Sonia Turner, MBA


Business Development Advisor
French — English Interpreter

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Bonjour from a qualified interpreter with 15+ years of international business experience.

I am an experienced cross-cultural communicator based in NYC who interprets for negotiations, business meetings, and events. Organizations I’ve worked with include Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

After receiving a BBA in the US and an MBA in Paris, I held national (US) management roles at Chanel, Lancôme, and Kanebo Cosmetics. In 2016, I launched a French manufacturer’s business in the US and continue to support French businesses as an independent manufacturer’s representative.

Across my roles as linguist, trainer, business development manager, I am consistently a brand ambassador for my clients. I proudly represent businesses with professionalism, energy, and nuance.

 

Services

 
 

Business Development

Manufacturer’s Representative
Representing French products professionally as a sales agent in the US. Includes business development strategy, pitching buyers, sales, and facilitating purchase orders

Market Analysis
Product-specific research into the viability of new markets

Supply Chain Sourcing
Sourcing products from France and facilitating US customs brokerage and transport

Logistics
Finding and liaising with US warehouses, fulfillment, and delivery for French businesses to American retailers

Interpreting

Simultaneous Interpretation (French — English)
Converting what is said in real-time, without pauses in conversation 

Consecutive Interpretation (French — English)
Delivering each phrase in its translation after the speaker pauses

Travel / Escort Interpretation (French — English)
Providing both language and cultural mediation on-the-go

Voiceover (French / English)
For radio, television production, filmmaking, or theatre presentations (click here for samples)

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Highlights

 
 

Qualified Interpreter (2018)

Received Certificate in Medical Interpretation from Hunter College in New York City, USA. Credentialed in all 50 states. Clients include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE).

 

Business Development Manager (2016-2017)

Successfully launched French veterinary hospital equipment brand Génia in the US market. Sourced and closed six-figure contract with largest veterinary distributor in the US as the sole liaison between the French and American office.

 

Business Development Officer (2012-2016)

Raised critical funds for The Bowery Mission through creative communications, including seminars for potential new donors. Doubled fundraising portfolio year-over-year for 3 years.

 

National Education Manager (2005-2006)

Developed all training materials for Lancôme salesforce in the US, including seminars, demonstrations, written manuals, business planners and videos. Trained 34 corporate-level trainers for 7,500+ beauty advisors.

 

National Chief Trainer (2002-2005)

Developed and delivered all salesforce training for Kanebo Cosmetics across the brand’s 25 locations in the US. Required 80% domestic and international travel, as well as daily communication with Japanese team members.

 
 

Testimonials

 “A strong communicator who excelled at building relationships and had a magical ability to get anyone… excited about our products.”

- Yumi Kobayashi, Marketing Point of Sales at Chanel

“Sonia did a great job understanding what the meeting was all about. She was very thorough in communicating the message to both parties.”

- Joseph Castellana, President, Prime Food Distributor Inc.

“A true professional who understood how her work also made a difference to growing the top line and bottom line.”

- Mitchell Murata, Advisor to the Chairman & CEO of Kanebo Cosmetics

 
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I have always been drawn to visiting new places and meeting new people. A beauty enthusiast raised by an American dad and Chilean mom, I naturally fell in love with French culture as a young adult. I spent five years in France and became a dual French-US citizen before deciding to settle in NYC. In Manhattan, I can experience a new culture around every corner.

Navigating between cultures and industries has given me a deep appreciation for the values of others while strengthening my own. I believe that what’s most important—in every organization, in every part of the globe—is treating every individual with kindness and respect.

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