Biana Kovic is an award - winning cellist, composer, filmmaker, educator, speaker, leadership and NLP coach, podcast host, executive - level leader and business strategist for nonprofit / arts / education / small business and youth organizations.
Biana has been featured in The New York Times; Chappaqua Public Television; Music for People Newsletter; Wisconsin Cello Society Newsletter; The Riverside Press; The Lubec Light; The Quoddy Tides; Bangor News; Machias Valley News Observer; Special Redio; Coastal Press; The Downeast; Musicafter50.com; Thirdage.com among many other publications.
Biana started her music career at the tender age of 6, and after years of successful competition and performance experience, Biana was appointed as a cello and chamber music faculty of the Turtle Bay Music School, The Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, The Center for the Preparatory Studies in Music, Queens College, The French - American School and The Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Music Center.
Biana's love for teaching has inspired her to start her organization, It's Never 2 Late Inc. At It's Never 2 Late Inc. Biana worked as a cello teacher, mentor, trainer, and coach for staff, students and teachers, and later as a director, thought leader, fundraiser, and advocate for bringing music back into the schools, classrooms, and nursing homes. During her time at It's Never 2 Late Inc., she grew the organization to serve students across all five NYC boroughs, NJ and CT. and has produced and directed 2 times award - winning documentary film - Virtuoso. The film was shown on numerous film festivals, schools, colleges, nursing homes, and movie theaters.
After eight successful years with It's Never 2 Late Inc., Biana joined the Sheltering Arms Inc, as an Assistant Director for the school-based programs / Multi -Site Supervisor where she managed 6M budget and supervised 11 schools, 1550 students and 350 staff. During her time as an assistant director / multi - site supervisor, Biana initiated various programs, cross - functional partnerships, high impact advocacy, marketing and fundraising events and has organized cutting edge workshops. She worked with her team to reduce employee turnover and raise staff morale, impact, satisfaction and performance, which resulted in the department's rating score increase from fair to excellent. Biana also worked on various community-focused campaigns helping the department position itself as one of the leading voices among the school - based programs for urban youth in NYC.
In 2017, Biana became an Executive Director of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. During her time, she created a new strategic plan and rebranded the foundation's mission / vision and website. Biana started several educational initiatives and marketing campaigns which doubled the revenue of the foundation and moved the foundation's headquarters from Greenwich, CT to New York, NY
that brought in new partnerships.
In 2018, Biana was invited to host the Leadership with Biana Kovic Show on Armed Radio Global. The show is in its second season and airs on Mondays at 9pm EDT.
Biana holds MS in Educational Psychology and Methodology from University at Albany, SUNY and BA in Music from the University of Musical Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.
Biana also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Harvard University; Certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management and Reporting from Baruch College; Certificate in Conflict Mediation from Columbia University; Certificate in Emerging Leaders in Nonprofit Management from PACE / Baruch College; and Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking from The School of Visual Arts.
Biana is a Certified Master Coach in NLP (Neuro - Linguistic Programming) from NLP Center of NY and has studied Psychology, Neuroscience, Human Performance & Behavior at the Hunter College.