Sophie Hampel

CEO & Director

Sophie Hampel is the CEO and Director of Inkling Women, an organisation dedicated to driving gender balance at leadership level. Sophie and the team at Inkling Women have a GOLD (Giant Outrageous Liberating Dream) to ensure that 50% of leadership roles worldwide are held by women. Sophie works with leading International and ASX200 companies like Nissan, Woolworths, Qantas, Atlassian, the NSH and Australia Post to rapidly lift the representation of women in leadership positions and create environments where everyone flourishes, regardless of gender. 50% of women who go through Inkling's leadership and coaching programs get a promotion within 6 months. 

Sophie is one of Australia’s most sought after experts on the topics of gender diversity, emotional intelligence and unconscious bias. As a registered psychologist with a Masters in Organisational Psychology, she is expert in equipping leaders with the skills and motivation to create inclusive teams, and in inspiring women to step up, speak up and lead.

Early in her career Sophie suffered from a serious case of Impostor Syndrome, convinced that she would soon be caught out and identified as a fraud who had no idea what she was doing! Sophie became committed to ensuring others did not suffer the same confidence crisis she did, and ensuring organisations create the space for everyone to flourish.

People who work with Sophie say they felt inspired, motivated and supported by her, whether it be in a workshop, coaching or speaking engagement. In a recent leadership program 75% of the women on the program gained a promotion or a stretch opportunity within six months of the program. A number of these women indicated Sophie’s support had been life changing for them.

Outside of work Sophie is a keen adventurer, meditator and hiker. Sophie discovered her passion for inspiring others to take action at three years of age, when she led her whole kindy group to throw their nappies in the trees. She has since funnelled this passion to produce more fruitful outcomes.

What do I love most about working at Inkling?
"I boil it down to three key things:

1. The opportunity to do meaningful work! Our programs change lives and organisations. It is an honour to play a role in creating a better environment for all through driving gender balance.

2. Our incredible team: every day is wonderful when you work alongside incredibly passionate and committed people who like to have fun and don’t sweat the small stuff!

3. The adventure of it all! I joined Inkling when we ran our first women’s leadership program – it has and continues to be a wild ride as we work towards our purpose and GOLD!"


WATCH: Inkling Women talks gender balance on Sky News Business

If you are looking for engaging, entertaining and expert speakers in women in leadership and gender diversity, our CEO, Founder and coaches speak at events worldwide — to critical acclaim:

To have Sophie speak at an upcoming event, please contact Megan Down: or +61 (0)439 339 067