Sophie Gaspard

Supply Chain Director in MARS


I have lived in different countries during my life, which means I am curious and respect each culture and I’m happy to call Prague home for the last three years.
Work-wise, I believe in developing through our strengths and getting different views to build our own. I believe in freedom of thinking and that I can make a meaningful difference in the business and more importantly with people. I am in my 13th year at MARS and MARS is my third company, having always worked in Fast Moving Consumer Goods.
I am also a mum to a 8-year old daughter and married to a great husband who helps me everyday!

Mentoring topic:  Make sure you follow your dreams, not your fears

In this workshop we will look at how we create and seize opportunities. What is holding us back and how we can help ourselves and each other to follow our dreams and not be held back by our fears.
The idea is to be clear on what is important for you and what you are ready to compromise on. It’s all about how you manage your own balance and make your way through different life stages, juggling your different hats. I am a strong believer in developing ourselves to continue to grow, learn and influence to get the best of ourselves.
In the workshop we will speak about practical tips and how we can apply them, as well as learn from our successes and our failures.

What is the best advice you have ever gained?

‚If you don’t try, you won’t know‘. Dare to ask – for that extra project, for that promotion, for a salary increase, to play a special role in your team. What’s the worst that can happen? You continue doing what you’re currently doing and that’s fine too. Until the next time you dare!

What do you do when you can’t do something, as you imagined?

When things don’t come out as planned, I recalibrate, adapt and recontract. Life is about agility and adaptability. I would suggest to be clear on your goal – then there are many paths on how to get there. ‚Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction‘. Set your own direction.

How do you refill your energy?

Through COVID, I have discovered the power of exercising – should it be running or aerobics. I have also found out that people around me will be of great encouragement in this space – otherwise I would drop out after a few sessions. Whereas feeling part of a community that holds me accountable helps me stay focused on exercising on the long run. Spending some me-time to read and just relax, is also a good way for me to re-energise.