Nataly Kogan

  • Founder of Happier, a global technology and learning platform enabling users to discover new methods of pursuing emotional wellbeing
  • TEDx Speaker on How to Cultivate Happiness
  • Author, Happier Now
  • Happiness Expert, Venture Capitalist & Successful Tech Entrepreneur

A successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Nataly found that after reaching the highest levels of corporate America, she still wasn’t happy. Nataly came to the United States as a refugee from Russia when she was 13 and overcame significant obstacles on her way to achieving career success. But while her achievements left her proud, she was unfulfilled, so she became inspired to figure out how to live a truly meaningful, happier life. In the process, she found the answers each person and organization needs to unlock their maximum potential, making them not just more productive and innovative, but helping them to find more joy in everyday moments and get through challenging ones with resilience.

The CEO and Founder of Happier—an award-winning global technology and learning platform—Nataly is a leading expert on how people and organizations can transform their individual and team culture so that they can thrive.  Having helped more than a million people and employees dramatically improve their emotional health and resilience by cultivating her Five Core Happier Skills, Nataly demonstrates that happiness is not just a feeling, but a skill that can be learned and improved through practice, and that in turn boosts creativity, productivity and profits.

Nataly’s received standing ovations from groups such as Million Dollar Roundtable, Fortune's Tech Brainstorm, SXSW, Harvard Women's Leadership Conference, Gillette, TEDx Boston, and many more, thanks to her instantly implementable takeaways that transform the way people work and live. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine, Time Magazine and more, and her new book Happier Now: How to Stop Striving For Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) provides a roadmap for how to cultivate genuine, lasting happiness in every facet of our lives.

 

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Nataly’s background and experience on what really drives a happier existence at work & home was very well received. She brings a lot of credibility to the topic as she is very honest about her own experiences. It was refreshing to hear. I can’t recommend enough adding an element of Happier to a company event.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Nataly Kogan
  • Women Inspiring Women
  • Gillette
  • MediaMath
  • Atrium Innovations
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Mullen
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • F5 Networks
  • Digitas
  • Million Dollar Roundtable
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Happier Now: How to stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Every Day Moments (Even the Difficult Ones)

Why is the pursuit of happiness so stressful and unfulfilling? Nataly’s own journey from Russian refugee to successful executive and founder and CEO of Happier taught her an important lesson: You can’t wait for everything to be perfect to feel good – you have to learn how to find joy in small everyd ...

Why is the pursuit of happiness so stressful and unfulfilling? Nataly’s own journey from Russian refugee to successful executive and founder and CEO of Happier taught her an important lesson: You can’t wait for everything to be perfect to feel good – you have to learn how to find joy in small everyday moments and to boost your emotional immune system so you can get through tough times with compassion and resilience. In this illuminating and compelling talk, Nataly shares the game-changing strategies and insights from her soon-to-be-released book and research. She explores how the science behind happiness can be used to improve all aspects of our lives, showing audiences why we should stop saying "I'll be happy when..." and start saying "I'm happy now because..." In a speech that is as informative as it is inspiring, Nataly teaches her audiences that becoming happier is a skill and just like other skills, we can improve it through practice. She shares the Five Core Practices and the science behind them to help audience members build their happier skills and come away with a personal set of daily anchors—small steps they can take every day to experience more joy and greater resilience.

Happier Work: Unlocking the Strategies for a Workplace that Thrives

80% of American employees report being stressed at work and more than 50% say they are close to burnout. Beyond the human costs, this results in more than $400 billion of losses in productivity, missed work, and healthcare costs. But there is room for optimism: Research has shown that empowering emp ...

80% of American employees report being stressed at work and more than 50% say they are close to burnout. Beyond the human costs, this results in more than $400 billion of losses in productivity, missed work, and healthcare costs. But there is room for optimism: Research has shown that empowering employees with simple scientifically-based skills to improve their emotional health and resilience and cultivating a culture of gratitude, kindness, and trust, has a dramatic impact not just on employee well-being but organizations as a whole.

In this captivating and practical talk, Nataly shares techniques to help employees improve their emotional health, increase resilience, and fuel positive energy and the sense of meaning they find through their work. Highlighting the data-driven research that reveals how employee well-being contributes to an organization’s bottom-line, Nataly illuminates how happier employees make for more innovative, productive and profitable workplaces, and how organizations can put into place practices that allow employees and teams to thrive.

Fire Up The Awesome: How Women Can Connect to Their Best Selves, Lean Into Fear, and Unlock Their True Potential

In this powerful and honest talk, Nataly encourages women to cultivate their true purpose, learn how to deal with fear, and connect to their best self to move from a position of strength to achieve significant growth and fulfillment in their careers and beyond. Having spent her career in male-domina ...

In this powerful and honest talk, Nataly encourages women to cultivate their true purpose, learn how to deal with fear, and connect to their best self to move from a position of strength to achieve significant growth and fulfillment in their careers and beyond. Having spent her career in male-dominated industries of venture capital, finance, and technology, Nataly acknowledges the significant challenges women face in the workplace and the frustrations of trying to balance extremely high personal expectations with often out-of date-societal expectations. In offering frank stories and paradigm shifts in thinking, Nataly reveals practical strategies to help women cultivate a personal sense of well-being, and by connecting with their best self, lean into fear, deal with bias, and ultimately unlock more of their potential without losing their sanity.

Moving Through Fear: How to Connect to Your Bigger Why So You Can Boost Creativity

Nataly is no stranger to fear and the paralyzing effect it can have. From handling the challenge of being a woman in male-dominated fields, to holding jobs that she was too young and inexperienced for, to starting companies, raising money, failing and succeeding, Nataly has become a black belt in ba ...

Nataly is no stranger to fear and the paralyzing effect it can have. From handling the challenge of being a woman in male-dominated fields, to holding jobs that she was too young and inexperienced for, to starting companies, raising money, failing and succeeding, Nataly has become a black belt in battling fear. In this refreshingly candid and insightful talk, she shares her own inspiring stories of moving through fear as well as specific and science-based strategies for how her audience members can do the same. Nataly reveals that while there is no magic pill for not feeling fear, there are ways to move from fear to love, and to find a “bigger why” as a bridge of resilience to get through fear. Nataly empowers her audience to stop trying to be fearless, but rather learn how to remove fear as an obstacle and to find a sense of meaning and purpose, unleashing their creativity in the process. Delivering both actionable advice and eye-opening motivation, Nataly leaves audiences emboldened and prepared to tackle any challenge.

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<p>Nataly Kogan’s new book is a roadmap on understanding and cultivating happiness</p>

Nataly Kogan’s new book is a roadmap on understanding and cultivating happiness

CEO and Founder of Happier NATALY KOGAN has dedicated her career to helping individuals and organizations better understand and achieve happiness. Her new book Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) brings her lifetime of lessons to a wider audience, illuminating how we can stop searching for the elusive “big happy” in the future and start cultivating our happier skills now, today, in this moment. Not a book about positive thinking or always looking for the silver lining, Happier Now reveals the power in embracing the rich fabric of many human emotions, including the difficult ones, and learning how to use scientifically proven practices to live fully in good times and bad. Full of tangible, actionable tools and strategies, Kogan’s book teaches volumes about compassion, resilience, and yes, happiness. Just look at some of the praise Happier Now is already receiving: “By​ ​synthesizing​ ​a​ ​treasure​ ​trove​ ​of​ ​psychology,​ ​neuroscience,​ ​and​ ​behavioral​ ​economics research,​ ​Nataly​ ​has​ ​created​ ​an​ ​immensely​ ​practical​ ​approach​ ​of​ ​what​ ​we​ ​can​ ​do​ ​every​ ​day​ ​to create​ ​more​ ​joy,​ ​feel​ ​more​ ​gratitude,​ ​and​ ​be​ ​happier.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​book​ ​we​ ​can​ ​all​ ​learn​ ​from…” (Bob Kocher, ​former​ ​Special​ ​Assistant​ ​for​ ​Healthcare​ ​and​ ​Economic​ ​Policy​ ​for​ ​President Obama);​  “This book can be a guide to a life of genuine happiness,” (Daniel H.Pink Bestelling Author of Drive); “With​ ​a​ ​skillful​ ​blend​ ​of​ ​scientific​ ​research​ ​and​ ​inspiring​ ​stories,​ ​Nataly​ ​teaches​ ​us​ ​that​ ​the​ ​keys to​ ​happiness​ ​are​ ​right​ ​in​ ​our​ ​hands.” (Bert​ ​Jacobs,​ ​co-founder​ ​of​ ​Life​ ​is​ ​Good).

<p>Nataly Kogan shares the Five Core Practices that help us build and maintain our happier skills</p>

Nataly Kogan shares the Five Core Practices that help us build and maintain our happier skills

NATALY KOGAN’s new book, Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones), introduces her Five Core Practices that help us build and maintain our happier skills. Backed by research in psychology and sociology, and inspired by Nataly’s personal experiences, these Five Core Practices are proven, actionable steps that Nataly has taught to thousands of people, including at her Happier at Work(tm) workshops, and witnessed them benefit by becoming more present, energized and resilient when dealing with stress or change. Elegantly simple and accessible, the Five Core Practices are: acceptance, gratitude, intentional kindness, the bigger why, and self-care. In her compelling, transformative talks, Kogan breaks down the Five Core Practices, revealing how and why they work. Providing tangible actions and small, doable steps audiences can incorporate into their everyday lives, Nataly’s Five Core Practices serve as an impressive powerhouse that help audience members get through tough challenges – at work and at home -- and allow them to truly savor the many good moments that are already in our lives.

<p>Nataly Kogan shares how to be happier and more productive in work and life </p>

Nataly Kogan shares how to be happier and more productive in work and life 

NATALY KOGAN visited the Harry Walker Agency to share her compelling research and proven insight into how to become happier and more productive in any work environment. Her three key steps-- of actively practicing gratitude, kindness, and mindfulness-- can transform not just office's dynamics and business' success, but also personal perspectives. Kogan cited studies that found that 80% of Americans are disengaged from their jobs, and demonstrated how building connectivity and practicing mindfulness, kindness, and gratitude produces more engaged, happy, and productive employees. Further, when Google conducted a study to figure out what distinguished their most successful teams from the rest of the pack, they found that psychological safety was the #1 factor that made teams perform better. Achieving this kind of psychological safety and an engaged workforce is at the core of what Kogan does. As the founder of Happier, an organization that uses scientific research and statistical evidence to allow people and organizations to build happier foundations, Nataly has impacted nearly one million people, transforming personal and professional lives the nation over.  

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<p>Nataly Kogan Event Recap: Media Math brings the concept of Happier to work</p>

Nataly Kogan Event Recap: Media Math brings the concept of Happier to work

Nataly Kogan spoke to Media Math, a global technology and service provider for marketers.  They have more than 750 employees across 16 offices around the world, and their technology analyzes over 200 billion customer opportunities our technology analyzes every day – more volume than the top 10 stock exchanges in the world, combined. Nataly brought her message of how being happier at work helps employees, shareholders and customers.  Here are a few post-event reviews:

"Some great things in her presentation that every single person in the room should think about, and reflect upon, in their daily interactions here."

"Great philosophy and application to real-life use"

"Fantastic addition to the onsite - would love to have more outside speakers like this as a change of pace. I think this was a huge highlight for everyone, which is good to know."

"Best presentation of the whole summit!"

"Really loved this. Bettering ourselves means better output means bigger wins"

"Loved it. This is what we needed. I wish it had been longer."

"This was an amazing addition, definitely a highlight of the whole 2 days! And very much needed content for this crew."

"Please have more presentations like this one!"

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<p>Nataly Kogan and her company Happier in the business press</p>

Nataly Kogan and her company Happier in the business press

The business press is picking up on Nataly's concept of happiness and productivity. From in-depth profiles to practical tips for their business readers, these articles showcase the business application's of Nataly's speeches.

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<p>Happiness Expert Nataly Kogan has developed an app which actually leads to happiness</p>

Happiness Expert Nataly Kogan has developed an app which actually leads to happiness

Happier creates bite-sized, daily lessons that help members learn the tips, tricks, and habits that are scientifically proven to make us happier.  The coaching is inspired by scientific research that shows how gratitude, mindfulness, and staying connected to people you care about create the foundation for a happier and healthier life.

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Nataly Kogan is a former VC and the founder of Happier, a global technology and learning platform helping individuals and organizations to to realize full potential by adopting scientifically-proven practices that improve their well-being.

From her teenage years as a Russian refugee learning English in the projects outside of Detroit, to becoming a leading venture capitalist in a predominantly male industry while still in her twenties, Nataly has continually achieved at the highest of levels.  

She has held top positions at Manhattan-based firms McKinsey and Co. and Hudson Ventures, served as the only female board member at Constant Contact, worked at Microsoft's state-of-the-art Future of Social Experiences Lab (FUSE), and served as Vice President of Consumer Experience at WHERE, which she helped sell to PayPal in 2011. 

Despite a lifetime of accomplishments, Nataly found herself vastly unfulfilled. Initially a skeptic of the research related to the positive effects of gratitude, kindness and mindfulness on our daily lives, Nataly decided to incorporate happiness into her own life—solely in order to prove the research wrong. 

But the more she applied these techniques, the more she immersed herself in and embraced the science and research—experiencing firsthand how effective happiness can be as a tool for realizing full potential in all aspects of work and life.

Rather than chasing "The Big Happy" of career, money and achievements, Nataly soon decided to dedicate her life to discovering and sharing the tools and best practices required to reframe the concept of "I'll be happy when..." to the more powerful "I'm happier now because..."

With this mission in mind, Nataly launched Happier to an overwhelming global response and has since built a community that has shared over six million happy moments (and counting) on the Happier mobile application and website.

Since launching Happier, Nataly has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine and Time Magazine, and has appeared as an expert on Dr. Oz, Bloomberg TV, and "One World" with Deepak Chopra.

She is a sought-out keynote speaker, having appeared at events that include at Million Dollar Roundtable, Fortune's Tech Brainstorm, Blogher, SXSW, the 92nd St. Y, Harvard Women's Leadership Conference, TEDx Boston, and many more. 

Nataly lives in Boston with her husband and daughter. When she isn’t running Happier, she can be found painting in her art studio, doing creative projects with her daughter, deepening her practice of yoga and meditation, or cooking up feasts for her family and friends – all of which bring her a lot of joy.