On July 21st I reached the summit of mount K2 (8611m) the second highest mountain in the world, being now the first Swiss woman to have reached K2 summit.
Holding Swiss, French and Canadian citizenship, I settled in Geneva over fifteen years ago. Having worked twelve years in the hotel industry, I continued my career in the luxury and cosmetics industry before running my own event management company. Today I devote most of my time to Himalayan mountaineering while also giving lectures and being a consultant in external affairs for the coaching institute futura21.
After Mount Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Gasherbrum II, Broad Peak, Manaslu and K2 I became the first Swiss and French woman by conquering 8 summits over 8000 meters. My nickname is now the « 68000 Lady »
In realizing my dreams, I try to help women especially in Nepal and Pakistan to achieve theirs.
Thanks to my 2018 sponsors for trust and strong support :
Over the years, Sophie Lavaud becomes a motivational speaker.
She offers conferences and workshops that use her success mountaineering stories to illustrate some of the important fundamental lessons learned for overcoming obstacles.
- Looking for a speaker ? Story-telling of her climbs in the Himalayas
- Film projection “Everest, Summit of desire” or « K2, Une journée particulière »by François Damilano with Sophie Lavaud.
Conferences, Workshops / Team-Building : You need to bring out a strong message to your team ?
The MOST POPULAR CONFERENCE THEME : The “ followership”: secrets of a successful climb – A dream, a project, a summit”.
This conference is all about the story of this successful ascent to the world’s highest mountain by the North East ridge, and reveals the secrets and the power of the followership.
. “On behalf of the EMEA Women’s Leadership Council (EWLC), I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to you for the great presentation you have delivered! Your delivery was very engaging. By any measure you are an amazing speaker and leader!” – V. Gancheva – on behalf of HP EMEA Women`s Leadership Council team
. “It is safe to say that this was our most popular and most frequented function in years.” – P. Keller Schläpfer Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Toronto
. « I thoroughly enjoyed the stories you shared at the IAC. I subscribe completely to the notion that a lot can be learned in business from sports” – D. Sorio – Business strategy for startups
. « You are not only dreaming your dreams, you are living them ! Congratulations. You have persuaded me to go ahead. » Eve – CWF member
Presse / TV / Radio / Web
Tribune de Genève, Bilan, Le Monde, Entreprise Romande, 30°, Le News, 24heures, Le Dauphiné Libéré, Vertical, L’illustré, VSD, Libération, La Montagne et Alpinisme, Spirit Outdoor, Sphere, Les Alpes, Montagnes Magazine, Le Matin.
TF1, RTS, Léman Bleu, France 3 Alpes, LaTélé, France Bleue, One FM, Radio Cité, Dukascopy TV, 8 Mont-Blanc, MBLive TV.
blobs abd social medias : Danone, Downtoearth, Millet, Libération – chroniques du K2, Petzl, LedLenser…
« Sophie Didi, K2 Summit ! » Caravan production 2018
« On va marcher sur l’Everest » 2014 from François Damilano www.vimeo.com/ondemand/everest
« K2-Une journée particulière » 2017 from François Damilano – Best film of Adventure at « Morrocco International film festival »
Conferences, Public talks
TEDxIESEG Paris / TEDx Paris « La meilleure façon d’atteindre le sommet » / Banque Pictet / Groupe Richemont / Pacifica / Allianz-Patrimoine / BCGE / CCI Franco-Suisse / Total Totsa Trading / Musée Olympique / Danone / UNESCO Paris / Table ronde Oxygène / Podcast Hewett Pacard / Copré / Tridex Elite SA / Millet / W.I.N. Conference / Chambre de commerce Suisse Canadienne, Toronto / Maulini / Led Lenser / Migros Genève / CPG Club de Publicité de Genève / Club Alpin Suisse / Rotary / Salon Bitoubi Genève / Institut futura21 / Festival Himalayen, Lausanne / Antaes / American International Club / Carrier Women Forum / Petzl / IFRC-Croix Rouge / First-FER Genève / Bächli / Caisse d’Epargne / Pictet Academy / TRIMA / Sport Quest / Crédit Agricole / Ambassador Club / Cliniques Hirslanden / UnoMe.ch
« 56000 Lady – L’éloge du followership » Co-writers Sophie Lavaud and Didier Chambaretaud – Editions Favre – March 2019
Contributor : « Mythologies Alpines » JMEditions.
Ambassador for the Altitudes RTS La 1ere radio show
Ambassador of RECCO® for Nepal and Pakistan
Technical advisor and Ambassador: Millet Mountain Group / ONG Norlha.org / Adidas Eyewear / RECCO / Tingerlaat