Sophie McLean is an internationally acclaimed expert in teaching awareness, mediation and the personal transformation of leaders. She has worked with people of diverse origins and nationalities and has strong experience and interpersonal skills in the areas of communication, leadership and conflict resolution. With a master’s degree in philosophy from University Aix-Marseilles (with specialization in advocacy and social influence) and a Diploma in mediation from France’s leading law school, the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Sophie is an expert in the field of ontology, the study of the essence of being. She is the author of “The Elegance of Simplicity: A Wisdom Teacher’s Epic Journey to Awareness” (2019).
Of French nationality, Sophie was born in Algeria and raised in Morocco until 1979. She lived in England from 1980 to 1994, where, among diverse professional experiences, she managed Oxford Airport, a business aviation, education, charter and maintenance facility north of London and home to Oxford Aviation Academy, the largest air training school in Europe and, at the time, the second busiest airport in the UK for aircraft movements after Heathrow. While there she obtained her helicopter pilot license.
From 1994 to 2012 Sophie lived and worked in the United States (Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York) as a Landmark Forum Leader for Landmark Worldwide, whose core business is the delivery of seminars and training courses which aim to offer improvements in personal productivity, vitality, communication skills, and decision-making. Sophie was a Global Leader and Faculty Member delivering and managing Landmark’s premier training and development programs worldwide. As a Landmark Forum Leader, she led seminars ranging from 200 to 2,000 people in more than 20 countries to a combined audience of 80,000 people. In addition to being a spokesperson for the company, Sophie was a member of the accomplishment team responsible for the overall results of the company, including the training, development and business results of leaders internationally in 26 centers in 15 countries and 12 languages, including the management, training and development of and the integrity of program delivery at the team and center levels.
Sophie was a United Nations representative on The Commission on the Status of Women’s Hunger Project for poverty alleviation, and in 2017 participated in the United Nations’ 55th Commission for Social Development.
As CEO of Access to Awareness LLC, Sophie leads training in communications, awareness, wisdom and conflict resolution via seminars, mentoring, and conferences for individuals and top-level executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, high achievers, civic leaders, corporations, foundations, NGOs and the United Nations.
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