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Inspirational Woman: Avneet Kohli | Founder of IOpener

Avneet kohli

Avneet kohliI was born and raised in Abu Dhabi and moved to Mumbai in 2007 to pursue my higher education in Business Management. I started working at an early age of 17. My parents wanted me to be a Banker and I ended up in the city of dreams to become an Anchor. Luck by chance, I stumbled on this unconventional career and ever since there has been no looking back. Coming from a family of educationists and being strong with my public speaking skills, training comes naturally to me but I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Along with a successful career in hosting I’m now building a career in image consulting and training with IOpener.

Tell us about IOpener

IOpener is an image building initiative. We provide creative learning and training solutions for the retail, corporate and education sectors. Our fun, interactive workshops empower individuals to groom themselves inside out using various tools of image management.

We design and deliver engaging programs that bring tremendous growth and change to the confidence levels of our participants while constantly keeping an eye on organisational goals. Our job as an image building company is to help our clients execute their strategy over short, medium and long-term cycles to reflect an appropriate image through their workforce.

What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?

Thyroid. A hormonal deficiency that causes weight gain, hair loss and weakening of eye sight. With my hectic travel schedule and nomadic lifestyle as an anchor I didn’t pay enough attention to my diet or taking care of myself. To my shock in a career like mine, I gained 18kgs over six months. Battling my weight was a great lifestyle change and was it around the same time that I was chosen for the Safi Zoom Anchor Hunt. In spite of being the strongest contender and winning many sub contests, due to my weight I did not succeed on the show.

I stumbled on an online blog named “Top 10 trending careers” of which image management took my interest. The field seemed like a summary of everything that I had subconsciously been doing over the past few years – grooming myself, making the first impression count and communicating well and so I chose to pursue this area further and use my new found knowledge to bounce back,

I have been independent for seven years. Supporting myself financially and being able to provide for myself in an expensive city like Mumbai in my opinion is a little achievement!

What has been your greatest achievement personally?

I have been independent for seven years. Supporting myself financially and being able to provide for myself in an expensive city like Mumbai in my opinion is a little achievement!

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?

I’d be a Yogi or an art collector or a food taster! Art Collector

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Ellen and Oprah

What does the future hold for you?

I’d rather wait for time to unfold its beautiful colours. How would I know?

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This article was provided by WeAreTheCity Delhi Lead, Ashish Bhardwaj.

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