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
  • SAP
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Well-Being Center
  • SAP Concur
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • GE Capital
  • Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Louis Vuitton
  • SXSW
  • Women Inspiring Women
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
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Emotional Health @ Work During Challenge and Uncertainty: Virtual keynote and Q&A with Nataly Kogan

Change is constant in today’s workplace, but the Coronavirus has brought about a fundamentally new level of challenge and uncertainty, causing increased stress, anxiety, and fear. During this difficult time, it is essential that organizations prioritize the emotional health of their employees. Whil ...

Change is constant in today’s workplace, but the Coronavirus has brought about a fundamentally new level of challenge and uncertainty, causing increased stress, anxiety, and fear.

During this difficult time, it is essential that organizations prioritize the emotional health of their employees. While this should always be a priority, empowering employees with tools and practices to manage stress and increase well-being during times of crisis and uncertainty is a non-negotiable.

The great news is that emotional health and happiness are skills that can be improved and cultivated with practice — and they can help your employees not just cope, but even thrive during change and uncertainty.

This virtual keynote will support and elevate your people now!

Using the science-backed Happier Method™ and armed with research in neuroscience and psychology, Nataly shares the skills and practices to help employees reduce stress, feel uplifted and motivated, boost their resilience, and foster a greater sense of connection with their colleagues (including when working remotely).

In this 45-60-minute practical and inspiring talk, Nataly will cover:

  • Research on uncertainty, happiness, and the human brain
  • Proven skills and practices to reduce stress and overwhelm, and find moments of joy and ease during this challenging time
  • Strategies to foster a sense of human connection and collaboration with colleagues while working remotely
  • Practices and rituals to help strengthen a culture of openness, kindness, and gratitude

Happier @ Work: 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 greatest unrealized assets that research has shown to dramatically improve performance and increase productivity, engagement, innovation, and resilience, while cultivating a people-embracing workplace culture ...

 

Emotional health and happiness aren’t some touchy-feely nice to have ideas. They are your greatest unrealized assets that research has shown to dramatically improve performance and increase productivity, engagement, innovation, and resilience, while cultivating a people-embracing workplace culture that helps you be at your best.

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

Challenge is Constant, Struggle is Optional: Avoid burnout, manage stress, and achieve long-term growth and success!

80% of Americans experience stress at work, which negatively impacts engagement, productivity, and innovation, not to mention employee well-being and job satisfaction. 95% of HR leaders said burnout is sabotaging workplace retention and in 2019, the World Health Organization identified burnout as an ...

80% of Americans experience stress at work, which negatively impacts engagement, productivity, and innovation, not to mention employee well-being and job satisfaction. 95% of HR leaders said burnout is sabotaging workplace retention and in 2019, the World Health Organization identified burnout as an official diagnosis.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! In this practical and inspiring talk, Nataly Kogan shares her personal story of burnout and science-backed emotional health skills and immediately applicable practices to help you better manage stress, boost resilience during challenges and change, and make well-being a realistic priority for yourself and people you work with.

Happiness is a Skill: Strengthen your emotional health skills with science-backed practices for more joy and greater resilience!

In this vulnerable and practical talk, nationally recognized emotional health expert Nataly Kogan shares her lifelong struggle of searching for the elusive “big happy” and how she finally made the essential mindset shifts that allowed her to live with more self-compassion, joy, and meaning. Nataly r ...

In this vulnerable and practical talk, nationally recognized emotional health expert Nataly Kogan shares her lifelong struggle of searching for the elusive “big happy” and how she finally made the essential mindset shifts that allowed her to live with more self-compassion, joy, and meaning. Nataly redefines happiness as a skill that anyone can cultivate and shares science-backed skills and simple, yet powerful practices — used by more than one million people! — to help you experience more joy in everyday moments and greater resilience when times get tough.

You’ll learn the 5 Core Happier Skills, the strategies to reduce stress and avoid burnout, and why it’s OK to be not OK, as well as how to make gratitude a daily habit and cultivate self-compassion so you can bring your best self to every area of your life.

Elevating Women Leaders: 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, avoid the trap of perfection, and tap into their best self to lead from an authentic place of strength, regardless of the obstacles. Having spent her career in male-dominated industries of venture capital, f ...

 

In this powerful and honest talk, Nataly encourages women to cultivate their true purpose, avoid the trap of perfection, and tap into their best self to lead from an authentic place of strength, regardless of the obstacles.

Having spent her career in male-dominated industries of venture capital, finance, and technology, Nataly offers frank personal stories with vulnerability and humor, while acknowledging the significant challenges women face in the workplace. She reveals powerful mindset shifts and practical strategies to help women cultivate a personal sense of well-being, achieve sustainable success, and unlock their full leadership potential to thrive.

The Power of Resilience: Science and skills to help you thrive during change, challenge, or disruption.

Uncertainty, change, and challenges are more common than ever in today’s workplace and they dramatically impact employees’ stress levels and their ability to do their best work. The great news is that emotional health is a skill which can be improved and cultivated with practice — and it can help yo ...

Uncertainty, change, and challenges are more common than ever in today’s workplace and they dramatically impact employees’ stress levels and their ability to do their best work. The great news is that emotional health is a skill which can be improved and cultivated with practice — and it can help you not just cope, but thrive during change and uncertainty. 

Using the science-backed Happier Method™ and armed with research in neuroscience and psychology, Nataly shares the skills and highly tangible, simple practices that leaders and employees can implement right away. These practices help to reduce stress and anxiety, boost resilience, foster a greater sense of connection with their colleagues (including when working remotely) and improve their ability to make decisions and problem-solve during times of change and disruption.

Elevated Leadership: Practical skills to help you and people you lead be at their best!

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The Science of Gratitude: Cultivate a human-centered culture of gratitude to boost engagement and performance.

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.

Embracing the Bigger Why: Skills and practices to leverage purpose and meaning to help everyone flourish at work.

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Unlocking Creativity: Science-backed skills that cultivate psychological safety and drive collaboration and innovation.

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<p>Creative & Interactive Virtual Programming Idea: Well-Being & Watercolor with happiness expert Nataly Kogan</p>

Creative & Interactive Virtual Programming Idea: Well-Being & Watercolor with happiness expert Nataly Kogan

If you are looking for a way to generate buzz for your event, stimulate a team's creativity, or offer a fun perk to your employees, we have a fantastic recommendation! NATALY KOGAN is a happiness expert with a passion for painting, and she combines them in a new, energizing and interactive session focused on self-care and the power of creativity, with a live watercolor painting component (no experience required!). The program is loved by audiences from such groups as Google and Watermark, and teaches how to let go of perfection in pursuit of true innovation.

Nataly is the creator of the Happier Method, founder and CEO of Happier, and author of Happier Now.  She has received rave reviews 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.

Programming Tip: Send a watercolor kit to each attendee before the event to give your guests a tangible souvenier and to help them keep the creative ideas flowing after the session!

 

<p>VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Nataly Kogan supports and elevates your team right now</p>

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Nataly Kogan supports and elevates your team right now

A successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist, NATALY KOGAN is a happiness expert who helps us all get through this challenging time with greater resilience. Her new virtual keynote, Emotional Health @ Work During Challenge and Uncertainty, is a 60- 90 minute virtual talk in which Nataly shares research, science-backed skills, and simple practices that can be implemented right away. These tangible practices help reduce stress and anxiety, boost resilience and motivation, foster a greater sense of connection and purpose, and improve your ability to make decisions and problem-solve during times of change and disruption. Since mid-March, she's delivered 40+ virtual talks for groups such as Intuit, Cisco, Capital One, and more. Nataly is also hosting weekly virtual webinars on her Facebook Live to provide inspiration and help people manage difficult emotions and help colleagues and family members do the same.

The CEO and Founder of Happier—an award-winning global technology and learning platform— and bestselling author of Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) Nataly transforms individual and team culture so that people can thrive. As the coronavirus has brought about a fundamentally new level of challenge and uncertainty, causing increased stress, anxiety, and fear, Nataly helps organizations prioritize the emotional health of their employees. Her virtual talk, followed by a Q and A, covers topics including:

  • Research on uncertainty, happiness, and the human brain
  • Proven skills and practices to reduce stress and overwhelm, and find moments of joy and ease during this challenging time
  • Strategies to foster a sense of human connection and collaboration with colleagues while working remotely
  • Practices and rituals to help strengthen a culture of openness, kindness, and gratitude

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

Nataly Kogan in the news

A sampling of NATALY KOGAN's recent media appearances:

1.1.2020  The joy audit: how to have more fun in 2020  |  The Guardian

12.23.2019  8 HR Predictions For 2020  |  Forbes

<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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Biography

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

She’s the creator of the Happier Method™, founder and CEO of Happier, and  author of Happier Now, which was published in 2018.

By 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.

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 health with science-backed skills and practices.

Today, hundreds of thousands of people cultivate their emotional health and leadership skills through Happier @ Work programs, online courses, and other learning tools.

Nataly is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker and  has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including The Washington PostThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

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.