WOW. IT'S BEEN A BIG YEAR.
And it's still going! We took some time to stop, reflect, celebrate what we have achieved so far and get excited about what is to come.
Sojoourn 2019 in Review
We have become an ONLYLYON expert, known as the first company based in Lyon for newcomers and expatriates.
We were featured in the ONLYLYON collector guide, ONLYLYON collects the best hand-picked nightlife, restaurant shopping or unusual addresses. It's a free guide available at the Tourist's office, place Bellecour.
We've launched the conversational French classes with native and experienced French teachers and we have already helped 20+ expats thanks to our French courses.
We have created a membership pass called “Tribe Member” for our community. It gives access to all our networking events (ApéroExpats and CaféExpats) for free and several discounts. One-hour consulting with our founder is also included to answer all your questions (or to use for an accompaniment to the prefecture, to the doctor...according to your needs!)
We've launched a new event called CaféExpats to offer more networking events to our members, especially for entrepreneurs or people who don't work during the day.
Our community double in size. We have reached over 1000 members. Sojoourn has become such a rich and diverse community. We have been hosting on average 3 events every month. Our clients include individuals and companies.
We celebrated our first anniversary at Mowgli with Lyon Expat Agency, one of our trusting partners.
We have organised 30+ events. Our popular monthly ApéroExpats but also wine & cheese tastings, walking city tours and workshops.
With community and support at the heart of everything we do, we are constantly improving and refining our services and events for our members.
We are really focused on working with and understanding the needs of each of our members. We take the time to know their challenges, difficulties, and future plans.
We work with our members connecting them to subject matter experts and advisors, curating networking events and designing workshops around their needs.
We partnered with Lyon Expat Agency, a relocation agency and PartirAssur, an assurance company to better support the needs of our members. We will continue to partner with trusted services provides to offer the best support, stress-free!
Some of our Greatest Achievements
We hosted and supported a range of successful events throughout the year:
Our first pop-up desk: The Sojoourn Welcome Desk at ONLY LYON Pavillon in Place Bellecour.
Partnered with Juliette Potin (coach), Manika Mey ( HR consultant) and Flexjob to host several career workshops.
Partnered with Juliette Potin (coach) to host an IKIGAI workshop.
Partnered with Stela Klein (executive coach) to host a life balance workshop.
Partnered with Marion Giroudin, to host a workshop about being a freelancer in France.
Partnered with Nina Coates, a yoga teacher to host yoga classes (in 2020, we will host one yoga class every month).
A Heartfelt Thank You
Thank you to everyone who has contributed and become part of what makes Sojoourn such a supportive, collaborative and empowering community. Sojoourn is nothing without community.
A special thank you to three of our lovely members Lorelie Labbe who did a fantastic job to create the content on our social networks (FB, IG) and our website for several months; Rita Saliba who give me such good advice to grow Sojourn (almost every day!) and Silviu Pal, who took all beautiful pictures of our ApéroExpats.
And all people who already take part in Sojoourn as French teachers, Tribe Members or Tribe Leaders! Thank you so much for your trust and to believe in Sojoourn.
And Thank you to our Sojoourn team
Thanks to our French teachers Christel De Villepin, Laure Dumont, Sarah de Leiris and Valerie Albaladejo. And there are others behind the scenes helping, mentoring and advising. Together we are building a brand and community that is providing real and meaningful support for so many individuals and businesses.
There are lots in the pipeline and we are currently working on a big growth strategy for 2020 and beyond. We look forward to crossing paths with you if we haven't already, to continue working with our partners, collaborators, companies and to bringing you along our journey of growth and impact.
Sojoourn is on a mission to be the driving force that makes France the best place in the world for expats. We foster an environment that creates the greatest opportunities for expats to succeed.
See you in the new year.
Emmanuelle, Founder & CEO