The concept for Papilia was born out of my passion for travel and curiosity to experience cultures of the world in a mindful and responsible way.

As an avid traveler, I spent hours researching cultural nuances and etiquette to feel confident and comfortable in any business or leisure setting. I wanted to be prepared for my trip prior to departure so I could focus on what actually matters: to absorb local culture, to develop meaningful relationships, and to create lasting memories.

But, understanding culture goes beyond a trip. I spent time thinking about how Papilia's mission could impact the lives of people in a more thoughtful way.  After many months of brainstorming ideas, talking with people, and reflecting upon global perceptions of culture in the United States and abroad, I developed a solution that I'm really passionate about.

Papilia offers customized cross-cultural communication, mindful leadership, workshops and coaching for businesses and individuals who want to improve upon their strategic international relationships or expand their portfolio to include diverse clientele. These training and coaching sessions also integrate a component that is near and dear to my heart: MINDFULNESS.

In order to interact with other cultures, I believe one has to be mindful of their own interactions. I incorporate personal wellness tools in every offering to create an experience that will enhance your professional and personal life if you are receptive to it.

My ultimate goal is to help you live a well balanced life, feel confident in every interaction, and spend your valuable time making lasting impressions with any and every culture. So, what are you waiting for?


Sophia Hyder

Founder/CEO Papilia

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