Director – The Mary Poppins of Business Transformation
Naily Makangu helps start-ups and small businesses sweep up challenges, leaving behind a legacy of happy highperforming teams.
Starting as a Software Engineer, she carved her own path into creating Athena Leaders, a remote-first
Management and Leadership consultancy. She is an award-winning Trainer and Leader with several
years of experience working in the STEM sector.
Naily has an amazing ability to lead teams and projects, bringing clarity and processes to allow them
to sleep better at night. Above all, she promotes a positive culture where leaders are able to grow
and people thrive.
Her quest has always been to support the development of strong leaders and bring more laughter and
play to organisations, using tools such as the DISC personality profile, other psychometric tools and
Where people are heard and supported, positive results are more likely to unfold. It is therefore her
mission, as a Business Transformation Consultant, to seek solutions for companies in disarray.
Naily has a proven track record of turning around struggling organisations as well as complex projects
Her impact portfolio includes taking an organisation from the brink of closure to
winning five awards in less than a year. Other awards Naily has achieved include “Most Outstanding
Leader”, “Best Trainer in the UK”, and “Best Local Growth & Development Program” in Europe with
Junior Chamber International.
Her best volunteering achievement is creating an award-winning Deaf Awareness Programme in 2017
Challenge | Diversity | Fun | Freedom | Impact
Like many business owners out there, Naily wants people to work in a supportive environment
where they can focus more on getting their jobs done, rather than fighting the system,
processes or politics.
Naily guides her clients to achieve this goal by using various tools:
▪ Transformational Leadership
▪ Transitioning to Remote Working
▪ Managing Remote & Distributed Teams
▪ Building an Empowerment Culture
▪ Interim Management
▪ Managing Change
▪ Technical Project & Programme Management
▪ Leading Without Authority
▪ Portfolio Management
▪ Project Audit, Diagnosis & Support
▪ Developing High Performing Teams
▪ Stakeholders Management
▪ Strategic Planning
▪ Translating – “Geek Vs Mgmt” Talk
Naily customises her training based on her clients’ needs. Here is a sample of her favourite training
▪ Project Management for non-project managers
▪ Remote Working
▪ Everything DiSC ® Personality Types
▪ Embracing the play mindset for a positive culture
▪ Team management and development
▪ Leadership management and development
▪ Women in Leadership
▪ And more