Success Stories:
Her Story Her Way

“I believe learning never stops and no age should be a barrier to acquire new skills and to achieve your dreams.”  

Vinita Kanotra is a certified Soft Skills Trainer and an Image Consultant who has been successfully imparting trainings to teachers, corporates and college students with enthusiasm, passion and dedication since 2005. She is a skilled and competent professional with a rich and rewarding experience of over 20 years in India and the USA in diverse fields ranging from communication, hospitality, banking, advertising, customer care, education and counseling including conceptualizing and delivering training programs for enhancing individual / organizational effectiveness. She is also a visiting faculty in many MBA, Engineering and Nursing colleges in Greater Noida such as Accurate, ITS, Prakash Institute and Kailash Institute. She is training aspiring Image Consultants and Fashion Stylists at ICBI, New Delhi.  

You truly prove that age is just a number, please share in brief your inspiring success story.
Since my childhood I wanted to be an achiever but unfortunately due to family obligations I had to take a sabbatical. When I got another chance to fulfill my dream I didn’t want to let it go. I studied again first at the age of 38 to start a Teachers’ training inst. and then at 45 also to become an Image Consultant and Soft Skills Trainer, as I believe learning never stops and no age should be a barrier to acquire new skills and to achieve your dreams.  

Please tell us about your journey and your future goals.
No journey is complete without difficulties, mine is no different. No fixed goals for me, whatever opportunities I am getting and will be getting in future, I am going to try my best to embrace them to their fullest.  

Would you like to highlights the challenges that you faced and how you dealt with them?
Family obligations, health problems, time constrain were my biggest challenges. My desire, will power, dedication, discipline, hard work and support of my husband, mother and daughter were the crucial factors which helped me conquer the problems and helped me in inching towards my dreams. Many a times I felt I should leave the course in between, sometimes I lost hopes when training assignments were not forthcoming or not materializing even after many meetings and negotiations, but my husband always encouraged me to go ahead without bothering about financial returns.  

What are your views on the thought, that as compared to male counterparts, it’s harder and more struggling for females to make a mark professionally?
Yes it’s little harder for females as there are many responsibilities and obligations related to kids, relatives and running the house smoothly.  

Traits that an aspiring women entrepreneur must adhere….
Hard work, dedication, will power, intelligence and determination to succeed.  

How have you managed the work-life balance?
I don’t take too many assignments; I choose my work depending upon my availability, my family responsibilities, profile of the co. and financial package. I don’t try to grab each n everything coming my way.

What are your views and opinions towards the ambiguous need to promote women entrepreneurship and women empowerment in India?
Every progressive and educated parent gives the same education opportunities to their daughters, girls put equal or sometimes even more effort to succeed. Hence they should be given equal opportunities in terms of education and employment. It’s definitely a good idea to promote women entrepreneurship.