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Vancouver | Adjunct Professor, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Ioana Birleanu, MSc



As a Leadership Development professor, I believe in everyone’s ability to support their learning process and become leaders of their own path. My mission is to support my students in attaining an authentic leadership approach and provide them with the necessary tools to develop this through the course of their lives and careers. I bring a diverse professional lens to my teaching, relying on my almost 20 years of professional experience in corporate and entrepreneurial leadership for all the elements that I bring into my teaching. Being an adjunct professor at Adler University and aligning to its values is congruent with my own personal values, as it allows me to help shape the leaders of the future and contribute to a more just and fair society for all.

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  • MSc, Business Administration – Management Consulting Track
    Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • BSc, Economic IT – Major in Economics
    Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
  • BSc, Company Management – Major in Management
    Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Professional Background

Current Positions

  • Co-Founder, Sales & Business Advisor
    Growth Flourishing Coaching & Consulting
    Vancouver, BC

Former Positions

  • Sales Director, Western Canada
    Cisco Systems Canada
    Vancouver, BC
  • Sales Executive, British Columbia
    Cisco Systems Canada
    Vancouver, BC
  • Account Manager, Europe
    Cisco Systems Netherlands
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Select Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 Cisco Champion’s Club
    Top 10% of Cisco Salesforce Worldwide
  • 2015 Cisco Champion’s Club
    Top 1% of Cisco Salesforce Worldwide
  • 2011 Honours Track, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Top Student Achievers & Ph.D. Track

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Authentic Sales Strategies
  • Business Operations & Processes
  • Diversity & Inclusion Practices

Vancouver Campus

Adler University in Vancouver has been, like Canada itself, born and built with an open mind. Located in the midst of one of the world’s most exciting and breathtaking cities, Adler University reflects a true Canadian spirit. It’s smart, inclusive and determined to make a world of difference. By design, our Vancouver campus echoes the Adler values and intent down every hall and in every room. It is built to live, breathe and inspire those with the passion to pursue a more just society. This is where the work gets done.

At Adler Vancouver, you’ll find multiple collaborative areas with the absolute latest technology. Learning areas and windows have literally been situated to stimulate thought. To some, that may sound odd, but these things do matter. If students are given the space, opportunity and technology to achieve their goals, they are more likely to rock the boat of conventional thought.

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