Cultural Intelligence Consultant, Co-Founder &
CEO O.Y.E. Business Intelligence & Nativa Inc.
"Understanding the impact of changes in population and how these dynamic forces affect not only human behavior, but the use of technology are key factors to ensure our clients success."Natasha Pongonis said in an interview for the Columbus CEO magazine
Natasha Pongonis is a native of Argentina who has worked with companies in Europe as well as both North and South America, developing a strong sense of understanding the client’s needs and creating culturally relevant communication strategies. Natasha served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Ohio, at the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (Prospanica), the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), and the Hispanic Chamber of Columbus, Ohio. Natasha was part of the 3rd cohort of the prestigious Stanford University’s Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program and was invited by the U.S. State Department Civic Society 2.0, Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative to join the TechCamp Global in Cali, Colombia representing U.S. female entrepreneurs.
Natasha has been invited to speak at different national and international conferences. Most recently she was invited by El Pais, the newspaper of record in Spain and one of the largest in the Spanish-speaking world, to be a keynote speaker at El Pais Con Tu Futuro. She was also invited to participate in well-recognized conferences such as SXSW, the Open Data Science Conference, CES in Las Vegas, and TechStars Colorado among many more. As a thought leader, Natasha was invited to participate at a roundtable at the White House, to discuss priorities for Latina business owners in America. Natasha received The Women of Color Grant Award by The Tory Burch Foundation, Goldman Sachs, and Fearless Foundation, she was also awarded the Women in Business and Leadership Award by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and was named one of twelve women on “Women Welding the Way” by Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) earning recognition from the U.S. Congress. For her work and leadership, Natasha received the distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Latina Style Magazine.
Natasha started her architectural studies while living in Belgium, and continued her degree at the Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina where she was offered the opportunity to study at The Ohio State University for a semester. She would later conclude her thesis studies in Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Venice, Italy, where she found her passion for international marketing communications while working for a European firm. Being fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Italian, has always enabled her to reach and connect with diverse cultures across the globe.
Natasha currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two children, and she’s a proud holder of the “hockey mom” title.