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Getting to Know… Sophie Ryde

As part of our ‘Getting to Know’ series of blog posts, we’re talking to central members of the LEO Learning family so you can get to know them a bit better. Today we’re talking to Sophie Ryde, an Account Director based in LEO Learning’s London and Brighton offices.

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Describe your role at LEO Learning

As an Account Manager at LEO Learning, my job is extremely varied. I look after three sectors within the organisation (Retail, Hospitality and Not for profit), so the organisations I work with are extremely diverse.

Creativity and people have always played a fundamental part in my career – whether that was when I was teaching English in Hungary to 7-14 year olds (now that is a challenge!) or developing sales and service training for a global fashion brand, finding unique solutions for problems and helping people is something I really enjoy.

Which part of working at LEO Learning do you love most?

I know a lot of people have said this but it would have to be the people. I have the pleasure of working with a highly passionate and committed bunch of individuals. I’m aware that this isn’t the case everywhere, so I count myself lucky to be surrounded by a great team.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My return from maternity leave was starting at LEO Learning. After almost 12 years at my previous company, this was quite a daunting prospect. In a non-work context, it would have to be my daughter. I know it may sound cheesy but creating another person really does put things in perspective.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?

Maybe not the biggest but recording my first podcast for LEO Learning, which was about how to successfully deliver blended learning programmes for the retail sector! Honestly, the thought of doing a podcast was a bit terrifying at first. I guess, like most people who aren’t professional broadcasters, I hate the sound of my own voice. But in the end it was lots of fun and the recording came out well, getting loads of positive feedback.

What are the three things you can’t live without?

  • A camera – these days, this tends to be on my phone rather than round my neck
  • Sunlight
  • I’m a stationery junkie, so I’m never too far away from a selection of coloured pens and a notebook

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was very little, I wanted to be a sweet shop owner. Which is odd, as I have never really had a sweet tooth (perhaps that is the winning combination for a sweet shop owner). At a time when I was having difficulty deciding what I wanted to be, I remember my dad telling me (when he was about 40), that he still didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up. I remember that made me feel a lot better.

A photo of sweets which Account Director Sophie Ryde, of Leo Learning, speaks about

Now that you know Sophie Ryde better, we’d love to get to know you too. To find out how LEO Learning can help you transform learning and development in your organisation, contact us today.

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