A writer, a speaker and a mentor. For many years, Nadalette was a manager leading
teams in complex, multicultural projects, advising senior management in international
missions, particularly in Communications, Marketing and Talent management roles
(Renault, Apple, Thomson, IBM Europe). Caring greatly about diversity, she did
more personally, joining IBM’s Corporate Service Corps to facilitate the activities
of volunteer teams, and then heading off to India herself to work with NGOs. Board
VP member PWNParis (2005), she has actively supported the development of
women’s networks and mentoring programs. In 2013, she participated with PWN/
Club du XXIème Siècle in the creation of the first mentoring program for women from
multicultural backgrounds. She is part of Cercle Interelles and Digital Ladies.
2014: Her world collapsed. During a surgery, her spinal cord was injured. She went
from a world where she was active to a world where she was bound to a
wheelchair. It was also the awakening of a writer… and of a new life. Dipping her pen
in the well of her pain and anger, but also her positive spirit and humor, she left her
businesswoman’s attire in the closet and published her first book, Le roseau
penchant (The Bending Reed, the Story of a Marvellous Operation) Editions
Fauves. She is a motivational speaker at many conferences – Connecting Women,
Jump, Women’s Forum Paris, TEDx Women, etc.
For nearly forty years, Nadalette La Fonta buried her dream of being a writer.
Nadalette, French, living in Paris, was always on the go. A woman with a forceful
character, committed, passionate, she enjoyed one success after another in her
career, holding coveted positions in the worlds of communication, marketing, and
human resources management. Mainly with Blue chip companies such as MCDonnell
Douglas, Apple Computer Inc and IBM Corporation. A wife and mother of three
daughters, she also had a busy personal life, organizing the everyday activities,
vacations, parties at home… sitting and doing nothing was not Nadalette’s style.
For nearly forty years, Nadalette had also hidden her nightmare: she suffered from
severe scoliosis.The condition grew worse, the pain more frequent and intense.
Nadalette could no longer wait. She could not keep putting it off. She would have to
undergo surgery. Nadalette finally gave in. But after a nine-hour operation and the
insertion of two titanium rods in her spine, she learned on awakening that her spinal
cord had been injured. She was paraplegic.
Her life fell to pieces, the familiar landmarks were shattered.
Nevertheless, for Nadalette, the nightmare contained some “blessings in disguise”…
among them, the chance to confront her true self and dare to realize her dream: TO
In 2017, Fauves editions published her first book "Le Roseau Penchant, l'histoire
d'une merveilleuse opération" – The bending reed, story of a wonderful operation.
Then she was called to share more of her life, of her failures and of her success.
Nadalette La Fonta
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Becoming a motivational speaker, Nadalette has given in 2018 in Paris a TEDx
conference "Rien ne nous arrive par hasard" Nothing happens by chance – which, in
11 months on YouTube, has outpaced a million views .
Rien ne nous arrive par hasard | Nadalette La Fonta | TEDxChampsEly.sées
And she is planned to further public appearances, and is in the process of writing
another book, a novel.
Nadalette has received the Prize Resilience of the ReStartAwards 2019 in Paris.
Nadalette has followed the following certifications: Corporate Coach U: Graduate
Coach (2005). NPL courses on Meta-programs and the Hero’s journey, NPL
graduation level1& 2. Master in NeuroLinguistic Programming in 2008 – Generative
Coaching R.Dilts 2009. Advanced Certification of the Chartered Institute of Marketing
– London (1998). Enterprise Strategy and Economics at the University of Dauphine,
Paris (1993). She is a Graduate of the Institute of Political Studies, Aix en Provence
(1977) and she speaks English, Spanish, and French.
Nadalette has been working also as a volunteer – At European Professional Women
Network association – VP Membership – 2005 to 10 – Business Coach and South
Africa team 1, Vietnam team 6 and Malaysia team 4 https://www-
146.ibm.com/corporateservicecorps – Part of IBM CSC India team 10 in Chennai in
2011 as a volunteer herself. Part of the Digital Ladies association in France
Nadalette’s social networks and sites
Le roseau penchant : http://www.fauves-
TEDx Rien ne nous arrive par hasard :