Leading Through Adversity

You CAN struggle less, avoid burning out, and lead with more energy, clarity, and compassion -- even during a pandemic. Emotional fitness is a leadership skill and we've created this program to help you strengthen it.

The Leading Through Adversity Program

with Nataly Kogan

A 3-month virtual learning experience to help you struggle less through challenges you're facing right now, avoid burning out, and not just survive, but fuel yourself and the people you lead to grow through this difficult time.

Being a leader is hard... especially right now!

  • Uncertainty and change are really stressful and everyone is relying on you for direction and clarity (which you don't always have)
  • Working remotely has brought new challenges and you and your team are struggling to stay connected and motivated
  • The pressure to be strong and positive for everyone else is overwhelming
  • It feels impossible to find time for self-care in your packed schedule, even though you know you’re on the edge of burnout
  • You care deeply about your team but you're not sure how to help them manage stress — and working remotely makes it even more difficult

But it doesn't have to be this way (not even in a pandemic). 

You CAN struggle less -- with stress, doubt, difficult emotions, pressure -- make your and your team's emotional health a realistic priority, and lead with more energy, clarity, and compassion.

How Leading Through Adversity will help you during challenges, change and uncertainty (aka now):

You'll learn a science-backed method to strengthen your emotional fitness and leadership skills so you can struggle less, avoid burnout, and have more energy to bring to your work and the people you care about.

No fluff or empty inspirational talk, ever! This is a roll-up-your-sleeves interactive learning experience!

  • Course-correct your brain's negativity bias and fear of uncertainty to reduce stress, doubt, and overwhelm
  • Communicate with compassion and clarity, even during toughest challenges
  • Practice emotional fitness skills to avoid burnout and fuel your energy — on your own and with your team

  • Strengthen your emotional awareness (a huge contributor to performance) and help your team develop emotional openness
  • Develop a regular gratitude and self-reflection practice to help you bring your best capacity to your work and colleagues
  • Connect with and learn from other leaders going through similar challenges

My burnout taught me life-changing lessons that I want to share with you

Nataly in art room couchHi, I’m Nataly, and even though we may not know each other, I want you to know that I GET IT. 

I spent most of my life and two decades of my career as a business executive, entrepreneur, and leader believing that struggle was an inevitable part of doing anything challenging or meaningful.

Even though on the outside I was incredibly successful and appeared positive and confident, I was often overwhelmed with self-doubt, pushed myself to the limit of exhaustion daily, and over-focused on everything that was wrong or negative -- in myself, at work, in the teams I led.

But I didn’t think that how I felt had any impact on my ability to do my work or to positively impact other people. I adopted a martyr mentality and believed that as long as I cared about my team and doing great work together, my own emotional health -- or lack thereof -- didn't matter.

I took pride in never taking care of myself: Things like self-care or emotional well-being were for the “weak” and I was a tough cookie, who could struggle through any challenge!

Until one day I completely burned out. 

This was the scariest time in my life. I faced losing everything that was meaningful to me — my health, my family, my team, the company I worked so hard to build, my future. 

It’s been six years and I still can’t talk about this painful experience without tears in my eyes.

When I look back, I realize that I had been experiencing daily burnout regularly for decades. But I didn’t have the courage to admit it to myself nor the skills to know how to break free from it. The thing is, burnout isn't just about overworking (which I was). It's also caused by not having a supportive relationship with yourself and assumptions about what others expect from you (in my case, I thought everyone expected me to always be positive and confident.)

With a lot of inner work, research, trial and error, and doing things I never ever thought I would do -- things like acknowledging my difficult feelings and sharing them with others, treating myself with compassion, and learning how to talk back to my brain when it caused me to struggle -- I found a new way to work and live.

I learned how to struggle less and had more energy to bring to the work and people I cared so much about.

I made my emotional fitness and mental health my non-negotiable priorities and saw the quality of my work, impact, and relationships soar.

I began to lead with more authenticity and vulnerability and was blown away by how much closer, committed, and stronger my teams became.

I went from daily burnout and overwhelm to feeling confident that I could lead through any challenge or crisis.

This is what's possible for you.

This is why I created Leading Through Adversity, after sharing what I've learned with tens of thousands of leaders and teams: To help you make yourself a priority, as a leader and a human, so you can break free from burnout (or near burnout), struggle less, and bring your full awesome capacity to your work and the people you care about. (Yes, during a pandemic.)

I think you know deep down that you don't want to just "tough it out" or "make it through". You want to do more than that but without having to push harder, become tougher, or feel more overwhelmed.

I would love to show you the way and hope you will join me for Leading Through Adversity.

With gratitude,


Take their word for it (what some of our graduates say about the program)

Jodi C new"Leading Through Adversity could not have happened for me at a better time. It absolutely helped equip me for the mental and emotional challenges of an extremely challenging new role where I am leading my peers. 

As a former molecular biologist, I truly appreciate the foundational data-backed approach of Nataly's program and would highly recommend this course to anyone finding themselves in a place of struggle."

Jodi Constantino, Senior Director, Corporate Compliance at Capital One

Avi S

"I can unequivocally say that Nataly’s work has changed my being – she has infused me with the skills to transform as a leader. And, through this program and practices, she has helped to unify and inspire my global team in both work and life."

Avi Spivack, VP, Global Solutions Consulting at CM Group


"Thanks to Leading Through Adversity, I am a more open and empathetic leader. I see emotions in others more clearly and am more comfortable with the range of emotions. I am actively practicing gratitude regularly now, asking for help more, and sharing where I am emotionally more."

Kerri Palamara McGrath, M.D., Director, Center for Physician Well-being, Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital

Here’s what’s included in the program:

1. 3-Month LIVE Virtual Learning Experience with Nataly Kogan

Over the course of 3 months, you will participate in 7 live interactive learning sessions. Each 75-minute interactive learning session will be led by Nataly, include specific skills and practices, small breakout groups, and time for Q&A.

2. Access to the Recordings for All 7 Learning Experiences

We will record every learning session and send you a recording right after, in case you miss it or need to leave early. You’ll have access for an entire year (and download any you want to save) so you can rewatch any sessions to refresh your learning and skills, anytime.

3. Session Notes, Handouts, and Library of Tools and Practices

You will receive summary notes and downloadable materials in advance of every session and a homework handout right after. (Homework for each session is to practice the skills we learn — on your own and with your colleagues or team members!)

4. A Private Online Community for Leading Through Adversity Participants

You will get access to a private Leading Through Adversity group where you can connect with other participants to share your insights, ask questions, and support each other throughout the program.

All participants who successfully complete Leading Through Adversity will receive a Certificate of Completion!

Download a PDF summary of the Program

Let's talk about the elephants in the room!

Nataly video screenshotWe're in the midst of a pandemic, you're often exhausted and overwhelmed, your to-do list keeps growing and the pressure to get your work done AND help your colleagues get through this storm is intense.

And I'm asking you to add one more thing to your list and join some leadership program now?

No way.

I hear you, believe me! I really do! If I landed on this page a decade ago, as I was caught in the grips of daily burnout and just trying to put one foot in front of the other, I probably would have closed it immediately.

Emotional fitness skills? Leading with more energy and compassion? Making self-care a realistic priority for myself and my team? All that was "soft stuff" I would have dismissed as unnecessary and extra.

I had projects to launch and a team to motivate, and none of the "soft stuff" was ever going to help. Plus, where in the world would I find the time?

If this is how you feel, please know that I have zero judgement and immense compassion and understanding. I was in your shoes.

But I want to encourage you -- no, implore you! -- to reconsider. And you don't need to take my word for it.

Research shows that:

  • When you improve your emotional health and well-being, you perform at the top of your potential across every area: You're more productive and creative, you make better decisions, including during crises, and you are more effective in your job.
  • Leaders who successfully lead through crises are more open about their emotions and create greater emotional awareness and openness within their teams.
  • Practicing gratitude, kindness and compassion not only reduces your own stress but dramatically improves the resilience and motivation within your teams.

If I could go back and say one thing to my leader self 10 years ago when I was struggling, burning out, and refusing to care about my emotional health, I would say this:

Your emotional health and well-being are not extras or fluff. They are your RESPONSIBILITY to yourself, your work, and the people you care about.

"I absolutely loved the program. I think it should be a requirement for anyone in any kind of leadership role. I am communicating to my team more effectively and finding moments of gratitude."

America Calleros, Engineering Manager at Mastery Logistics Systems, Inc.

This program is for you if you want to:

  • Struggle less, manage overwhelm, and avoid burning out 
  • Strengthen your leadership skills during change and uncertainty
  • Better support your team members’ well-being
  • Learn how to lead with compassion, vulnerability, and purpose
  • Fuel your and your colleagues’ capacity to positively adapt to adversity
*Our past participants ranged from individual contributors who impact projects across teams to global SVPs*

What's Inside the Leading Through Adversity Curriculum

Here’s what we’ll cover in our 7 live sessions together:

  • Live Session #1: Emotional Fitness Principles for Leaders: The science for why emotional fitness is an essential leadership skill, how your emotions affect your performance and decision-making, and how to practice emotional awareness and openness with others
  • Live Session #2: Acceptance and Struggle Awareness: Skills to help yourself (and your colleagues) shift your thoughts to reduce struggle, boldly embrace reality, and better manage difficult emotions so you can bring your best to the challenges you face
  • Live Session #3: Gratitude and Courage: How to use gratitude to counter your brain’s negativity bias, strengthen resilience amidst challenges, and strengthen the fiber of human connection, even while working remotely
  • Live Session #4: Self-Care and Self-Compassion: How to realistically fuel your emotional, mental and physical energy so you can sustainably give your best to your work and the people you care about
  • Live Session #5: Intentional Kindness and Compassion: Skills and practices to lead with compassion and meaningfully connect with others to strengthen trust, collaboration, and human connection (in any working environment)
  • Live Session #6: Bigger Why: Practical strategies to help you and your colleagues connect your daily work to your meaning and purpose to increase motivation and strengthen resilience
  • Live Session #7: How to Struggle Less Through the Toughest Challenges: Putting together the skills and mindset shifts you’ve learned and using the 5 emotional fitness skills as lenses to help you struggle less through tough challenges — and help everyone you lead work through them with greater self-compassion, motivation, and resilience

*All session dates and times are listed at the bottom of the page and all sessions are recorded in case you miss one.*


"Nataly combines research, science, and her own journey to teach us the tools for bringing our best selves to work. Leading Through Adversity is an accessible but powerful reminder that we need to put on our own oxygen masks before we can help others."

Darin Brown, Onboarding Team Leader at Aizan Technologies

Leading Through Adversity Program Summary

Here's what you'll receive when you enroll:

Cupped Hands

3-Month LIVE Virtual Learning Experience with Nataly Kogan — 11+ hours of immersive learning together!

Pencil In Hand

Session Recordings, Notes, Handouts, and a Library of Tools and Practices — yours to download and keep!

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A Private, Online Community exclusively for Leading Through Adversity participants

"Being a part of this program gave me the opportunity and permission to stop and focus on myself, reframing that as my responsibility as a leader and a human. It was the wake up call I needed. I learned so much from Nataly, Debbie, and our cohort."

Sahar Emambakhsh, Engagement Lead at SAP

How do I register? 

Our next program will kick off in March of 2023! Please sign up for our weekly email below to get notified when the next Leading Through Adversity program becomes available.

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"This program has made me lead with compassion before anything. When someone on my team isn't having the best week I remind them that it's okay and check in to see how they are taking care of themselves."

Kelli Sheets, Director of Talent Acquisition at TherapyTravelers

About Nataly

Nataly Kogan is one of the leading global experts in optimizing your emotional fitness and elevating your leadership. She’s the creator of the Happier Method™, founder and CEO of Happier, and author of Happier Now.

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She’s the creator of the Happier Method™, founder and CEO of Happier and Happier @ Work, and author of Happier Now

Before Happier, Nataly held top positions at McKinsey and Microsoft, was a Managing Director at a venture capital fund, and founded or served on the senior teams of 5 startups and tech companies. 

Today, tens of thousands of people strengthen their emotional health and Elevated Leadership skills through Happier @ Work programs, virtual leadership programs, online courses, and other learning tools. 

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

Since the Coronavirus pandemic began, Nataly has done more than 150 talks and virtual workshops for leaders, teams and companies, including SAP, Juniper, Capital One, Google, GE Capital, and many others, which has given her first-hand experience with the specific skills leaders need to successfully and sustainably manage through turbulent times.

Here’s How You’ll Learn and Practice During the Program

Each LIVE video session includes:

  • Session Notes sent in advance so you can easily follow along (and read after!)
  • Learning, fuel, and straight talk from Nataly
  • Check-in on the previous session’s practice assignment 
  • Focus on a specific science-backed emotional fitness skill for leaders and simple practices to try right away
  • Small breakout groups with other participants, to discuss challenge and how you’re practicing what you’re learning
  • Q&A so you can ask Nataly your specific questions
  • A homework assignment to practice the skills we’ve learned and specific ways to do it on your own and with your colleagues
  • A handout of the skills and practices we covered in the session
  • A recording of the session, in case you miss one (find the schedule below)

In between sessions:

  • Practice: Your homework is always to simply practice the skills you learned!
  • Check-in: We’ll send you a quick online check-in to keep you accountable
  • Connect: Ask questions and share your learnings with others in a private online group

"Nataly is a rare combination of authenticity and vibrancy. Not only does she showcase a plethora of life-changing insights for leaders but she surrounds it with her amazing personal journey. She truly cares about helping people with what she has learned and studied. I would highly recommend her to anyone."

Kevin Mullins, VP of Global Communications at Workhuman

Your Program Schedule

Join Nataly for 7 LIVE online video sessions, all listed below in Eastern Time. Remember, we'll send you the recording immediately afterward in case you can’t make it live.

  • Kickoff Live Session #1: Emotional Fitness Principles for Leaders: (90-minute kickoff)

  • Live Session #2: Acceptance and Struggle Awareness

  • Live Session #3: Gratitude and Courage

  • Live Session #4: Self-Care and Self-Compassion

  • Live Session #5: Intentional Kindness and Compassion

  • Live Session #6: Your Bigger Why

  • Live Session #7: How to Struggle Less Through the Toughest Challenges

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are the sessions live or prerecorded?

    All sessions are live via Zoom. There will be small group breakouts during the sessions and time for Q&A with Nataly at the end of each one.

  • I have a busy schedule. Is live participation required?

    You’ll have the best experience if you can participate in the live sessions. However, we know your schedule is busy and will send you a recording of each session immediately after, so you can stay on track.

  • Can I download the course materials and recordings?

    Yes! In addition to viewing/listening online, you can download everything and they are yours to keep after the program ends.

  • I don't manage anyone. Is this program for me?

    Absolutely! Leadership isn't about your title or how many people you manage — you're a leader if you positively impact other people's capacity to thrive. Our past participants have been individual contributors, managers of small teams and SVPs of large divisions.

  • I want to buy this program for multiple people or my team - what do I do?

    Just send us an email at team@happier.com for special team pricing for 5 or more leaders and we’ll handle everything from there.

  • Can I get my company to pay for me to attend?

    Many companies do cover Leading Through Adversity through leadership development budgets. Check with your manager or HR department and if you need a separate invoice or a letter for HR, send us an email to team@happier.com

  • What is the time investment for this program?

    The 7 live sessions are 11 hours of learning and any additional time you invest is entirely up to you. There aren't any lengthy reading materials — you learn by practicing the skills we learn during the sessions and integrating them into your daily routine.

  • I'm IN! How do I register?

    Simply click the Enroll Now button above to reserve your spot today!

  • What if I have more questions?

    No problem! Send an email to team@happier.com and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.