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

Nataly Kogan is one of the leading global experts in optimizing your emotional fitness and elevating your leadership.

She’s the creator of the Happier Method™, founder and CEO of Happier and Happier @ Work™, and author of HAPPIER NOW and GRATITUDE DAILY.

Nataly is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Dr. Oz Show.

By the age of 37, Nataly held top positions at McKinsey and Microsoft, was a Managing Director at a venture capital fund, and started or was a member of the senior team at 5 startups and tech companies.

But all of this overachievement came at a huge cost of stress and overwhelm, which was the catalyst for Nataly to give it all up to start her company, Happier, with this mission:

To help millions of people thrive in work and life by improving their emotional fitness with science-backed skills and practices. 

Today, tens of thousands of people cultivate their emotional fitness and Elevated Leadership skills through Happier @ Work and virtual leadership programs, online courses, and other learning tools.

Nataly came to the US as a refugee with her family when she was 13 years old, and one of her greatest accomplishments was learning how to speak English by watching Alyssa Milano on the classic 80s sitcom, Who’s The Boss? 

Nataly lives outside of Boston with her husband and daughter, and when she isn’t speaking or teaching, can be found painting colorful abstract art and cooking up a storm in her kitchen.

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