Malla Haridat is an award winning speaker, author, and founder of New Designs for Life 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 company and when she’s not working, she’s teaching her young daughter how to take advantage of life through entrepreneurial thinking.


Speaking Topics 

The Hidden Factors of the Entrepreneurial Mindset

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.

Click here to learn more about The Hidden Factors of the Entrepreneurial Mindset

Navigating the Messy Middle​

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


The Woman’s Underground Guide to Entrepreneurial Success

In the workforce, a woman make 86 cents to a man’s dollar. In entrepreneurship, that figure is 70 cents to male counterparts in the same industry. Clearly there is a disparity here.  

Where does this come from—and why does it currently exist? In this hard-hitting presentation, Coach, Malla Haridat unearths what is really holding women back—and keeping them from succeeding at the levels they should.

In this aha-inducing experience, Malla stirs women’s awareness of hidden roadblocks that hinder success—while providing a blueprint for moving forward, and playing by a new set of rules and a new found confidence!

Click here to learn more about Malla’s Underground Woman talk

Testimonials of Malla speaking

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Malla Speaking Clips

Using Social Media for Your Career and Personal Life – Malla Haridat

Malla Haridat Teaches Social Media Strategies that Turn Expertise Into Cash

Maximizing LinkedIn

A short sample of prior speaking events include:

  • A Better Chance
  • Association of Black Foundation Executives
  • Association of MIT Alumnae
  • Bank Street College
  • Barnard College
  • Black Enterprise
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Columbia University, School of International Pubic Affairs
  • Enterprise-Rent-a-Car
  • Fast Company
  • FUEL: The Ultimate Men’ Summit
  • INC 5000
  • National Association of Professional Organizers
  • National Urban Fellows
  • New York Women in Business
  • Partnership for After School Corporation
  • Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Program
  • SHRM
  • The Gotham Film and Media Institute
  • US Department of Transportation
  • Verizon



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