I came to the US in 2002 to study film and stayed on because I fell in love and got married to a San Francisco local.
It all happened very quickly and I hadn’t really prepared for this life-changing move abroad.
I had to face many hurdles with looking for a job, making friends and dealing with a new culture.
This led me to connect with other expat women who were also learning to navigate the country and after forays into film, working in the non-profit field including helping immigrant professionals find jobs in the US, I founded and launched The Expat Woman in 2013 in San Francisco.
I quickly grew a network of expatriate women to 13k strong and fostered a community that provided a platform for collaboration, networking, and sharing of resources.
I am also a LinkedIn coach, consultant, trainer and speaker. LinkedIn played a huge role in my professional journey abroad, helping me build a network of powerful expat women and allies.
20K network, 400 events, 4 countries
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What People Say
"By far, a great group to be a part of! It is full of incredible, strong, inspiring, knowledgeable women and provides a great platform to learn and connect with individuals of many backgrounds. If you're looking for a strong community to belong to, The Expat Women will make you feel like you're part of a group with a purpose and a group that provides great value to your personal and professional growth. "
Melissa M. Lugo
"The Expat Woman events are such a great opportunity to gain valuable insight from inspiring female leaders across various industries. It's great to have such a welcoming community where women can continue to lift each other up. I've made some great industry connections from these events and I look forward to attending more in the future!"
"The Expat Women is a fantastic social community! Highly recommended. The events are very well organized, insightful and inspirational for both women and for men. I've just moved here from The Netherlands and it has made the transition very smooth and welcoming.
Thrilled to be a part of it!!"
"What an amazing organization! I am so grateful to Nyna and the entire Expat Woman community. Fantastic events! Highly recommend!"
"What a wonderful organization! They are all about empowering women and helping them connect with other professionals to make a difference. They are very well organized and think of everything."
Hillary New Sinclair
"It is amazing the quality of the events that The Expat Woman organizes. Great speakers, great venues and amazing opportunities to network! At the events you always have opportunity for learning, sharing experiences and networking. It is a great place to be if you are looking for a job, for a career change or just for learning more about that topic."
"A phenomenal group of women, poised to impact the world."
"When I moved to SF from India, I became a part of this community where I have met so many wonderful people! Highly recommend attending the events and for anyone who wants to be a part of a strong community of women."
Priyam Joshi Sheth
"Finding the Expat Woman was like finding a new family. Navigating your way around a new country can be challenging as it is and being an introvert made things even harder for me. But the people I met at these events not only helped me overcome my inhibitions but they also enriched my life immensely by sharing their experiences and knowledge. It is comforting yet humbling to know that there are so many smart professional women out there who are ready to help you if you need something. Whether you want to find a mentor, or need advice or just network with smart individuals, the Expat Woman events are the place to go."
"A great, supportive and active community of inspiring women from around the world! Love being a part of it!"
"I absolutely love The Expat Woman community, because it gives me an opportunity to meet like-minded people, find mentors and friends. I am new to the USA and The Expat Women events are the best place to feel, that everything is possible."
"The Expat Women is a support column for each women. It's empowering expats and locals through the different events they are organizing. I've been attending events for few years now and it's never a disappointment. I've been a speaker few times and it's always a pleasure!
Thanks for the great work, keep it up!"