Sophie Sabbage – Keynote Speaker

Mindset alchemist, adversity thriver, Sunday Times bestselling author

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Specialist Subjects

  • Most ‘Transformation’ Isn’t – and how to create shifts that don’t shift back
  • Thriving in Adversity - How to be creative when it matters most
  • The Price of Positivity 'and' the value of shadows
  • Alchemical Leadership - and how to alchemise results
  • The Psychology of Creativity - How to live creatively instead of running ‘ideas’ workshops
  • The Fear Protocol - How to take hold of fear so it doesn’t take hold of your business
  • The Cutting Edge of Patient Care


  • English


Businesses are rising and falling faster than ever before, and crisis is the new normal. Sophie Sabbage is a Sunday Times bestselling author who has worked in the fields of human psychology and corporate change for nearly thirty years. She has equipped hundreds of thousands of individuals as well as leading brands to unlock opportunities for growth that they didn’t think possible.

Personally, she has turned a six month ‘terminal’ cancer prognosis into the most creative six years of her life (so far) by finding solutions she was told did not exist. This put her on a global stage as an authority on how to tap inner powers and life-saving creativity in response to challenges, crises and threats. She is now focused on helping leaders and change agents explode their difference-making powers by learning one thing that radically improves the quality of many things when we know how to activate it.

Sunday Times bestselling author of The Cancer Whisperer (which has revolutionised the cancer community), Lifeshocks and Awakenings in the Time of Coronavirus. The Cancer Whisperer, which placed Sophie on a global stage as a virtuoso on how to thrive in adversity. She has since made numerous media appearances, become an internationally recognised author, created a new narrative about cancer and built a speaking business. She has also been to the north and south poles of her humanity in order to stay alive.

Winner of the Gold Award for Business Culture Change in 2008. Winner of the 2019 and 2020 Global Lung Cancer Alliance awards for Excellence in Journalism. Winner of the Nautilus Gold Award for Personal Growth Books in 2018. Winner of the International Speaker Slam 2020.

B.C. (before cancer) Sophie ran a leadership and culture change business consultancy, which delivered practical psychological tools back when this was still at the cutting edge of business practices and considered quite weird. Her mentor and business partner, Dr. K Bradford Brown, was a direct student of the Auschwitz survivor, Viktor Frankl, the founder of humanistic psychology, Carl Rogers, and the British philosopher, Alan Watts. She stands on the shoulders of giants in this field.

Sophie Sabbage has also been delivering life-changing courses for a global educational charity since 1994. She is a multi-award-winning talent – among them Best Culture Change Programme, Excellence in Journalism and the prestigious Gold Nautilus Book award. Her academic background is in English literature, psychology and organisational change. She brings all this experience to her speaking clients. Her audiences leave wiser and braver than when they arrived.

Eloquent, discerning and boldly truthful, Sophie touches hearts, challenges minds and delivers deep shifts in remarkably short periods of time. She is gifted at reading people, cultures and the roots of issues. Soulful, feisty and highly creative, she also has a reputation for expressing what other people experience but are unable or too afraid to say.

Popular Talks by Sophie Sabbage

Most ‘Transformation’ Isn’t – and how to create shifts that don’t shift back

We need transformation in business and life as much as ever, but the promise of ‘transformation’ has been so overused and under-delivered it has topped the list of jargon words business leaders want to get rid of. According to McKinsey research, 70% of change programmes fail and this has not changed in decades. Indeed, it is getting worse. In this talk Sophie addresses why one of the most powerful words in the English language has been stripped of its true meaning and power. She outlines key indicators of true transformation that she has discovered over three decades in the field. She shares a case study of organisational transformation that sits in the 30% success zone. And she brings personal examples of transformation because the failure of leaders to transform themselves is one of the core reasons that change initiatives fail.

Thriving in Adversity - How to be creative when it matters most

If you haven’t yet been hit by a personal or professional crisis, one is coming. Count on it. No one is exempt. We cannot thrive in business or life without the ability to evolve in response to the unexpected, the blindsiding, the adverse. Sophie, who has had multiple brain tumours four times and has nearly died twice, is a testament to producing remarkable results in the most limiting circumstances. She knows more than most about how to unleash creativity in the midst of intense challenge. Most adversity speakers have overcome whatever happened to them, but Sophie is speaking it and writing it as she lives it. In this talk she shares some of her personal story and a five-step system she has developed for thriving because of crises rather than surviving in spite of them.

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