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About me

Sofie, executive coach

Belgian living in the Netherlands, working worldwide

MSc, Behavioral expert, Certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach

Over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Talent Management, Consulting and Recruiting, many years of experience working with the top layer of several multinational organizations

Believing that every person and organization has a proverbial Big Fish to catch


The real measure of success is 
happiness and peace of mind

Personal strengths

  • Not impressed by ego nor title
  • 6th sense, heart-centered, committed
  • Have people look in the mirror with more honesty than ever
  • Practical, structured and straight-forward in my approach
  • Result-oriënted (biggest strength and biggest pitfall all at once)
  • Keen eye for cultural differences in communication and management styles
  • Can think BIG

A selection from my Toolbox

Psychological insights – Selfreflection exercices – Stakeholder Centered Coaching (Marshall Goldsmith) – Feed Forward – Stakeholder interviews – Assessment and development centers – Personal Development Planning – Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) – Sales Questionnaire – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – Leadership styles – DISC/PPA – 360° feedback – Hogan – Kolb learning styles – Management drives – Insights discovery wheel – Voice dialogue – Situational leadership – Competence management – Belbin teamroles – Intervision – Shadow Coaching – Activity logs – Wheel of Life – GROW model – Headline Communication – Jobcrafting – SMART goalsetting – Mission, Vision, Values – Jar of Life – Mind mapping – Meditation – Grief cycle Kubler-Ross – Career orientation – Appreciative inquiry – Working with rituals – Brainstorming techniques (Disney etc.) – Enneagram as process model – Systemic coaching and constellations (personal and organisational) – Core quadrants and qualities – Vision board – Business games – 20+ years of corporate experience – 5+ years of experience as a small (global) business owner


It is my mission to help ambitious people all over the world balance their heart and mind to find success, fulfillment and happiness in their career, business and life

When you get stuck in too much head, too much ratio, I’ll bring you a healthy dose of heart and offer you a safe environment where it is okay to take a look at your dear, precious and vulnerable heart (even in corporate)

When you get stuck in analysis (my guess is only to not having to jump), I’ll gently push you out

And as I’m pretty experienced with getting stuck in emotions myself (if you allow them), I’ll show you how to get out if that is what is holding you back

I’ll push you to challenge the status quo, to identify and let go of your limiting beliefs, to think big(ger) and to get to the core of what is driving you and your career, business and life


  • Playing my quarter grand piano
  • Messing around with acrylic paint on large sized linen canvas
  • When I’m not catching some proverbial Big Fish, you’ll probably find me in my daily boxing class or in the swimming pool
  • Luckiest doing what I do best, challenging others and myself to perform at our best


My clients are ambitious people all over the world that want to take the next step in their career, business or life

  • They have achieved success and want to further develop one or more (personal) leadership behaviours
  • Personal or leadership issues are currently standing in the way of reaching their goals
  • They are in a period of transition and/or reorientation (work or life)
  • They are a C(-1) level executive in search of an honest and objective soundboard
  • They are based abroad (or always traveling) though looking for a Dutch/Flemish speaking coach
  • They are looking for a business or personal coach with an international perspective

Client feedback

Key Areas of Career Expertise and Accomplishments

  • Leadership Coaching
  • Personal Development
  • Solving management issues
  • Preparing for transition
  • Enhancing maximum performance
  • High level objective external soundboard
  • Human Resources
  • HR Consulting
  • Talent Management
  • Business unit management
  • Business development
  • Assessment Centers
  • Outplacement
  • Contracting
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Learning & Development
  • Successfully submitted ESF-allowance for Competence management
  • Strategic Product Management
  • Startup of new product-service combinations

Education and Credentials

  • Elevating women in Leadership Hogan assessment, certified by LHH – 2019
  • Certified Global Leadership Assessor, Marshall Goldsmith – 2018
  • Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching – 2015
  • BPI group Annual Executive Coaches’ Conference, Chicago – 2015
  • Published on iBooks: Catch your own Big Fish – 2015
  • Executive Coaching (practice), ACC – 2014/2015
  • BPI group Executive Coaches’ Conference, Amsterdam – 2015
  • BPI group Annual Executive Coaches’ Conference, Chicago – 2014
  • Alti/mbti training, Alert Management Consultants – 2013
  • People-oriënted Coaching (practice), ACC – 2012/2013
  • Systemic Coaching and Counseling, Dare2bU Academy – 2013
  • Adecco Benelux Leadership Program, De Baak – 2010/2011
  • HR Management, Syntra West – 2009/2010
  • Certified consultant Outplacement, Lee Hecht Harrison – 2009
  • Master Class Active Management, APS – 2008/2009
  • Negotiation, APS – 2008
  • PPA – certified assessor, Thomas International – 2007
  • Situational Leadership II, Mailleux & Associates – 2005
  • Social Law and Safety, Federgon – 2005
  • OPQ – certified assessor, SHL – 2004
  • Leadership and Coaching, APS – 2004
  • Sales training, APS – 2004
  • HR Management, SBM Gent – 2002
  • Sales Management, SBM Brugge – 1999/2000
  • Master in Psychology and Pedagogy, Leuven University – 1997

Professional Experience

International executive coach (2013 – …)

  •, Gorinchem NL/Global, owner (2013 – …)
  • BPI Group, Amsterdam/Chicago/Paris (2013 – …)
    BPI group is a global management and human resources consulting firm, focused on helping individuals and organizations navigate change. Founded in 1984 in Paris, France, BPI group operates in 40 countries around the world and partners with HR and business leaders to align, engage, develop and transition talent, providing solutions that span the talent management lifecycle. The global coaching squadre which I am a part of is being led from Chicago
  • Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, Global, Associate (2015 – …)
    Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching approach has proven to help highly successful people make positive long-term change in leadership behaviour through using a methodology that is highly effective and time efficient. After my certification training I have been asked to be one of the international associates related to Marshall Goldsmiths global coaching practice
  • Related activities
    • Academy: Mentoring coaches to bring out their best potential, for themselves and for their coaching clients. Online or face to face
    • Pro deo Skype coaching of kids and young adults between 14 and 24 years old
    • Isagenix: Weight-, performance- and energy management
    • Sophia Lontanto painting (a hobby that got out of hand)

Adecco Personnel Services, Brussels BE/Benelux (2004 – 2013)

Several roles from Branch Manager to Product Manager Assessment Solutions to leading the overall white collar business. Reporting to the CEO for the last 4 years. Focus on all that was not temp business. International expert in HR Services (Assessments, Coaching, HR Consulting, Outplacement, HR-contracting). Advisory role towards Management team and top level clients. Worked with several multinational accounts to align their internal HR and L&D procedures globally (automotive, industry, food, fmcg, etc.)

HR Advisor, Group Thermote & Vanhalst, Waregem BE (2003 – 2004)

Recruitment and selection of blue and white collar workers, organisation of training internally and externally, manage contact with HR suppliers. Successfully submitted ESF-allowance for Competence management

HR Consultant, Konvert Adviezen, Kortrijk BE (1998 – 2003)

Consultant Recruitment and selection. Closing of exclusive contract with clients, proactive Recruitment and advertising, manage the selection process, presentation of preselected candidates, follow up of client and candidate from a to z

HR Assistant, Verdonck Personeelsmanagement, Ieper BE (1997 – 1998)

Calendar planning, administration, assessment, selection, interview, advise & reporting


Dutch Flemish French English

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