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Whatever sort of change you are going through, whether you are starting a business, losing your job, dealing with depression or reducing debt, Ariane de Bonvoisin can help you with it. Her expertise lies in helping clients with life balance, better health and greater peace of mind.

Ms. de Bonvoisin graduated in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics and began working for the Boston Consulting Group, traveling globally. She took an MBA at Stanford University and moved to New York to work with media companies Bertelsmann and Sony. She then joined Time Warner, managing a digital media venture fund with $500 million of equity.

She launched First30Days (a life coaching firm) after spending a year as senior advisor on the humanitarian project "A Day In The Life of Africa", which involved 100 top photojournalists recording impressions of all 53 countries of Africa on a single day. Ms. de Bonvoisin has published a book related to the mission of her firm, entitled The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier. The book has subsequently been translated into Spanish.

In addition to her business activities, Ms. de Bonvoisin serves on the advisory boards of two organizations dealing with matters about which she is passionate: Smart is Cool (concerned with empowering young girls) and Call and Response (committed to ending child slavery globally).

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Ariane de Bonvoisin is the CEO and founder 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, including those relevant to our times such as losing a job, selling a home, starting a business, dealing with depression, smart investing, reducing debt and living frugally.

With a degree in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics, de Bonvoisin 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.

Prior to her launch of First30Days and time at Charlie Rose Productions, de Bonvoisin 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.

De Bonvoisin has a monthly column in Redbook magazine and AdAge, is MSN’s Life Change Expert, a contributing editor to BusinessWeek.com, a Life Balance expert for Health Magazine and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows, including NBC′s Today, the CBS Early Show, Fox and Friends, CNN Radio and ABC News Now. She is a Huffington Post contributor and has written articles for media outlets including Town & Country, the New York Daily News, Reader′s Digest, Women′s Health and Media Bistro, among others.

De Bonvoisin speaks frequently around the country and abroad on issues of change. In 2008, she spoke at events including Maria Shriver′s Women′s Conference, the Pennsylvania′s Governors Conference, the Houston and Boston Women′s Conferences, the Health Conference in NYC and international conferences.

De Bonvoisin ′s book entitled, The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier was published by Harper Collins in May 2008. De Bonvoisin embarked on a national media and speaking tour for the book. A Spanish edition was published in December 2008 by Spanish by Rayo, a division of Harper Collins and the paperback edition of First30Days was released in May 2009.

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 and accompanied a group of students to Antarctica in December 2002.

De Bonvoisin currently serves on the advisory boards of the following companies she is passionate about: Smart is Cool (an organization dedicated to empowering young girls) and Call and Response (an organization committed to ending child slavery around the world).


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Ariane de Bonvoisin introduces the audience to her specialty, which is change and change management. She says, “Change was the word of the year last year, I think it's going to be the word of the decade, and I think change is the number one life skill that we're going to need to get good at. Every one of us in this room is in one of three categories, you're either struggling with a life change… or you secretly want to make a change… or you are helping someone else through a change."

Relating a list of the excuses which she often hears for not making change, such as it's too expensive, I don't have time and so on, she says, “Today is the day you get to drop those excuses and look at the one that's been holding you back the most… make this the day you bring that excuse out of your blind spot to where you can see it loud and clear, if you can't see it ask someone else, they can probably see immediately what's been holding you back."

Recalling her own experiences of being stuck in the wrong job before making a change, she tells the audience, “I certainly didn't feel comfortable with what I was doing, I wasn't pursuing a passion, and I certainly wasn't being creative in any way. No one had ever told me that I was an entrepreneur. Nobody had ever told me that I was creative. I had been tattooed as the business person."

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Ariane de Bonvoisin has interviewed thousands of people to discover how to successfully navigate change. She shares her findings with her audiences, showing them how to adapt and embrace change.

Ms. de Bonvoisin has undertaken in-depth research into health care, looking for ways in which companies can take steps to improve the health of their workforce. On issues ranging from food combining to building the body's natural immunity, she provides a wealth of ideas that will improve the health of any workforce.

Always interested in spirituality, Ms. de Bonvoisin discusses the ways in which ambition and money need not necessarily be antithetical to spirituality and meaning. She sets out a new model showing that both the material and spiritual can live side by side.

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.

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.

A Foot in Both Worlds - Combining Business and Spirituality
For so many, ambition and living spiritually, money and meaning, don’t go together. They require a difficult choice. Companies can’t do good, contribute and be profitable. Individuals can’t live spiritually, have a corporate job and a great relationship.

Ariane shows us the misconception of this either/or framework so many companies/people have and inspires us to consider a new model. She reveals a new lens for us to look through in how we make important choices, what it means to live consciously in everything from relationships, to work to how we treat our health.

She gives practical examples of how to combine the material and spiritual calling in day to day choices and how to live in this ′real′ world. In a world where more people and companies are wanting to live consciously and have a sense of meaning, Ariane′s discussion will leave anyone with a sense of possibility, inspiration and clarity.





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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.

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.

A Foot in Both Worlds - Combining Business and Spirituality
For so many, ambition and living spiritually, money and meaning, don’t go together. They require a difficult choice. Companies can’t do good, contribute and be profitable. Individuals can’t live spiritually, have a corporate job and a great relationship.

Ariane shows us the misconception of this either/or framework so many companies/people have and inspires us to consider a new model. She reveals a new lens for us to look through in how we make important choices, what it means to live consciously in everything from relationships, to work to how we treat our health.

She gives practical examples of how to combine the material and spiritual calling in day to day choices and how to live in this ′real′ world. In a world where more people and companies are wanting to live consciously and have a sense of meaning, Ariane′s discussion will leave anyone with a sense of possibility, inspiration and clarity.


Demo Video


Ariane de Bonvoisin introduces the audience to her specialty, which is change and change management. She says, “Change was the word of the year last year, I think it's going to be the word of the decade, and I think change is the number one life skill that we're going to need to get good at. Every one of us in this room is in one of three categories, you're either struggling with a life change… or you secretly want to make a change… or you are helping someone else through a change."

Relating a list of the excuses which she often hears for not making change, such as it's too expensive, I don't have time and so on, she says, “Today is the day you get to drop those excuses and look at the one that's been holding you back the most… make this the day you bring that excuse out of your blind spot to where you can see it loud and clear, if you can't see it ask someone else, they can probably see immediately what's been holding you back."

Recalling her own experiences of being stuck in the wrong job before making a change, she tells the audience, “I certainly didn't feel comfortable with what I was doing, I wasn't pursuing a passion, and I certainly wasn't being creative in any way. No one had ever told me that I was an entrepreneur. Nobody had ever told me that I was creative. I had been tattooed as the business person."

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