Sophie Gadoury (Social Science, Education profile, 2004) is the founder of nimble bubble, an EdTech startup aiming to change the way leaders and team members give feedback in the corporate workplace.
A former volleyball player and coach, Gadoury was inspired by the way that coaches could create optimal environment for their athletes and give constructive feedback that would improve their performance. Given the success of the model she had herself experienced in sports as both a player and a coach, Gadoury wondered why this approach to feedback couldn’t be implemented successfully in an office environment.
When Gadoury was a student at Champlain Saint-Lambert, she played on the Cavaliers volleyball team and coached the high school students across the street at Collège Durocher.
“I had already stated coaching and I was so passionate about it,” she recalled. “It helped me discover the best of the coach-athlete relationship because I was doing both at the same time.”
Gadoury said she chose Champlain as an opportunity to improve her English-language skills and added that playing on a team with bilingual peers was a great chance to practice. Thanks to her hard work, she was able to get into McGill University after Cegep, where she completed an undergraduate degree in Education.
It was at McGill that Gadoury decided to stop playing and focus her energy on coaching. While completing a Master’s Degree with a specialization in sport psychology at Université de Montréal, Gadoury started working as an assistant-coach for the Carabins women’s volleyball team.