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How to do the Work You Love Without Burning Out

By AWIS National

We are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress, exhaustion, and burnout. And we’ve all bought into the story that we need to choose between meaningful success and our well-being. Nataly Kogan talks about changing this mindset and recognizing that cultivating our well-being is not a soft skill – it’s non-negotiable if we want to sustainably do the work we love.

As a CEO, venture capitalist, and refugee, Nataly pushed herself beyond her limit for decades, choosing success at the expense of her emotional and mental health. Her own burnout, which almost cost her the company she built, her family and herself, taught her a powerful lesson: Being a martyr and putting yourself and your emotional fitness at the bottom of your list doesn’t just hurt you. It hurts your ability to do great work and be a force of good in the lives of others.

Nataly brings a fundamentally new and practical approach to familiar concepts like self-care and emotional fitness. She combines research about the human brain with immediately accessible practices to help you better manage your energy and strengthen your emotional fitness so you can do the work you love without burning out.

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Meet the Speaker 

A leading expert on emotional fitness, Nataly Kogan is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and keynote speaker on a mission to help millions of people embrace their Awesome Human, struggle less, and thrive more in work and life!

Nataly immigrated to the US as a refugee from the former Soviet Union when she was 13 years old. Starting her American life in the projects and on welfare, she learned English by watching “Who’s the Boss?” on repeat.

She went on to reach the highest levels of success at McKinsey and Microsoft, as a Managing Director at a venture capital fund, and as founder or executive at 5 startups and tech companies.

But after years of chasing a non-existent state of nirvana, Nataly suffered a debilitating burnout that led her to find a new way to live and work.

Today, she helps Awesome Humans break free from daily burnout, unleash their full human potential, and experience more joy and meaning by sharing her unboring science-backed Happier Method™ – and her signature positive energy!

Nataly is a sought-after international keynote speaker and has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, TEDx Boston, and SXSW.

She is the founder of Happier, Inc, and has worked with hundreds of top companies, teams, and leaders through her Happier @ Work and leadership programs.

Nataly is the author of HAPPIER NOW , GRATITUDE DAILY, and THE AWESOME HUMAN PROJECT and hosts the Awesome Human Podcast that people call their “best-self hour”.

Nataly began painting when she turned 40 and is a self-taught abstract artist. She loves bright colors, overuses the word “awesome”, and is the funniest person in her family. (Just can ask her husband and daughter, her favorite Awesome Humans.)