A European at heart, I was born in French Alsace, only a few kilometers away from the German border and close to Switzerland, where I happily grew up close to nature.
The world has rewarded my sharp thinking skills with a Masters in Political Administration (MPA) from Sciences Po Paris and a respectable early career as a political advisor then management consultant, supporting senior leaders and executives in sensitive transformations. Would you have guessed that in my early years I led various national political campaigns, and was France’s youngest MP candidate at age 26 ? I loved that first take at entrepreneurship.
I learnt a lot about team leadership, project management and change management, working first for a large city and the French Senate, then for international and boutique consultancies. I appreciated the intelligence, complexity and creativity I found there.
However, after a number of years I began to feel that the full strengths and potential of many members of these systems – including my own – were not being used. I reconsidered what I could offer others and myself through my work, and embarked on a lifetime’s journey to deepen my capacity in hosting transformative change that can benefit us individually, in our organisations, and in our world.
Some years into that process, I experienced a burnout, which prompted me to reinvent my relationship to work and fulfillment. I practiced in-depth various disciplins to grow my poise under pressure, awareness and management of my energy levels and my personal leadership.
“I wish to foster the emergence of powerful and authentic leaders who will take their teams and organizations towards highly innovative pathways to performance, meaning and well-being at work, and solve at their level the global issues of the 21st century and beyond.”
Then I came across an approach that was far more useful in helping me realize my goals than anything else I had tried: embodiment. It gave me the fuel to take risks on behalf of what I care about, to hold healthy boundaries and to persevere in the face of obstacles. I learned new skills for working with myself and others, and I discovered a way to marry my history as a dancer, ice-skater and singer with my cognitive life.
Now, I work with people (see below) in seminars and in private consultation to help them embody a more compelling presence, align their actions with their deeply felt purpose, handle high-pressure situations more elegantly, and develop more satisfying and effective relationships with others.
I practice different mindbody disciplins on a regular basis : mindfulness, aïkido and lyrical singing are my favorites.
I wish to foster the emergence of powerful and authentic leaders who will take their teams and organizations towards highly innovative pathways to performance, meaning and well-being at work, and solve at their level the global issues of the 21st century and beyond.
Some of the values dearest to me are: