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Ariane de Bonvoisin        

Founder and CEO of & Author, "The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier"

Ariane de Bonvoisin is an author, speaker, change expert and entrepreneur.

Ariane speaks frequently around the country and abroad on issues of personal and professional change, inspiration and motivation and the topic of mindful living and conscious business. She has spoken at companies such as Google, Twitter, Morgan Stanley, The IDB, KPMG, Essilor, Nestle and The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and The Girls Guides amongst others. She has also been a keynote at events including Oprah’s Conference, Maria Shriver's Women's Conference, the Pennsylvania's Governors Conference, the Houston and Boston Leadership Conferences, the Health Conference in NYC, the Multimillion Dollar Roundtable (MDRT) and other international conferences. She also loves speaking to schools and youth of all ages.

With a degree in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics at the age of 19, Ariane began her professional career at The Boston Consulting Group and worked in over a dozen countries during her tenure. After receiving an MBA from Stanford University, she moved to New York, working with media companies Bertelsmann and Sony. In 2000, she joined Time Warner as the Managing Director of a new $500 million digital-media venture fund. The Fund's mission was to take equity stakes in early-stage, potentially strategic, technology companies.

She is the Founder, CEO and Chief Change Optimist of First30Days, a New York City-based media company focused on guiding people through all types of changes, both personal and professional and social or global. The company, currently features 60 life change subjects. She also hosts a popular on-line show, ChangeNation, where she interviews experts and thought leaders on all aspects of life changes.

Prior to her launch of First30Days and time at Charlie Rose Productions, Ariane spent a year as a Senior Advisor on a Humanitarian Project, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AFRICA. The project involved the top 100 photojournalists placed in the 53 countries of Africa on a single day.

Ariane is currently MSN’s Life Change Expert, a contributing editor to, a Life Balance expert for Health Magazine and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows, including NBC's Today Show, the CBS Early Show, CNN Radio and ABC News Now. She is a Huffington Post contributor and has written articles for media outlets including Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Town & Country, Advertising Age, the New York Daily News and Reader's Digest among others. She has also been written about in Forbes and USA Today.

Ariane’s most recent book entitled, “The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier” was published by Harper Collins in 2008 and reached the best seller list on Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Ariane embarked on a national media and speaking tour for the book. The book has now been translated in close to a dozen languages.

She is also the co-founder of Mindful365, www.mindful365, a website and smart phone app that helps people live consciously a day at a time.

She is an angel investor in various small, exciting ventures all around the world and is always looking for new ways to contribute and get involved.

She is also an accomplished athlete, having been a competitive swimmer, a ski instructor and a runner in a series of marathons and triathlons. She also reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2001, accompanied a group of students to Antarctica in December 2002. She was most recently part of a documentary movie called The Highest Pass ( a motorcycle journey through the highest roads in the Himalayas, which premiered in August 2011; a journey to discover that our highest pass is always within the heart and beyond the mind.

She currently lives between Cape Town, South Africa and New York City, with her partner Alfie and her son, Everest.

Speech Topics

Mindfulness at Work: Helping employees deal with stress, be happier and more productive

Mindfulness has been introduced into many companies with outstanding results. Ariane introduces concepts that she researched for her upcoming book and iphone app, Mindful365. Overall wellness, improving life balance, adding meaning to work and managing the mind, are its core outcomes. Ariane, with her own background in the corporate world and her passion for learning and personal development, is the ideal person to bridge these two and share them. Her captive audiences leave feeling inspired, more relaxed, more present, and more able to handle anything that comes their way.

Living Healthier - How to transform the health of your employees and your company

Tough times inevitably lead to bad habits and health challenges. Having healthy employees is rapidly becoming a competitive advantage and a core value for companies. Founder and CEO of the First 30 Days, Ariane de Bonvoisin helps de-clutter all the information about health, offering a dozen steps that really make a difference. She shares information from over 50 health experts she met and interviewed, from traditional doctors from Harvard to the Dalai Lama's physician. Audiences will learn tips not often talked about, from food combining, to acid/alkali balances in the body, to cleansing, to building the body's natural immunity. She is bold, bright and funny when it comes to discussing her research on health leaving audiences laughing, being amazed, and motivated by a sense of possibility based on real facts and simple daily changes to incorporate into their lives.

The 9 Principles of Change

Change is the most important life skill and survival tool for the next decade. After interviewing thousands, Ariane de Bonvoisin reveals the 9 habits of people who successfully navigate change, whether it is personal or professional. In a lively, and engaging manner, de Bonvoisin gets her audience to look at change differently, to evaluate their own 'change quotient', how to handle emotions such as fear, doubt and impatience and multiple ways to strengthen their 'change muscle'. She discusses what makes the difference in people and companies who can handle any change. Companies are inspired to look at how good they and their employees are at navigating change and how this is rapidly becoming a core competency. She leaves her audiences with optimism, practical tools and ways of making any change easier.

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