Hi there, I'm Nataly

I'm an entrepreneur, author, speaker, refugee, and artist, and my greatest passion is teaching people how to strengthen their happier skills so they can truly thrive -- in life and work.

Watch my TED talk

How a Russian refugee in the U.S. climbed to the top of the corporate ladder, burned out, and changed her life by founding Happier.

(If you want the short version, you can read a bit about my journey here.)

My favorite part of my work: Speaking!

I love to share my journey and lessons learned to help people change how they think about their emotions, leadership, and happiness, and begin to practice skills that help them be at their best -- in work and life.

I'm represented by the Harry Walker Agency and they've been great partners on my speaking journey.

In September of 2019 I traveled to Sydney, Australia, to give a 20-minute keynote about the power of gratitude to 10,000 people attending a conference there. Here's the video of that talk (and I promise the first few seconds will make you smile.)

And here's a talk I gave in 2019 at Workhuman Live, one of the world's leading conferences that celebrates the power of humanity in the workplace.

To learn more about my speaking and some of the places where I've given meaningful, energizing talks, click here.

I've been featured in

  • TIME
  • The New York Times
  • Washington post
  • Business Week
  • Forbes
  • San Francisco Chronicle
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Check out my book

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Part memoir, part how-to, in this book I invite the readers to escape the trap of "I'll be happy when..." and use the science-backed Happier Method™ to find more joy in the present moment and greater resilience for when times get tough.

I share the 3 essential mindset shifts about happiness that make lasting emotional health possible:

  • Happiness isn't a reward for achieving enough, but an essential foundation for living a full and meaningful life.
  • Emotional health isn't about being positive all the time, but rather, about learning how to embrace all of our human emotions, including the difficult ones.
  • Happiness isn't a feeling, but a skill you can improve through practice.

Here's a short video where I share one of the practices from the book:

I paint for joy (and sometimes for an audience)

nataly painting in capeI began painting when I turned 40 because it was something I've always wanted to do but never gave myself permission to try (I was too busy being a successful executive!)

I'm completely self-taught and I do it for joy, but as people have discovered my art, they've asked me to share it. So one day I decided to paint live, in front of an audience, to show them that when you do something that brings you joy, everyone roots for you to succeed and helps you move through fear.

You can see some of my art here.

That time I was on the side of a building in Times Square...!

Nataly Pendulum summit

In September of 2018, I gave a keynote at the Pendulum Leadership Summit in NYC, where I shared the stage with Deepak Chopra and Steve Forbes.

A few speaking testimonials