By Roadtrip Nation

Vienna Mbagaya



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.



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

Career Roadmap

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


Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant