Sophia Kalpaka

Sophia Kalpaka

EMEA People Development Manager

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Professional Summary

Professional Summary

A Trainer, Facilitator and Coach with over 10 years experience in Experiential Learning in the Retail industry.  My vision is to help people achieve their hidden potential through engaging and interactive learning and coaching experiences and development programmes.

 

·        Reed Exhibitions (contract role ): Learning and Development Consultant (November 2018 – March 2019)

·        MSG Corporate Services – Domino’s Pizza Franchise (contract role ): Head of Learning and Development (UK)  (03/2018- 10/2018) 

·        HUGO BOSS: Training & Development Manager – Northern Hub (UK/IRE/Scandinavia) 05/2016-11/2017

·        ADIDAS Group :  Retail Trainer  – Market North Europe (08/2013- 04/2016)

·        ADIDAS Group :  Retail Trainer for Greece and Cyprus.  02/2011- 07/2013:

·        SUMMIT EXPLORING S.A.   09/2007 – 02/2011:  

01/2010 –02/2011:    Account Manager

 04/2009 - 02/2011:    Training and Development Assistant Manager

 09/2007- 02/2011:     Accredited Outdoor Training Facilitator

·        GEITONAS SCHOOL: Educational Psychologist – Athens, Greece 09/2005 – 05/2009              

  • Guest Lecturing at the Nottingham Trent University Business School on topics such as Training Needs Analysis, Budget Management and Performance Management

 

KEY SKILLS

  • High Performance Coach and Mentor
  • Impactful Communicator, Presenter and Facilitator
  • Stakeholder Engagement, Communication and Influencing
  • Customer Orientation and Commercial Acumen
  • Project Management
  • Training Content Creation
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Design and Evaluation of Training Programs
  • Return on Investment Reporting

Accomplishments

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • At Reed - Created and delivered the learning plan for L&D for Reed UK’s Corporate Teams and Project Managed the changes in the learning journey and curriculum resulting from a major department transformation within the business
  •  At Dominos - Owned the L&D roadmap and aligned it with the business needs and commercial goals. Responsible for all training and L&D initiatives for 217 Domino’s Pizza stores across England, Wales and Scotland. Line management of 6 high performing Regional Trainers
  • At HUGO BOSS - Designed, lead, managed and evaluated training and development initiatives (Leadership, Talent Management, Train The Trainer, Customer Service and Product Trainings) across UK and Scandinavia (112 stores in 6 countries). Instigated company focus on Personal Development Plans and Talent Pool creation/maintenance. This process directly contributed to  13% employees achieving a promotion within 9 months
  • At ADIDAS- Delivered inspiring and impactful presentations to audiences of up to 400 Store Management and Retail Leadership Teams from all European Regions focused on a major change in our Customer Service Model. Went on to lead and manage a team of 9 Store Managers (District Champions) to ensure successful CSM roll out and increased customer loyalty and productivity in retail stores.
  • At SUMMIT Exploring - Accountable for New Business Development, and introducing New Innovative Products and Services with a direct result of increasing the number of new contracts signed by 5% YOY.

Education:

11/2007 - 01/2009         ALBA Graduate Business School-   MSc in Strategic Human Resources Management

02/2009                          Accredited Coach – Diploma awarded by the Institute of Human Development  www.ihd.co.uk

10/2001 - 06/2004         UNIVERSITY OF York, U.K. - BSc in Psychology, Honors Degree

09/1999 - 05/2001     International Baccalaureate, Geitonas School, Athens, Greece

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