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, Pendulum Leadership Summit, Atrium Innocations, 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
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • SAP Concur
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Globoforce
  • Women Inspiring Women
  • Gillette
  • MediaMath
  • Atrium Innovations
  • Louis Vuitton
  • SXSW
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Happier @ Work Keynote: The 5 Science-Backed Skills That Transform Team Culture and Help Employees Thrive

Emotional health and happiness aren’t some touchy-feely nice to have ideas. They are your and your organization’s greatest unrealized assets, that will help you thrive and lead a human-centered workplace culture where your employees and teams are dramatically more engaged, productive, and innovative ...

Emotional health and happiness aren’t some touchy-feely nice to have ideas. They are your and your organization’s greatest unrealized assets, that will help you thrive and lead a human-centered workplace culture where your employees and teams are dramatically more engaged, productive, and innovative.

In this practical and inspiring session, Nataly Kogan shares science-backed techniques to help you and your employees improve emotional health, increase resilience through challenges and change, and reconnect to a sense of purpose at work — and life!

Resilience During Change and Disruption: Increase Psychological Safety and Resilience to Help You Thrive During Change

Nataly reveals what individuals and organizations can do to not just cope but excel during times of change. Taking audiences through her research-backed 5 Core Happier Skills, Nataly shares practical strategies and easy-to-implement practices that will help leaders and employees adapt to change, man ...

Nataly reveals what individuals and organizations can do to not just cope but excel during times of change. Taking audiences through her research-backed 5 Core Happier Skills, Nataly shares practical strategies and easy-to-implement practices that will help leaders and employees adapt to change, manage stress and uncertainty, and find new opportunities to thrive.

Optimize Performance with the Science of Gratitude: Cultivate a Culture Rooted in Gratitude to Boost Team Cohesion, Engagement, and Results

In this practical and inspiring talk, Nataly shares techniques to help employees improve their emotional health, increase resilience, and reconnect to their sense of purpose at work. Research has shown that improving employee happiness and cultivating a culture of gratitude, kindness, and trust, has ...

In this practical and inspiring talk, Nataly shares techniques to help employees improve their emotional health, increase resilience, and reconnect to their sense of purpose at work. Research has shown that improving employee happiness and cultivating a culture of gratitude, kindness, and trust, has a dramatic impact on the performance of the organization as a whole.

Women at Work: Fire Up the Awesome and Unlock Your 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, regardless of the obstacles. In the wake of #MeTo ...

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, regardless of the obstacles. In the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp, Nataly sheds light on what it takes to build equitable, inclusive work environments where every voice is heard and every person empowered to succeed. Having spent her career in male-dominated industries of venture capital, finance, and technology, Nataly acknowledges the significant challenges women face and the frustrations of trying to meet extremely high personal expectations. In offering frank stories and paradigm shifts in thinking, she reveals practical strategies to help women cultivate a personal sense of well-being and insights into transforming workplace culture. Nataly shows that by connecting to their best self, leaning into fear, and dealing with bias, women can unlock more of their potential to thrive in today’s workplace....

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<p>Nataly Kogan in the news</p>

Nataly Kogan in the news

A sampling of NATALY KOGAN's recent media appearances:

10.19.2018  Ep 66: How to Be Happier Now, Happier Inc. Founder/CEO, Nataly Kogan  |  10,000 NO's podcast

<p>Nataly Kogan's Happier Now named #1 on Fast Company's Beach Reads </p>

Nataly Kogan's Happier Now named #1 on Fast Company's Beach Reads 

Nataly Kogan's highly-anticipated new book Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) was named #1 to Fast Company's list of "5 summer beach reads that can make you happier at work". A game-changing book that helps people re-frame their thinking, 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. The CEO and Founder of Happier--a global technology and learning platform enabling users to discover new methods of pursuing emotional wellbeing-- NATALY KOGAN has dedicated her career to helping individuals and organizations better understand and achieve happiness. Happier Now shares Kogan's extensive experience and research, and has been making headlines in The Washington Post, Forbes, Popsugar, and more as Kogan breaks down the tips and strategies illuminated in her book with refreshing honesty. Kogan brings the same tangible advice to each of her keynotes, earning overwhelming praise such as: "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..." (Gillette); "As the keynote speaker at our biggest event of the year, Nataly immediately captivated our audience... Her witty sense of humor, genuine passion for her work, and real world stories gave us inspiration (and many head nods and laughs!). Her positive energy is infectious, and our audience left feeling ready to take their careers to the next level thanks to her unique advice and words of wisdom." (Young Women in Digital).

<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, Bestselling 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 one of the leading global experts in optimizing your emotional health. 

She’s the creator of the Happier MethodTM, founder and CEO of Happier, and author of Happier Now: How to Stop Striving For Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones), which was published in 2018. 

After a successful career as a venture capital investor and tech executive at companies like McKinsey and Microsoft, Nataly gave it all up to create the Happier app and help people experience the benefits of gratitude and improve their well-being. It became the most popular gratitude sharing app, with nearly one million people sharing more than 8 million moments of gratitude. 

Building on the foundation of gratitude – and going through an intense period of struggle, research, and trial and error – Nataly developed the Happier Method to bring her mission to the world: 

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

Today, tens of thousands of people cultivate their Happier Skills through Happier @ Work programs, online courses, and other learning tools to experience more joy and greater resilience. 

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, The Wall Street Journal, and The Dr. Oz Show. 

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? She lives outside Boston with her husband and daughter—always on the lookout for their next adventure.