, Russia, Mexico, Spain, and all across the U.S., before settling in the New York area. Outside of work, she can be found coaching TEDx speakers, providing career mentorship to recent immigrants, and cooking up four-course dinners for her friends. She is fluent in English, Russian and French.

"Thank you so much for being such a great speaker and getting the crowd going. I had multiple people say it was the best external training they’ve ever done. It had immediate impact and people used several tactics the next day."

Felipe Barrientos, Global Sales Learning, Facebook

"Two hours with Lidia transformed my attitude towards presenting at our annual NewFront presentation. She helped me overcome my fears by providing tips and techniques that gave me the confidence to walk on stage and own the room with a powerful and entertaining message. Best presentation coach ever!"

Kathy Kayse, VP Sales Strategy and Solutions, YAHOO

"Lidia is the rare talent who can distill advice down into very actionable steps in remarkably few words. High impact hour is an understatement. I particularly like that she is able to make a specific suggestion and then ask "How would that sound best from you to this audience" - she helps me create my solutions. When I first saw "Own the Room" I thought - yes, that's the idea exactly. And Lidia delivers on that promise."

Michael Dougherty, CEO, Pencils of promise