Ariana Vargas

Ariana was born in Costa Rica to a father with schizophrenia, is the mother of an autistic son, and lives with diagnosed anxiety disorder and panic attacks. She is the founder and CEO of STIGMA, a mental health media company dedicated to using storytelling to normalize conversations about mental health. In 2022, she and her team launched the STIGMA app, which Google named 2022’s “Best App for Good.” Ariana is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and spent much of her career developing employer branding, DEIB, and social impact content for startups to Fortune 500s. She has appeared on television, radio, and conference stages speaking about social impact, storytelling, and mental health, and is now working with companies to create thoughtful programming that shines a light on inspiring individuals whose stories help workplaces nurture compassionate company cultures.