Natalie Glebova – author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and public figure, has been intensely focused on empowerment coaching and gender equality activism for the last decade. A former Miss Universe (2005) and UN Women’s advocate, she is passionate about encouraging young people to build their self-confidence and reach their biggest goals.
A graduate of IT Management from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce, she also has a certificate in Nutrition and Sport from Washington State University. Natalie has been actively involved in charity work ever since she moved to Thailand in 2006, and was a spokesperson for world-wide and local organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Operation Smile, SOI Dog Foundation, UNDP, WWF, and Freeland Org.
Her first book Healthy Happy Beautiful became a best-seller in Thailand between 2006 and 2007, offering principles which highlight fundamental steps toward taking care of our bodies through nutrition, exercise and a healthy mind.
Using principles she learned from world renowned coaches such as Tony Robbins and Simon Sinek whom she considers her personal role models, Natalie became successful in many areas of her life including career, relationships and personal development.
As an avid entrepreneur, she co-founded with her husband Dean, an online startup – Travelbook™ a travel-sharing platform that connects travelers through their experiences (travelbook.com). Her most recent business venture is EMPOWERED – a series of workshops, training courses and seminars to teach young minds valuable skills for living an accomplished and fulfilling life, such as building self-confidence, mastering public speaking, goal-setting, negotiating effectively, and positive thinking (EmpoweredClub.com).
Being a Russian immigrant in Canada when she was just 13 years old, Natalie overcame many obstacles and low self-esteem as she was growing up in a new country and adapting to a new culture. It was with this strong attitude and winning mindset which she learned from her young life, that she found the audacity to set big goals and break through barriers – becoming the first immigrant ever to obtain the Miss Canada and the Miss Universe titles.
Now, as a mother to her daughter Maya, Natalie’s mission is to help young people become happy and self -assured. With her latest book, I am Winning – A Guide to Personal Empowerment, Natalie’s hope is to ignite the spark of courage in her readers towards becoming the best versions of themselves.