Lara Cena is the founder of Talley and an accomplished Business Analyst with 5 years of experience working in tech. Her continuous efforts to create a stance for women in tech-led environments led her to join the Women in tech Forum at 20th Century Fox and volunteer for women in tech-driven events such as Ada’s List.
After going through a few traumatic situations in her personal life, Lara was inspired to create Talley. In 2016 after receiving a demotion at work and experiencing money issues and extreme sadness as a result. Within the space of a month, Lara realised her reference group could not relate to her issues, and that she couldn’t speak to friends or family for fear of judgement. She needed a platform where she could anonymously speak to people who had experienced what she was going through, but couldn’t find any safe space where she could connect based on experiences.
Talley, the mental wellness startup and peer-to-peer therapy platform, was born in November 2019. Talley helps communities discuss personal issues in a safe space where someone truly listens to them. Through Lara’s work and current crowdfunding campaign, Talley aims at becoming a mental wellness application that people can turn to when going through emotional distress stemming from real life situations. With Talley, people are connected to real individuals who have been through the same distressing experiences, and professionals well equipped to help.
Lara is a trained mental health first aider and has become a champion for mental wellness, through her work as Founder of Talley and her social media presence. On her Instagram and Twitter, Lara speaks on the importance of mental health, as well the need to help people become self-aware and take control of their own lives. As a result, she started the Vision Board Workshop, a non profit workshop session series to help people assimilate their goals for the year ahead and put in actionable plans.
This is only the beginning for Lara, as she is a woman on a mission to give back. She aims to do so not only through championing mental wellness but also female empowerment and tackling period poverty in the future.