Elevating Women Leaders

Join Nataly and an exclusive group of amazing women leaders on a one-year journey to learn and grow together -- as humans and leaders!

Elevating Women Leaders 

with Nataly Kogan

Elevating Women Leaders is a year-long, small group program dedicated to strengthening your emotional fitness and leadership skills so you can unleash your full, awesome capacity to lead, grow, and thrive in a sustainable way.

This is a transformative year-long experience. It is for you if you want to:

  • Create a more supportive relationship with yourself, your thoughts and emotions so you can struggle less and unleash your full potential and capacity to do what's most meaningful to you
  • Be a centered, calm, and daring leader, who can positively impact other people's capacity to thrive (that's what it means to be a leader!)
  • Show up as your authentic self and create an environment of support and trust where people you lead can do the same
  • Learn how to effectively fuel the emotional and mental well-being of your team members (and make your own self-care a realistic priority!)
  • Feel more confident and effectively manage the inevitable challenges and stress of leadership
  • Amplify your presence and ability to communicate powerfully in high-stakes situations, including public speaking and presentations
  • Preserve and optimize your energy so you can be at your best, including during difficult days and times of change and transition

Why our graduates wholeheartedly recommend this program

Alison Campbell is the Chief of Staff to the Eric Mosley, CEO of WorkHuman. She graduated from Elevating Women Leaders in 2020.

I want to help you unleash your full, awesome capacity to sustainably thrive and be a force of good and positive impact!

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I believe with every ounce of confidence that every single woman leader has an amazing capacity to contribute, to do impactful, meaningful work and to positively impact other people’s capacity to thrive (which is how I define a leader).

But you can’t do it alone. 

I tried. For 15+ years as a tech and finance executive and entrepreneur, I tried to tough it out on my own.

I also convinced myself that I didn’t need to tend to my emotional, mental, or frankly, even physical needs (4 hours of sleep was the norm).

I bought into the story that I was a “superwoman” who could somehow lead successful teams, take care of my family, be a great mom, and oh, be calm and collected through it all.

Until I burned out and almost lost everything.

But there was a blessing in my burnout, a powerful, life-changing lesson:

When I invested in myself -- in my emotional fitness, in my support network, in my mind, body, and soul -- I had so much more to give to my work, my teams, my family, everyone I interacted with.

You don't need to do it alone. And you don't need to burnout to achieve meaningful success.

You DO need:

  • To learn emotional fitness skills to create a more supportive relationship with yourself -- so you can work and lead with joy and meaning in a sustainable way without burning out. And learn how to use and lead these same skills to help others be at their best. 
  • Support, encouragement, mentorship and a place where you can let your guard down with other women leaders, celebrate your wins, and brainstorm solutions to problems and challenges.

This is what Elevating Women Leaders is all about!

Diana Rothschild

“EWL taught me so much on a personal, professional, and emotional level. The combination of neuroscience research, daily practices with myself and my team, and being paired up with incredible women leaders throughout the country created a multi-faceted experience that gave me the tools to be a more compassionate manager, a more intentional and well-spoken leader, and a more present wife and mother. 

I also built deep friendships in the group and look forward to cheering on these amazing women as our careers progress.”

Diana Rothschild, Director of New Business Development for Retail at DoorDash

The power of investing in yourself

Christie Randolph is a Director of Sales Systems at SAP. She graduated from our first cohort of Elevating Women Leaders in 2020.

What can you expect?

  • Highly customized-curriculum for women leaders with real-world application (no meaningless motivational talk!)
  • Science-backed emotional fitness skills for leaders to help you lead from your best self and help people you lead thrive
  • Proven practices you can easily incorporate into your daily routine and interactions with your team

  • All sessions are taught live by Nataly
  • Group and individual support, and ongoing access to Nataly between sessions (via email)
  • Quarterly open office hour sessions where members get to bring their questions and challenges directly to Nataly
  • Group size is limited to optimize for learning, live-coaching, and connection with Nataly and the group

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  • Members are personally curated by Nataly
  • All members are leaders in their companies, including executives in large organizations, division and team leaders, and founders/CEOs of startups
  • Facilitated peer-to-peer support, connection, and accountability
  • A safe, dedicated space to learn and grow, share challenges, and celebrate accomplishments together

Tricia Dirks"I met Nataly when she spoke at our annual President’s Circle event for our top sales and services professionals.  Her message of gratitude, purpose and happiness rang true for me. I am such a believer in introspection, personal growth, and getting up each day and working again to be my best self.

When Nataly asked if I would be interested in joining her first Elevating Women Leaders group, I jumped at the chance to meet other talented female leaders working on the same stuff that I am.  And it has been a gratifying experience.  It is causing me to consciously think about not only my behavior, but what I think about each day.  It’s inspirational, uplifting, a learning experience and fun."

Tricia Dirks, Chief Human Resource Officer of Sleep Number

Gillian Meek four"When I heard Nataly speak at a conference, I was immediately inspired by the way she shared her personal journey of growth, resulting in practices that are scientifically proven to improve productivity and support leadership. It also didn't hurt that she had a Keds story as a part of her history!

When she invited me to be a part of her inaugural Elevating Women Leaders Group, I thought the opportunity to engage with a group of diverse and talented women around these tools was too good to pass up. I have found the 'yellow' thread of gratitude (one of the core Happier principles) has made a profound impact on my team, creating an environment and culture where people feel supported and prepared to take on the toughest challenges. I have also met incredible women who define what it means to be an Elevated Women Leader." 

Gillian Meek, President of Keds

Jenn McColly HR Mag3“Being part of EWL has been a gift. It’s been a long time, longer than I’d like to admit, since I’ve prioritized time to dedicate towards my own development as a leader and a whole person. As a business leader and mom, I always prioritize others. EWL has reminded me of the importance of prioritizing my own personal development. EWL provides a safe forum with like-minded female leaders, creating space for one another to be vulnerable. I am a big believer that you will get out what you put in, so really lean in to the opportunity to connect and engage in order to maximize the impact the program will have on you.” 

Jenn McColly, Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur

Who is Nataly?

Nataly full length headshot - on chairI spent 20 years in tech, finance, and startups, including at companies like McKinsey and Microsoft, usually as the only or one of very few women at the decision-making table. At 26, I became a Managing Director at a venture capital fund -- an industry with fewer than 8% women. Happier is the 5th company I've either founded or been part of the founding team.

Aka, I get it! I really really get it: Being a woman leader is HARD and there are so many hurdles and challenges coming at you daily. 

But what I also learned through my experience is that we can learn to struggle less through the challenges by creating a more supportive relationship with ourselves and our thoughts and emotions.

This isn't something I learned in a research lab. It's a lesson I learned after I burned out and almost lost everything that was meaningful to me, including Happier, the company I love so much and worked so hard to build!

And that's my Bigger Why for creating Elevating Women Leaders and why I'm so eager for you to join me: To teach you the emotional fitness skills to help you struggle less and thrive more and to practice them together, in safe, encouraging, fueling space!

Oh, if you want a more formal bio, I got you: Click here to download it.

Sharon Kan really cropped"I learned to listen to the inner voice and practice gratitude but the most important thing I learned to practice together with other women who lead. When we come together we can amplify the results, we can change together. 

And finally, you can’t learn if you don’t have a great teacher. Nataly is an incredible teacher, her program works and most of all she created a safe place for us to share our stories and let us evolve and grow."

Sharon Kan, co-founder and CEO of Pepperlane

Prabha Seshan“I couldn’t be more grateful to have been a part of Nataly’s leadership program. This program is a beautiful blend of simple skills that you can practice everyday, which are backed by scientific research. By practicing these skills, I learned to not only be a better leader, but more importantly to be a better human being. 

My biggest realization is knowing that happiness is not in achieving big things out there in the future. It is in the small things I experience today. I have learned to embrace and cherish small moments in life and translate that to immense joy and happiness. This is one of the best gifts I can give myself and the people around me.”

Prabha Seshan, Director of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis at Align Technology

What will we be learning together?

Nataly on chair in yellow - side viewYou’ll learn the Happier Method™ for Leaders, a science-backed, practical blueprint for strengthening your emotional fitness skills and leading a positive workplace culture that enables people to be at their best. 

Together, we'll practice developing the essential Awesome Leader Qualities:

  • Emotional awareness and openness
  • Self-compassion
  • Courage (including the courage to talk back to your brain when it makes you struggle!)
You'll learn and we'll practice the 5 Emotional Fitness Skills for Leaders: 

  • Acceptance
  • Gratitude
  • Self-Care
  • Intentional Kindness
  • Bigger Why

You will learn the science behind each of these skills, along with specific, simple ways to apply them in different situations.

We will discuss how to apply the collection of these skills during times of challenge and change and together, workshop any specific challenges members of the group are facing. 

And I promise you that none of this will ever feel like a boring lecture!

How does it work?

  • EWL logo cropped12-month, group learning experience
  • 10 live, 75-minute interactive learning and coaching sessions over 12 months
  • All sessions are held between 12-3pm ET and you'll always get a recording right after
  • Each session includes focused learning objectives, small group breakouts, check-in on previous session’s homework, discussion to dive into specific member questions, and live-coaching
  • Custom learning materials sent via email: session notes, 2-min accountability check-in form, and post-session homework
  • Assignments are to practice the skills you learned in each session (no long or boring reading assignments!) and check in with your accountability partner 
  • Facilitated peer-to-peer support, connection, and accountability throughout
  • Sessions recorded for convenience and members are encouraged to attend at least half of the sessions live
  • 4 additional open office hour sessions where members get to bring their questions and challenges directly to Nataly
  • Unlimited email access to Nataly during the year-long experience

Your investment

Your investment for the year-long Elevating Women Leaders program is $5,500 (covered through Leadership Development by some companies).

If 3 or more women leaders from your team or organization would like to join, please email us at team@happier.com for a special group discount. 

We offer a 3-month payment plan and can provide a program overview PDF for HR available by request.

How do I join?

We just started a new group in September 2021! Please sign up for our newsletter to get updates and announcements about our next group.

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R Sargent

“EWL gave me an opportunity each month to develop myself personally and professionally, alongside other professional women. I learned from Nataly how to not only cope with the stresses of an intense career, but how to revel in the opportunities that come with that career. 

I highly recommend taking time out of your hectic life to do this program. Your investment will be richly rewarded.”

Rhonda A. Sargent, President and Owner of Lamont, Hanley & Associates

Karen McNenny

“Thank you for the amazing past year with EWL. I have searched for executive coaching that would help me “unlearn” behaviors that I’ve carried with me my entire career. I now know that I need to take care of myself first so that I can fill my own emotional reservoir. 

Having the opportunity to get to know Nataly and all the women in our group has been fantastic in expanding my network and gaining new friendships.”

Karen McNenny, Senior Director of Operations and Supply Chain Finance at Align Technology

My Bigger Why for creating the Elevating Women Leaders