After working in radio & tv broadcasting, journalism, and advertising over 20 years in France and in Turkey, I specialized in communication strategies, brand management consultancy, executive & intercultural coaching for French, Turkish, and global companies, as well as Non-Governmental Organizations including the United Nations and the National Democratic Institute based in Washington DC.
I have been providing personal and professional development trainings, and intercultural trainings for worldwide leading companies, for the last 17 years.
In recent years, I have prioritized coaching and mentorship, and since 2010, I have provided more than 2000 hours of executive, leadership, intercultural, and empowerment coaching to worldwide corporate clients.
Supporting women in the workforce has been my mission in life, and for the last 20 years, I have been working with high level female executives as well as the female leaders of the future.
During the pandemic, I launched a global Women’s Circle which aims to empower working women.
Since 2017, each year, I offer pro bono mentorship and coaching to two young women starting their career.
Rodolphe Millet, GM of Jacquet Brossard - Limagrain Group / Former CEO of Vilmorin SA:
"I have known Mrs. Ilbas since 2009, when we hired her services as a consultant and intercultural coach for our operations in Turkey. She has worked with the headquarter of Vilmorin SA in France as well as with the General Manager of the Turkish subsidiary in Istanbul since 2009.
Mrs. Ilbas is an extremely successful intercultural coach, and she provided critical guidance to Vilmorin as we conducted business in Turkey.
Ilbas continued to provide valuable consulting and coaching services for the Vilmorin International management staff.
Her unique ability to diagnose cultural differences that need to be bridged in order to rich a successful outcome, make her a vital asset for any individual or company working internationally. "
Sebastien Conte, Head of HR, Vilmorin-Mikado / Limagrain Group:
"Muriel Omur Ilbas has proven over the years to be a very insightful consultant, regularly helping local expatriates and myself to better understand business and management in Turkey."
Frédérique Granado, Head of Audiences & Content, Sanofi
Former Head of External Communications, Groupama
During the year we worked with Mrs. Ilbas, we had the pleasure of benefiting from her great professionalism with a strong corporate spirit, and an openness to other cultures.
Within our Group, Mrs. Ilbas has contributed by her personal implication, her enthusiasm, her great professionalism and her loyalty, to promote the essential values of Groupama at the service of its customers and collaborators.
In addition, her involvement in the network of Groupama external communication correspondents, which brings together all of the communication managers in France and in Europe, has been a valuable addition to our Group."
Aneta Lazarevic, Head of External Communications Operations Europe Tereos:
"Mrs. Ilbas is one of the greatest professionals I've ever met. She is totally committed to her mission, and her wide range of skills and experience is an incredible added value to any organization. Her thoroughness coupled with her ability to think out of the box, bring the projects to a whole new level. I hope I will have the opportunity to work with her again."
Nazlican Yoney, Product Marketing Manager, Google:
"Mrs. Ilbas is one of the best "go to person" in the sector; her expertise in personal image & reputation, presentation & interview performance, and professional coaching is extremely vital for the 21st Century managers. Receiving consultancy service on communication and presentation skills from her is one of the best investments of my career. "
Burcu Cakin Yalman, Founder and Managing Director of Coachzone Transformational Solutions Company:
"I have known Muriel Omur Ilbas since 2010. Our first encounter was when she became my mentor during my development as a trainer and facilitator. As an experienced trainer and communication expert, I was impressed with her professionalism, generous support and strong encouragement which helped me dive into this new sector from my previous corporate finance work, with speed and confidence.
Afterwards, we have expanded our relationship, collaborating in various coaching and training projects with local and international clients.
What I have observed in Muriel Omur, which was the key attraction for me to cooperate with her, is the trust she creates, her strong sense of responsibility, her willingness to serve by sharing her knowledge and experience generously, and her work ethics.
We have successfully completed several projects in the automotive and construction industry. In several other occasions, I have recommended her to my clients that were looking for a communication consultant, speech specialist. She worked as a mentor one-on-one with CEOs, and the feedback I have received has always been outstanding."
Nebil Ilseven, Senior Partner in SITREP Advisors Company:
"Mrs. Ilbas is an intellectually well-equipped and knowledgeable person in her career.
A dedicated professional she is, she is very keen on details of her work. As such she is a thorough researcher to ensure the top quality of her output, whether it is advise to corporates or mentoring to individual clients.
She is very much result-oriented with an entrepreneurial spirit, and always maintains a keen interest in making a difference in her works with clients as well as herself."
Alain Diéval, Former CEO of Lesaffre Turkey
As my executive coach for two years, Mrs. Ilbas helped me to manage a foreign team, to understand the challenges of a new country, and to become a better manager.
Thanks to our collaboration, I was able to access an important international position in 2018 with more confidence and ease.