Holding Swiss, French and Canadian citizenship, Sophie settled in Geneva over fifteen years ago. Having worked twelve years in the hotel industry, Sophie continued her career in the luxury and cosmetics industry before running her own event management company. Today she devotes most of her time to Himalayan mountaineering but remains a speaker and a consultant in external affairs for the coaching institute futura21.
After Mount Everest (8850m), Makalu (8485m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Shishapangma (8027m), Gasherbrum II (8035m), Broad Peak (8051m) and Manaslu (8163m), Sophie became the first Swiss and French woman by conquering 8 summits over 8000 meters.
Spring 2018, Sophie turns back at 8455 m, 130 meters below mount Kangchenjunga’s summit and on July 21st she reached the summit of K2 (8611m) the second highest mountain in the world. Sophie is the first Swiss woman to have reached K2 summit. Her new nickname is now the « 68000 Laday »
NGO Norlha’s ambassador until 2017, in realizing her dreams, Sophie helped women in Nepal achieve theirs.
Thanks to Sophie’s 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, Le Temps, Le Monde, Le News, 24heures, Le Dauphiné, L’illustré, VSD, Libération, La Montagne et Alpinisme, Spirit Outdoor, Les Alpes, Montagnes Magazine, Le Matin.
TF1, France 3 Alpes, RTS, Léman Bleu, LaTélé, France Culture, France Bleue, One FM, Radio Cité, Dukascopy TV, 8 Mont-Blanc, MBLive TV.
blogs : Danone, Downtoearth, Millet, Libération, Petzl, LedLenser…
« 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 / Banque Pictet / Total Totsa Trading / Olymic Museum / Danone / Table ronde Oxygène / Podcast Hewett Pacard / Copré / Tridex Elite SA / Millet / W.I.N. Conference / Swiss Canadian chambre of commerce, Toronto / Maulini / Led Lenser / Migros Genève / CPG Club de Publicité de Genève / Club Alpin Suisse / Rotary / Salon Bitoubi Genève / Institut futura21 / Plateforme.com / 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 / Salon de la Montagne / Golf Club Esery / Pacifica / Allianz Patrimoine / Evian Resort
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