Tap your caliber: Sonya Hooja

Women entrepreneurs have given a new dimension to the business world, believes Sonya Hooja, the COO and the Co-Founder, Imarticus Learning… Read on

Women in leadership roles have paved way for excellence for their assertive response and their willingness to take greater risks is much more than their male counterparts. They are known for their enthusiasm, being more inclusive, determined as well as their focused approach. March 2021 we dedicate to such women achievers who have carved a niche for themselves and their busineses and brands. One such vibrant womenpreneur is Sonya Hooja, the COO and the cofounder of Imarticus Learning, the technology driven educational institute with expertise in transforming careers across industries such as financial services, analytics and AI, business analysis and core technology.

In her career spanning 15 years, she has been actively involved in strategy development and project management roles across diverse industries such as financial services, education, tourism, public sector, and pharmaceuticals. Since she has played a key role in developing and implementing business strategy, directing business development, and recruiting top talent resources, her work profile brings in a lot of stress. Sharing her ideologies and methods that help maintain a calm composure, Sonya says, “My advice to all the promising women entrepreneurs who are trying to build their creative careers, is the realisation to stay bold and stand up for yourself. As you imbibe things with confidence and stay true to your abilities and knowledge, stamp out unfair or biased workplace practices, and treat everyone – men and women alike – with equal respect, nothing can ever stop you from climbing up the career ladder.

Sonya plays a major role in developing and implementing business strategy, directing business development, and recruiting top talent resources for the country’s front-running professional education firm. She has previously executed a five-year tourism strategy for the government of Brunei. Talking about her experiences as a woman in business, she says, “Being a woman business leader undoubtedly brings in set of unique workplace challenges and tribulations. However, by staying level-headed, focussed and motivated one can face the high pressure situations. With the support of my amazing family, co-workers and employees, I have been able to make huge strides, both personally and professionally,” Sonya shares.

Sonya has been part of project management and consulting roles at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers across the US, Singapore, and India. During her entrepreneurial journey, Sonya faced choppy waters, telling us some more on this, she says, “Corporate leadership in India is still predominantly a boy’s club, so as a woman who forced her way into the upper echelons of corporate power, I have had to overcome many hurdles and deal with social stigma along the way,” she signs off.

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