Hi, there, I'm Nataly...

… and I’m an Awesome Human

It took me most of my life to shift from constant struggle and self-criticism to embrace my Awesome Human and nothing fuels me more than to help you embrace YOUR Awesome Human!

This is not a formal “about” page (those are boring!)

I’m going to imagine that we’re sitting in a cafe, having your favorite beverage, and learning about each other.

Below are some things I’d love for you to know about me. (And I always want to learn about you — my email is natalyk@happier.com and yep, I read your emails myself… with some help from my team.)

If you’d rather read my super-duper official bio, just scroll down a bit.

7 things I want you to know about me

I burned out at 35.

I burned out at 35, after achieving tons of career success as a business executive, venture capitalist, consultant, and entrepreneur. This was the scariest time in my life. (I never thought I would burn out because only weak people burned out and I was “a tough cookie”.)

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 always wear yellow when I speak

I love bold colors, especially yellow. So after spending years pretending I didn’t and acting “serious” by wearing more muted colors, I’m going all in and yep, I only wear yellow when I speak!

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

The 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 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 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 was not only unfulfilled, she suffered a debilitating burnout that led her to find a new way to live and work. 

Today, she helps Awesome Humans live and work with more connection, joy, and meaning by sharing her science-backed skills and practices with hundreds of top companies and teams through her Happier @ Work and leadership programs.

Nataly is a sought-after international keynote speaker and has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TEDx Boston, SXSW, The Harvard Women’s Leadership Conference, and The “Dr. Oz Show.”

She’s the creator of the unboring Happier Method™, founder and CEO of Happier, host of the popular Awesome Human Podcast, and author of HAPPIER NOW, GRATITUDE DAILY, and THE AWESOME HUMAN PROJECT (Feb. 2022). 

Nataly is also a self-taught abstract artist, currently working on her first NFT art collection of 100 Awesome Humans. Nataly lives outside of Boston with her husband and daughter, although she will always be a New Yorker at heart.

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