Mona Motwani is a human rights lawyer turned entrepreneur, speaker, performance artist, writer, and humanitarian. Her life purpose is to empower others and inspire a global awakening in humanity. She is a co-founder of Spark, a non-profit that funds grassroots women's organizations and seeks to build a community of young, global citizens who are invested in changing patterns of inequality that impact women throughout the world. Spark has recently merged with Global Fund for Women. Mona’s story is featured in three books: A Journey of Riches: Finding Inspiration, 11 Stories that Will Ignite Your Soul, The 50 Women Project, and Nature's Dirty Needle as well as numerous press features.
As a lawyer, Mona worked on initiatives to combat human trafficking at the United Nations in post-war Sarajevo, on policy initiatives for children with disabilities, on behalf of homeless clients and torture survivors, as well as fair housing litigation and prison reform. Mona has been a featured speaker around the world, including the United Nations Headquarters, Stanford Business School, the Silicon Valley Tech Forum, and the Hive Global Leaders Summit. She has a One Woman Show called Monamorphosis: Finding Freedom, a transformational art live performance about her life story, that inspires others to connect to their own hero’s journey through the power of feeling.
While she was a young lawyer, Mona became bedridden, disabled, and reliant on her IV pole, parents, and caretakers for most of 13 years from late-stage Lyme Disease, coupled with anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, autoimmune disease, and complex PTSD. While this journey appeared to destroy every aspect of Mona’s life at the time, she now knows it was her greatest gift. Her harrowing journey into the world of healing gave her expertise on Western and holistic treatments for Late-stage Lyme Disease as well as many other diseases she was diagnosed with, in addition to dozens of practices and modalities that Mona used for over a decade to heal mind, body, spirit, and ancestral lineage. This led her to a very deep spiritual practice that eventually freed her from the grip of her suffering for so long. After Mona began to heal, she moved to Ubud, Bali where she lived for 5 years as a digital nomad and created a new life for herself.
Wanting to fund herself while she continued her healing journey, Mona started her own ecommerce company, partially from a hospital bed in Singapore and watched her successful wellness brand grow over the next 5 years. Her company, Nidra, has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, Business Insider, Wirecutter, United Airlines, Wirecutter, Buzzfeed, and more. Mona began speaking internationally about her journey of becoming a location-independent entrepreneur and CEO, her life journey, and her personal and professional transformation. Mona has been featured in San Francisco Magazine, the Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, and the Sindhian Magazine.
Mona’s passion in life now comes from her work as public speaker, performer, channel, and humanitarian, having shared about her career transition, her spiritual growth through extreme hardship, and her inspirational story of overcoming Lyme Disease, and battling chronic fatigue syndrome, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She is currently writing her first book.