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Sophia Hyder Hock

Founder/CEO at Papilia

Professional Training and Coaching

Washington, DC

Biography

Sophia believes in the power of humanizing interactions through personal awareness. Her messages reflect an inspiring and practical message of how people can be proactive, and overcome their challenges to accomplish their professional and personal goals. She addresses the importance of understanding diverse perspectives and how to communicate effectively to get ahead of competition and to bring a greater return on global investment.

She has spoken to a range of students, business owners, women’s organizations, government contracting agencies, universities, and conferences in the United States, United Kingdom, and Asia.

Passion

I thrive and strive to live my best life each day by being open minded to new experiences and opportunities whether I am in Washington, DC or anywhere in the world. As a life coach, I work with people to take one actionable step towards their goals and their 'aha' moments. As a business owner, I enjoy developing strategies that help companies innovate through diverse perspectives, greater modes of communication and wellness principles.

I am willing to travel

More than 100 miles

When it comes to payments

I generally get paid for speaking but make exceptions

Topics

leadership diversity entrepreneurship communication inclusion international development innovation mental health behavior change life coach team building mental health wellness corporate culture mindfulness self care womens empowerment travel yoga cross cultural cross generational

Origin Story

The concept for Papilia was born out of my passion for travel and curiosity to experience cultures of the world in a mindful and responsible way. As an avid traveler and international development professional, I spent hours researching cultural nuances and etiquette to feel confident and comfortable in any business or leisure setting. I wanted to be prepared for my trip prior to departure so I could focus on what actually matters: to absorb local culture, to develop meaningful relationships, and to create lasting memories. But, understanding culture goes beyond a trip. I spent time thinking about how Papilia's mission could impact the lives of people in a more thoughtful way. After many months of brainstorming ideas, talking with people, and reflecting upon global perceptions of diversity and culture in the United States and abroad, I developed a solution that I'm really passionate about: creating tailored strategies, training, workshops and/or coaching sessions for clients interested in improving their corporate culture.

Best Story

When I was 10 years old, I was fortunate enough to live in Sri Lanka for two years. That time in Colombo changed my life forever. I witnessed a different way of living than I was exposed to growing up in the United States. These life experiences led me to become an international development professional and a true global citizen of the world. But in 2014, I left my full time job to pursue my dream of starting an ethical fashion label working with female entrepreneurs in Bangladesh. One month after departing from my job, I was faced with an event that almost took my life. I was in a car accident, hit by three cars and an 18-wheeler head on. That moment made me realize the fragility of life. From that moment I made a choice to live a life full of purpose and intention, and to spread this outlook of positivity to people seeking a similar lifestyle.

Example talks

PEOPLE, PLACE, AND PURPOSE

In this digital age, we are accustomed to receiving large volumes of information at our fingertips. The overload of instant information makes it easy to make snap judgements about people of different backgrounds and places around the world; we seldom take the time to think about how to better understand another person’s point of view. This talk will examine how we can create meaningful connections with other cultures and communicate effectively while maintaining respect when traveling, writing, or representing a destination.

HOW TO INFLUENCE YOUR AUDIENCE THROUGH EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP

This talk will help you influence your audience in a way that incorporates your vision and inspires them to be the best version of themselves. Sophia will discuss how to communicate the concepts of your vision and help others realize their vision, how to understand your audience through empathy, and how your external image has an effect on your leadership style.

HOW TO HANDLE GRIEF IN YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a life altering experience, especially when we are expected to manage daily life responsibilities. Sophia will share her perspective on how she manages grief while balancing her personal and professional life, and how you can continue to live your life in a way that reflects optimism.

HOW TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS AND ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS

Once a risk averse person, Sophia talks about how she broke away from the daily grind to take that leap of faith to start her business, a decision that she never regrets. She speaks about how can you break free from your current mindset and how to set attainable goals to live your ideal life.

HOW TO CREATE LASTING IMPRESSIONS

First impressions create lasting impressions. Learn how to present yourself in a professional manner that adapts to cultural business and social norms. Sophia discusses the importance of body language, conversation topics, and dress codes.

HOW TO HUMANIZE YOUR INTERACTIONS IN A TRANSACTIONAL WORLD

In this era of evolving technology advancements, people more productive, but are getting less personalized with interactions. Technology connects us to people around the world within seconds; it is imperative to make the right impression. Sophia addresses how to connect with people beyond social media, how to influence your audience through voicemails and emails, and how to avoid common culture related snafus.

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY DEVELOP OR EXPAND YOUR GLOBAL PORTFOLIO

Have you or your company been thinking about expanding your business overseas? Endless opportunities are available, but genuine connections are essential to develop your portfolio. Sophia will discuss the importance of learning certain cultural nuances and how to create meaningful relationships in a way that will provide you with a maximum return on your investment.

HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR IDEAL LEADERSHIP TRAITS + OVERCOME BARRIERS TO FEAR

This talk is designed to help you become the leader you have always envisioned yourself to be. Sophia will help you assess your traits in a non-judgmental manner, and provide you with the tools to create a successful roadmap that eliminates fear and creates more thoughtful leadership in your personal and professional life.