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ROMAINE JOHNSTONE

Romaine is a coach, a facilitator and trainer and resolutely bi-cultural, even European and fiercely multi-cultural at heart. She loves what she does, is passionate about people, about their development (and her own), about leadership and where that sits within each of us, at home and at work. She's passionate about the potential of diversity and inclusion, about our relationships with ourselves and others, and the potential of these relationships. Romaine is driven by change, by its challenges and opportunities. She's fascinated by words and their impact and her greatest desire is to share all this with her clients with lightness and laughter whenever possible.

Romaine was brought up roaming Europe and parts of Africa. As an adult, she lived and worked in Brussels and London before moving to deepest France, to the west of Toulouse. She's now happily based in Paris. With a background in vocational training and before that in marketing and communication, becoming a systemic coach was something of a calling. Her beginnings were guided by a focus on the development of women, young and not so young, and of responsible start-ups, which she sees as relationship labs(!) with the hope of giving them awareness, positivity and strength.

.Last book you read…
"Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri, eight fabulous tales around culture, freedom and tradition, old bonds and new horizons.

Your heroes include…
My heroines :) my two daughters, for teaching me everything.

My godfather, for being a very small god and a father across the oceans.

Barack Obama (oh and I can’t help adding Michelle) for epitomizing diversity and democracy, leadership, inclusiveness, humanity, companionship, family and of course feminism.

Favourite line from a film…
"UNAGI is a state of total awareness. Only through achieving true UNAGI can you be prepared for any danger that may befall you” - Ross in Friends.

Best day at work (so far)…
Gosh... my first day, my first cert, my first yes, my first thank you.

Who make you laugh…
The Brits, or is it British humour (except on Brexit). So heartwarming.

Last journey you took…
This one, as I write this: on the train between north and south, from rain to the waves, from grey to blue and green, from now to then.

What’s on your desk…
Everyday leaders, men and women; women, big and small ; words, English and French ; students, young and old... and a SWOT analysis : challenges and opportunities. Mine :)

How do you deal with stress…
Run fast and hard (and preferably outdoors).  Breathe slow and deep.  And soak in nature, the breeze and the sun...

All are essential to serenity, grounding and vision.

3 people you’d like to have dinner with (dead or alive)…
Denis Hirson (novelist, poet and long-distance South-African) and Stephen Chan (author and professor of World Politics at the SOAS, University of London). And my husband (novelist, essayist, play-wright, publisher) :)

Favourite place…
In laughter. And out and about.