My mission and passion is to support individuals with a strong vision that will impact the world for the better.
I grew up in a little town near Lyon, France. My siblings and I were raised by loving and hardworking parents both of whom are deaf. I assumed I would find a job close by, settle down and have a family on my own. It did not take me long to realize that I did not fit in my own life vision. Things did not feel quite right. I had no idea what it was but I wanted “more”.
The more looked like traveling at the time. So I traveled. First for my studies, then for work, then for fun, then for self-discovery. I worked in Dublin for 15 month, and I was exposed to a life I could not have imagined. Again, I wanted more, but this time, I was clear that more was about pushing my own limitations and beliefs of who I was and what I am capable of. I left for Toronto in 2011, and have been living here happily for over 6 years.
I view leaders as relationship experts. By empowering those around you, you make people feel seen and valued, and when that happens, they will step up. Your leadership will be contagious and more leaders will be created. I really believe in what Tom Peters says:
“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”
The first friend I connected with in Toronto, played the role of a leader for me. He is still a very dear and close friend of mine. He taught me about climate change and about our impact in the world. He encouraged me to volunteer and supported my attempts to step into something bigger for myself. After trying out a lot of environmental grassroots and organizations, I chose and settled with Sustainability Network, whose mission is to strengthen environmental nonprofit leadership for collective action.
Toronto has not only offered me great relationships, a safe job and opportunities to develop environmental leadership. It also gave me coaching. My coaching journey started when I felt stuck in a job where I didn’t feel fulfilled anymore. I hired a career coach to gain clarity on what my purpose was, what did I want to do with my gifts and talents, what my gifts and talents were, but most importantly of all what did I really really want?
After my work with the coach, I knew I needed to change career and I knew I wanted to help people. Great, but what does that look like? I continued to dig deep, looking for what was possible. It became clearer and clearer that coaching was a path for me to explore. I enrolled in courses and certification at CTI (Coaches Training Institute) a worldwide renowned coaching school. I loved it. I felt at home and aligned with myself, my values and the way I want to show up in this world.
It is a lifelong journey, and I am still working on myself. I am continuously growing into my better inner leader and creating and implementing new beliefs that are serving my life goal to live a wholehearted life.