Malla Haridat is an award winning entrepreneur, author, and founder of New Designs for Life Inc. an innovative training company.   Malla has been recognized by the Mayor of New York City for her work as a mentor to entrepreneurs. She has won the NYC Small Business Award for entrepreneurship innovation. The New York Times did a full-page article on her work and said “Malla Haridat gets people thinking like an entrepreneur.” Malla Haridat is a contributor to Black Enterprise Magazine, HuffingtonPost and has been quoted by Fox Small Business and Inc. She has worked with Black Enterprise Magazine Entrepreneur Conference and sits on the Board of Advisors for Barnard College’s Entrepreneurship Group

Malla has a degree from Columbia University and is the former Vice President of College Relations for the New York chapter of the National Board of African-American HR professionals. She specializes in teaching people how to tackle the big question marks in their life to get the most important answers needed to experience success. Malla started her entrepreneurial pursuits at age 16 when she sold the car she inherited from her grandmother to start a vending machine and when she’s not working, she’s teaching her young daughter how to take advantage of life through entrepreneurial thinking. 

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Malla's Most Requested Speaking Sessions

Money, Negotiation and Mindset: A Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs

In this workshop, we will explore the intersection of money, negotiation, and mindset as it relates to the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women entrepreneurs. Through an interactive exercise, group discussion, and expert guidance, participants will learn key strategies for developing a strong and empowering money mindset. The workshop is designed to be interactive, engaging and empowering, leaving you with the tools you need to build a strong financial foundation for your business. With the skills and knowledge you gain, you will be equipped to make better financial decisions, negotiate more effectively, and create a positive and empowering money mindset


Among employers, an entrepreneurial mindset is one of the most sought-after professional character traits. Whether starting a business or working within a company, the entrepreneurial mindset is the problem-solving, action-oriented, get-things-done way of being, without a lot of resources, that moves organizations forward.

However, there are many misconceptions about what the entrepreneurial mindset is, and how to cultivate it. In this fun, interactive, and engaging presentation, Malla Haridat breaks down what people know about success by implementing the entrepreneurial mindset.

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, uncertainty, challenging situations, and ambiguity are more prevalent than ever. As entrepreneurs have long known, success often lies in embracing the “Messy Middle” – that critical phase where the path forward seems hazy, but innovation and growth are waiting to be unlocked.In this compelling and practical keynote, Malla will empower your corporate audience with the tools and mindset needed to thrive in the face of uncertainty. Drawing from real-world experiences and cutting-edge research, Malla will shed light on the three pivotal talking points:

  • Spotting the Messy Middle
  • Navigating with Confidence
  • From Mess to Comeback
Consider these facts about female business owners:
  • Women face more challenges raising business capital than men
  • Women are more likely to rely on personal financing
With the right tools to succeed, female entrepreneurs become outrageously resourceful, resilient, and successful.
That’s why Malla designed this workshop to help female entrepreneurs — specifically Black and Latina women — unlock their potential and tackle the gender-biased challenges they often face.
With expert guidance, interactive exercises, and group discussions, you’ll gain valuable insights and strategies for:
  • Breaking down financial barriers
  • Negotiating more effectively, so you can secure deals, partnerships, and contracts with confidence
  • Building a strong and empowering money mindset for yourself

The 5 Questions that You Are Probably Not Asking which are Keeping Your Business From Growing

Master the critical business skills to transform your moonlighting into a viable business.

The 3 tools that will move you from Employee to Leader

Transform your professional career by developing your career vision, setting strategic goals and learning how to maintain momentum in your next steps.  

Nailing the Elevator Pitch

The introduction that leaves people begging for your business card.


Subject Matter Expert in Verizon’s Small Business Digital Ready program

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A short sample of prior speaking events include:

  • Association of Black Foundation Executives
  • Association of MIT Alumnae
  • Bank Street College
  • Barnard College
  • Black Enterprise Kidpreneurs/Teenpreneurs Conference
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Columbia University, School of International Pubic Affairs
  • Enterprise-Rent-a-Car
  • Fast Company Magazine
  • INC Magazine
  • National Association of Professional Organizers
  • National Urban Fellows
  • New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals
  • New York Women in Business
  • Ogilvy
  • Partnership for After School Corporation
  • PYP Freelance Business Development Summit
  • Rogue Media
  • State Farm
  • Tory Burch Foundation
  • The Archdiocese of New York
  • The State of California
  • The Gotham Film & Media Institute
  • Queens Economic Development Corporation
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Verizon Digital Small Business Ready Program
  • Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board


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