Sophie Badré

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Wise global multicultural creative thought leader Sophie Badré, in brief.

Sophie Badré
Life should be like a piece of art: colourful, surprising, impactful, your own choice.

Home: Miami Beach, New York, Paris, Vancouver.  Age: Ageless and timeless.  Birthplace: Versailles, France.  Profession: Leverage people's unique brilliance.  Significant others: Suki, my cat, who wakes me up every single day at 4 a.m. and my two unique, unbelievable, resourceful, beautiful and smart daughters, Noémie and Clémentine.  Zero bias.  Alma mater: Paris X University and memorable certifications from INSEAD, Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley. Languages spoken: French as a mother tongue; English and Spanish; Russian and ancient Greek (reading only).  I wish I could speak and understand every single language and dialect in the world!

Current project: Building and living a unique, purposeful life.  Hoping to live to over 100 in order to have enough time to help others accomplish their own purposeful lives.  Recent recognition: Named “Best Host Ever” by every single soul who has come to my home.  The most significant recognition.  Recent professional development: Currently in training with CTI (Co-Active Coaching Training Institute) to become a professional, certified coach by the end of 2022.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Moving three times in three years, with two kids and two cats, from Paris to New York to Canada to Miami.  Hobbies: Co-creating memorable moments and inspiring others by sharing unusual life stories. Recent travel or adventure: Inside my own self, since I worked, lived, or visited every continent.  Endless exploration, fascinating!  Recent unique acquisition: A poster from Shantell Martin purchased at New York’s Whitney Museum, stating, “Kindness is a way forward.”

Personality profile: Adventurous, positive thinker, extremely intuitive; risk taker, world traveler, multicultural, open minded; ready to experiment and learn at all times and forever.  What is your greatest joy? Spending time with my two daughters and great friends and just be.  What is your guilty pleasure? Eating kilos of “Crème de Marron” without being able to stop!  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Professional athletes and artists.  Those who are uniquely themselves and can only count on themselves, with no net.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Buying champagne and sharing it with people I love; spending time with them and discussing what matters most, hoping to develop the most bubbly life. What is at the top of your bucket list? Easter Island, a Chilean territory.  How do you relieve stress? Laughing so hard that you get a stomachache; hugging a tree; meditating in front of any source of water; an intense yoga class; swimming in the ocean, time with good friends with good souls; putting things into perspective; getting a healing massage; breathing; gratitude.  What is your go-to workout? Inside my brain.  I want to make sure my neurons always get some workout, so that I am never left behind.

What was your first paying job? A summer job as a flight attendant on Air France.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Dead Poets Society.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Art.  Pride of place goes to a work by Jasper Johns.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My artistic grandmother, the only woman violinist in the Toulouse symphony orchestra during WWII.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Put meaningful purpose in everything you do and always keep your sense of humour.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration?; street art; Ted Talks; botanical gardens; design exhibitions; Master Classes; art shows large and small, worldwide; sharp minds, Harry Styles, my daughters.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? 9/11.  I was going to give birth to my first child a week later.  My life and my expectations changed on every level.

What is your big idea?

Create memorable moments in unusual places to influence people’s lives.

What change would you like to see in the world? Unbiased generosity.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Offer the best version of yourself without expecting anything in return.  What mega-trend most excites you? Plant-based food and sustainability.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Resource scarcity and things that are not publicly announced.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? 800 Euros.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? A mix of Iris Apfel (if still alive), Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Robin Williams, so we can laugh hysterically.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My grandmother’s unique mirror.  Not sure I would be able to run away with it, though.  It probably weighs 300 pounds.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my daughters watching the ocean, laughing, dancing, drinking champagne and with whomever would like to spend time with me.  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t let anyone stop you from becoming the person you are meant to be.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My own birth, if I could only remember it.  

Personal mission: To the wellness of human beings.  Personal motto: Authenticity, elegance at all levels, and generosity.  Favorite quote: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken” (Oscar Wilde).  Desired epitaph: She lived her life as she should have, transformed others and honored her name: Wisdom. Namaste.

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