Meet the woman of the hour, who turned her desires into realities, followed the path of her dreams, works with passion, and is dedicated to offering the best-in-class resources for students around the globe. Presenting Oksana Kolesnikova, CEO and Founder of Oksana Management Group, Inc., Oksana Franchising International and Oksana Foundation. She is a renowned pianist, composer, entrepreneur, who has devoted the last 20 years to teaching students and developing caring, personal, and effective teaching programs.
With her perseverance, sheer performance, and creator persona, she has come a long way. Her power-packed mindset and exceptional skillset are her strongest assets leading her to the path of life-long success.
As a child in Siberia, Russia, Oksana could not have ever imagined how far life would take her. And what it had in store for her. Oksana’s journey has been exciting and intriguing. It is driven by a passion for music, education, and children.
Let us know more about it now.
Her Far-Fetching Journey
Oksana emigrated with her family to the US in her late teens, during the fall of the Soviet Union. While in the US, she pursued her interests and training in piano and graduated from Florida State University with a Music Degree.
While still attending the University, she met her husband Alex who became her music manager. After graduation, she became a touring and recording artist, performing not only in the US but also abroad. She flourished her dreams and had an exciting 10-year performing career, and then, in 2009, she became a mother to a baby boy, Alessandro.
After becoming a mom, she channelled her knowledge, experience, and passion in building her three businesses:
- The education Company Oksana Management Group (www.oksanamanagementgroup.com )
- The National Franchise Company Oksana Franchising International, Inc (www.OksanaEnrichment.com)
- and the Non-Profit 501c3 Oksana Foundation (www.OksanaFoundation.org )
About the 3 Businesses – From Leader’s Desk
- The Education Company Oksana Management Group (OMG):
It is a one-stop-shop solution for your child’s scholastic enrichment. We offer families professional educational services online (anywhere in the US) and in-person (Los Angeles County) that transform students into overachievers, including private tutoring which covers subjects ranging from English to Math and homework help, and even Test Prep.
- National Franchise Company Oksana Franchising International, Inc:
Oksana Enrichment Programs is all about that middle word – “enrichment.” Offering private one-on-one lessons for students and our After-School Enrichment programs. Successfully established in numerous schools and expanding nationally, it offers private, one-on-one lessons in the following areas:
- Music (including piano, singing/voice, guitar, violin, drums, and more)
- Foreign Languages (including Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, and others)
- K Through 12 Academic Tutoring in All Subjects
- Non-profit 501 (c)(3) Oksana Foundation:
Within every child is the promise of a better world. At the Oksana Foundation, we believe that limited means should not limit a child’s talent. We provide access to educational opportunities for children so their talents can be nurtured, cultivated, and utilized to create positive and lasting changes in the world around them.
Diversification: The Need of the Hour
Oksana believes that diversification is important in business. Only if one can figure out how to appeal to one’s target market correctly. When she started her mother company Oksana Management Group in 2010, she was only offering piano classes. However, later, she observed that the parents of her students were asking for teacher referrals to teach her students’ siblings other instruments, such as guitar or singing.
This made her quickly realize that the same client can sign up for additional services if she were to offer them. She promptly started hiring skilled instructors, who specialized and taught different instruments. Years later, she branched out to other areas and added more services such as a foreign language, academic tutoring, art, acting, chess, animation, financial literacy for children and teens, and many other programs that regular schools don’t offer.
Now, the brand works not only with their private clients, but also with the charter, private, public schools, districts, municipalities, and entire counties.
The company’s diversification is majorly useful to its franchisees as well, since it offers a plethora of programs, and that expands market share as well as positions the company well above their competitors.
A Path-breaking Accomplishment
Without a doubt, it’s opening the 501c3 non-profit foundation. For decades, Oksana had the dream of having her foundation and giving back to the community. Ever since she has been a performing artist for many years, she played for numerous charitable, non-profit, and fundraising events, and always wished to someday own her foundation.
Well, the time came when we found ourselves in the unprecedented times of the 2020 pandemic. That’s when Oksana Foundation was born, and its mission is to provide free-of-charge quality educational opportunities to impoverished youth.
Surrounded by an Experienced and Resourceful Team
Oksana states, we have been very good at assembling the right team and fortunate to work with amazing people. The right team is what makes a company successful. I’m so grateful to each and every person who took – and takes – a part in one way or another with my companies’ endeavors.
One can seek and find great online reviews on our management and leadership style not only left by our clients but also from our past and current team members as well.
With the help of such determined team members, the three businesses have bloomed and reached the top of the pyramid.
One quality that every leader should possess is, they should inspire their team, and be a great example to their followers. Apart from this, leaders should support their team and be confident about their capabilities. This gives them a sense of encouragement to do the best they can at work.
Challenges: A Blessing in Disguise
Challenges can be uncomfortable and unpleasant at times, but they can also be a blessing in disguise. The biggest challenge teaches valuable lessons if one views it that way. Every time, she overcame a challenge in her life, it pushed her further on the ladder of success. She was motivated to excel at her maximum potential and become stronger than before.
Challenges give us a learning platform to widen our perspective and reach new horizons. Hence, Oksana quotes, “I’m not afraid of challenges, as I accept them as a sign of growth and improvement.”
3 Principles that are the Ultimate Contributors of Success
Oksana abides by these three principles that have contributed to her success in her decades-long career. Be it personally or professionally, she follows these key principles:
- Principle 1: Learn from your failures, adjust your course and keep going.
- Principle 2: Treat others fairly and use a “win-win” philosophy.
- Principle 3: Do things right and you’ll sleep better at night.
Failures are the Greatest Teachers
Entrepreneurship is a journey with two sides to the coin. Success and Failures are a part of this impeccable journey. As an entrepreneur, Oksana has had her fair share of failures in life.
Some of them are too personal or too painful to reminisce on, but I must admit that they made me much stronger, more compassionate, and resilient as an individual. They made me the person I am today. In retrospect, I won’t change anything, as they have been my best teachers in life.
With a positive attitude towards failures, Oksana has outgrown them. She is a fierce woman; who has discovered her courageous self and risen from all the crisis.
This is how Oksana’s defines Success
Success to her means influencing positively and helping as many children as we can through the Oksana Foundation. The core team aims to make Oksana Foundation a globally recognized brand that will reach out to youth beyond the immediate communities.
It is truly grateful to all its sponsors and donors, who join them and believe in their mission, and help us make this world a better place. With the precious support of everyone, the foundation aims to help more and more children and teens.
Our mission is to nurture and cultivate their gifts to build excitement, elevate hope, and support children in creating positive and lasting changes in the world around them.
“My dream of bringing premium educational opportunities to underprivileged youth is now a vivid reality” Oksana.
Integrating a Life-Changing Idea
The organization plans to host fun yet productive fundraiser events in its communities and beyond, getting all the ‘movers and shakers’ involved with the common goal of helping those underprivileged children, who normally don’t have access to supplemental education or enrichment programs.
“My passion for teaching and helping today’s children succeed through After-School Enrichment Programs has advanced to an entirely different level, ensuring that financially-challenged youth and their schools have access to these results-driven solutions.” – Words of Wisdom by Oksana.
Oksana’s Vision of Life
I think it’s leaving a great legacy behind. Knowing that you did everything you could by contributing your time, energy, resources, knowledge, experience, passion, and lessons learned to make a greater impact in this world.
She follows the best advice of “Follow your passion, and everything else will fall in place”.
A Radiant Future
All 3 of her companies have their many goals, ambitions, and future perspectives. It will probably take a full publication to list them all. But in a nutshell, the organization is driven to duplicate its successfully established business model nationally and eventually internationally through its franchisees who want to partake in operating in the exciting industry of education and private coaching and open Oksana Enrichment franchises in their communities. It is currently offering its franchise in 35 states. It looks forward to spreading its wings and helping children across the globe.
With the focus of empowering their young minds, Oksana aims for a hopeful and brighter future.
Photography by Eleonora Chessa, eleonorachessa.com