Amina L. Gilyard is a learning and organizational development professional and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) with 8+ years of experience working within private, non-profit and government public health organizations. She also has in-depth experience working with organizations that are not exclusively health-focused. Amina is well-known as a scholar-practitioner, advancing the field of human and organizational learning through scholarly research while simultaneously practicing in the field. As a scholar, Amina has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at various universities, government agencies and international conferences. Currently, Amina practices as an ORISE Fellow in Training and Education at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research where she manages training and education programs for an office with 600+ employees and serves on Center-wide organizational development committees.
In addition, Amina has been featured in the Washington Post, Afro American Newspaper and on several radio stations for her community outreach and development efforts in the Washington DC Metro area. She has also been recognized by The Washington Wizards as an Outstanding Community Leader. She is an active member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and serves on the board of Girls’ Health Ed., an international nonprofit aimed at changing girls lives using health education as the primary tool.
Amina received her undergraduate degree in Bio-Behavioral Health and Master’s degree in Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Grief, Loss and Life Transitions Counseling from the George Washington University. Recently, Amina returned to the George Washington University as a Merit Fellow pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Human and Organizational Learning. Her research interests focus on human capital/ human potential, organizational development and performance enhancement; more specifically exploring best practices for educating advanced professionals, maximizing human potential- especially among public health practitioners and managing risks in organizations undergoing change.