Vienna Mbagaya

Vienna Mbagaya

Founder


Invisible Neighbors

Washington, DC USA


When you're struggling you feel isolated, because we're ashamed to share when we're struggling. But you're not the only one. We're all connected in this. I like the struggle because I think where I'm going is bigger than me and it forces me to get over myself.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Came to the US from Kenya in high school; says the change was "more than a culture shock; it was a smack in the face."
Unfamiliar with US vernacular and cultural norms, she was placed in special ed despite protests and fell into isolation.
Feeling alienated eroded her self-esteem; so much so that she avoided mirrors in fear of facing how different she was.
Decided to share her immigrant story in a blog post and received an outpouring of support from people all over the world.
Realized she had tapped into a common human experience everyone could relate to: feeling alone.
Recognizing the power of community to tackle isolation, she founded Invisible Neighbors, an organization that gives voice to immigrants.
Today, as a consultant and entrepreneur, she's on a mission foster global inclusion and empower those who feel invisible.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Boston College
Graduate
Public Health, General
George Washington University

Career

Founder

I run a consulting firm centered on public health research, tech PR & marketing, and diaspora engagement.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant