Hi, there, I'm Nataly...

I am an author, speaker, artist, entrepreneur, refugee, mama… and an Awesome Human.

I believe there is an Awesome Human inside every single one of us and I’m on a mission to help you embrace yours.

That’s what my work is all about, including my new book, THE AWESOME HUMAN PROJECT!

Check out my new book!

7 things about me

My burnout taught me a powerful lesson

I burned out at 38, after achieving tons of career success as a business executive, venture capitalist, consultant, and entrepreneur. This was the scariest time in my life but it taught me a powerful lesson:

You can’t give what you don’t have.

If you want to do meaningful work and be a force of good in the world, you need to make your emotional fitness your #1 priority.

I created the Happier Method™

The biggest lesson I learned on my journey to heal from burnout is that EMOTIONAL FITNESS IS A SKILL that you can strengthen through practice. Based on my experience and tons of research from neuroscience and psychology, I created the Happier Method™ that I now love to teach to Awesome Humans, companies, and teams.

I came to the U.S. as a refugee

I came to the U.S. as a refugee when I was 13.  That experience has shaped a lot of who I am and I’m grateful for it, although it was really difficult. (By the way, my Russian name is Natasha, but when we came to the US as refugees, I changed it to Nataly to fit in better (except I spelled it in a unique way that stands out). Free lesson: Don’t try to be anything you’re not.)


My TEDx Talk is about joy but it makes people cry at the end

Here’s the link to my TEDx talk and I’d love for you to watch it.

I'm an introvert who speaks for a living

I LOVE to speak, to connect with Awesome Humans in the audience, and to fuel you with some straight talk (always!), super-tangible science-backed skills and practices to strengthen your emotional fitness and create a more supportive relationship with yourself, and whole lot of awesome energy and inspiration. Click here to learn more about my speaking.

I like taking unexpected leaps

I went from consulting (McKinsey) to start-ups to venture capital (as a 25 year-old woman in an industry with less than 6% women) to founding 4 different startups (including my company, Happier Inc.) I’ve written 2 best-selling books (and more if you Google really carefully), have painted live on stage, and became an artist at 40. I believe life is here for us to leap into it.

I began painting when I turned 40...

… and never stopped. I love making bold, colorful, abstract art and then putting my art on all kinds of stuff (like the sweatshirt in the photo on the home page of my website!) You can see some of my art here.

My TEDx talk

My “official” bio

A leading expert on emotional fitness, Nataly Kogan is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and keynote speaker on a mission to help millions of people embrace their Awesome Human, struggle less and thrive more in work and life!

Nataly immigrated to the US as a refugee from the former Soviet Union when she was 13 years old. Starting her American life in the projects and on welfare, she learned English by watching “Who’s the Boss?” on repeat.

She went on to reach the highest levels of success at McKinsey and Microsoft, as a Managing Director at a venture capital fund, and as founder or executive at 5 startups and tech companies.

But after years of chasing a non-existent state of nirvana, Nataly suffered a debilitating burnout that led her to find a new way to live and work.

Today, she helps Awesome Humans break free from daily burnout, unleash their full human potential, and experience more joy and meaning by sharing her unboring science-backed Happier Method™ – and her signature positive energy!

Nataly is a sought-after international keynote speaker and has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, TEDx Boston, and SXSW.

She is the founder of Happier, Inc, and has worked with hundreds of top companies, teams, and leaders through her Happier @ Work and leadership programs.

Nataly is the author of of HAPPIER NOW, GRATITUDE DAILY, and THE AWESOME HUMAN PROJECT and hosts The Awesome Human Podcast that people call their “best-self hour”.

Nataly began painting when she turned 40 and is a self-taught abstract artist. She loves bright colors, overuses the word “awesome”, and is the funniest person in her family. (Just can ask her husband and daughter, her favorite Awesome Humans.)

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