Sophie Lavaud | English

Mountaineer who loves climbing above 8000 m in the Himalayas…

After Mount Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Gasherbrum II, Broad Peak Manaslu and K2, I summited Annapurna I,  Kangchenjunga this Spring season 2019, and Gasherbrum I this Summer season 2019. I became the first Swiss and French woman by conquering 11 summits over 8000 meters.
First Swiss and Canadian woman on top of K2. First French, Swiss and Canadian woman on top of Annapurna1 and Kangchenjunga 👍👍
That’s why my nickname is now the “88000 Lady”

20 Sophie Lavaud Femme Alpiniste Francaise Portrait

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 summited Annapurna1, Kangchenjunga this Spring season 2019, and Gasherbrum I (8068m) this summer season 2019. I became the first Swiss and French woman by conquering 11 summits over 8000 meters.
First Swiss and Canadian woman on top of K2. First French, Swiss and Canadian woman on top of Annapurna1 and Kangchenjunga 👍👍
That’s why my nickname is now the “88000 Lady”

In realizing my dreams, I try to help women especially in Nepal and Pakistan to achieve theirs.

This year, as ambassador of Terre des hommes, I am involved in a project in Nepal named “Prayaas”. It contributes to improve maternal and newborn survival in perinatal period through a blend of on-site capacity building activities for auxiliary nurse midwives, strengthening of an enabling environment for service delivery in rural birthing centres and community outreach activities.

Teaser “K2-Une journée particulière

“Everest, summit of desire”
Teaser

“K2-Une journée particulière”
Teaser

2019

Gasherbrum I
8068m

 

Annapurna 1
8091m

 

Kangchenjunga
8585m

2018

K2
8611m

Kangchenjunga
8586m

abandoned attempt at 8455m

Daulaghiri
8167m

abandoned attempt at 8455m due to the weather

2017

Manaslu
8163m


Broad Peak
8051m

Kangchenjunga
8586m

abandoned attempt at 8200m

2016

Makalu
8485m

K2
8611m

abandoned attempt at 7500m

2015

Gasherbrum II
8035m

Makalu
8485m

abandoned attempt due to the hearthquake

2014

Everest
8850m

2012

ShishaPangma
8027m

 

Cho Oyu
8201m

Training and team-building

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.

EVENTS

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

References

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…

FILMS

« Sophie Didi, K2 Summit ! » 13 min Caravan production 2018
« Everest, summit of desire » 52 min 2014 from François Damilano www.vimeo.com/ondemand/everest
« K2-Une journée particulière » 52 min 2017 from François Damilano
> Best film of Adventure at “Morrocco International film festival”
> Grand Prix – Verona Mountain Film Festival 2018
> Prix Terre Alte Monde – Temù Mountain Film Festival 2018
> Best Documentary – Winter Film Festival 2018

BOOKS

« Une femme, sept sommets, dix secrets » Co-writers Sophie Lavaud and Didier Chambaretaud – Editions Favre – March 2019
Contributor : « Mythologies Alpines » JMEditions.

CONFERENCES, PUBLIC TALKS

TEDxIESEG Paris / TEDx Paris « La meilleure façon d’atteindre le sommet » / Banque Pictet / FIFAD / Groupe Richemont / Pacifica / Allianz-Patrimoine / Allianz-Francfort / BCGE / Orange / TPG / Lombard Odier / UNESCO Paris / Forum des Sciences, Lille / Club du Lundi / CCI Franco- Suisse / Total Totsa Trading / Musée Olympique / Danone / Evian Resort / Hewett Pacard / Copré /  Millet / W.I.N. Conference / CCI Suisse Canadienne, Toronto / Maulini / Led Lenser / Migros / CPG Genève / Club Alpin Suisse / Rotary / Salon Bitoubi / 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 / We-Champ / Festival International film & livre d’aventure, La Rochelle


Ambassador volonteer of Terre des hommes – helping children worldwide

Ambassador for the RTS La 1ere radio show “Altitudes”
Ambassador of RECCO® for Nepal and Pakistan
Technical advisor and Ambassador: Millet Mountain Group/ Grivel/ Tingerlaat

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