"Lead from the back and let others believe they are in the front." - Nelson Mandela
This is the part where I tell you a story, talk about something inspiring, or risk losing your attention (yikes!). Let's hope for the first option and see where this journey takes us ;)
I did not fall into this career. Mindful Business Leadership is the result of 10+ years spent pursuing business management roles, a master’s degree, independent travel and yoga and meditation training. It’s what I created when the life I led (circa 2018) was not fulfilling my passion for personal development.
Picture this: I held a senior management position at lululemon with a great salary, owned a beautiful house in a nice neighbourhood and had wonderful people in my life (even a dog!)... I was traditionally successful on all accounts, but my fulfillment was short lived. I had gotten caught up in chasing goals that had no long-term impact on my happiness or others, so I returned to the drawing board to plot my move into a passion-driven career.
In hindsight, I initially found inspiration in personal development when traveling solo for seven months in South America. It’s amazing how traveling alone can force you to face yourself and deal with your most ignored thoughts and emotions. Upon my return, I was motivated by the desire to do something that was in stewardship of the earth, so I earned my master’s degree in sustainability and got a job with lululemon. They upheld values I believed in and within six years I moved from an entry-level position to senior management.
I like to say lululemon gave me a business degree in leadership over the years. Working there required a deep commitment to integrity and constant personal development practice, which in large, is why lululemon’s company culture is world renowned. I gained hands-on insight into what successful (and not so successful) leadership looks like and learned specific training methods to help my team thrive. Through a business lens, I understood how strong leadership skills improve employee engagement, retention and of course, SALES. It’s integral to creating a solutions oriented work environment and bringing a business vision to life.
The more I understood that the long lasting success of a business is entirely dependent on its people, the more obsessed I became with helping people become the leaders they want to be.
Eventually, I took the leap into entrepreneurship and made it my mission to teach people how to communicate authentically and mindfully in order to better themselves, their businesses and communities. Motivated by my passion for personal development and love for true leadership, Mindful Business Leadership was born.
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Business and Administration's degree - HEC Montreal.
Master's Degree in Sustainability - University of the Arts in London.
6 years of experience and management with lululemon
Yoga Teacher and Leadership Training 200h - Monterrey, California
Communication and leadership: Landmark Forum, Landmark Advanced and Self-Expression and Leadership Program graduate - Toronto and Montreal.
Resilient Mind Project Consultant and Facilitator
I spent 20 days in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal.
I spent a week in New Zealand with the indigenous community of Waitaha.
I just got my motorcycle a dream/goal I've been wanting for more than 10 years!
I speak French, English and Spanish (almost fluently)
I've been on a few PodCasts: "Practicing Awareness and Owning Your Story with Sophie Abboud" by leading and being. "- "Mindful Business Leadership with Sophie Abboud" by You Might Not like It. - "Comment devenir un leader conscient" by My Village 3xExperience.