Ms. Priyanka Acharya; Proprietor: Priy-Anka Consulting LIC of India Licensed Advisor;
“The prescription to a long life is life-long learning”– says Laja Woman Achiever Priyanka Acharya – and lives by it.
Her journey has been an enterprising one and the one thing that stands out is her quest for learning and mastering new avenues.
From childhood, human conversations and thought processes intrigued and interested her and she had strong aspirations to become a psychologist. However, being a high scoring student in school, her parents persuaded her to take commerce. She took it up, and after graduation went in for a MBA course.
Her aspirations found new wings as a management trainee – Business Analyst at Financial Technologies India Ltd. Soon she became a pre-sales specialist for the company.
Then, after 5 years of corporate life, she took up a faculty role at BSE where she got opportunities to conduct financial awareness programs. Meanwhile, she found a new passion in creating, publishing and presenting research papers at various management institutes and conferences. Her passion soon turned into a teaching opportunity at an institute where she was asked to teach general human behavior. This brought her back to her first love – psychology. During this time, she read, wrote and taught voraciously – mostly about communication skills and strategy.
Priyanka then partnered with ENHANSKILL which offered her an opportunity to do loads of freelance learning and development work. Meanwhile, her father passed away, and to keep his legacy alive, she became a life insurance provider with LIC and started servicing his clients.
Her initial days were full of fear and self-doubt regarding the plans she recommended to clients and the training sessions she planned. Somewhere along the way, she learned that only knowledge and passion could connect the dots. She gave up watching television in mid-2016 so that she could focus on reading, writing and brainstorming for her work. When she incorporated her own proprietary in 2019, she was much more confident and prepared! Today, she has a section called Priy-Anka’s Corner on her website, which highlights all her trials and achievements!
Apart from her unique 90 day process focussed on streamlining
businesses, Priyanka has a special initiative to enable Health Insurance “Agents” to become “Professionals” by way of her PAN India professionalism courses meant for these advisors.
There was definitely a challenging learning curve to it all. In the initial days, she made errors in her session documents, in writing cheques, and even in new recipes she tried out for her family. But thanks to the continuous support and encouragement of her family, especially her husband, Priyanka managed to conquer it all and gather many feathers in her cap! She has been featured as one of the 9 most inspiring mentors to youth in India by Gujrati weekly Chitralekha. The makers of the popular daily soap “Taarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma” recognized her as a Swachchata Sainani for her contribution to the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. Other awards bestowed upon Priyanka Acharya are the Emerging Leader Award 2019 by LIC of India, NLP Practitioner certification and many more. One of her dream assignments was an 8-day stint in Africa as Finance and Strategy domain expert.
But by far the most precious award was from her son who gave her a card on Woman’s Day which read “I love you, mamma! Others will talk to you, but I will hug you and kiss you as you move ahead and follow your dreams to make a successful business and achieve your dream trainings and LIC MDRT title!”
Priyanka’s formula for success is Simplicity + Consistency + Love –(minus) Crap! She has sound advice for aspiring women entrepreneurs: Do what it takes to achieve your aspirations, whatever it takes! For that, list your aspirations clearly. And lastly, build a balance in personal & professional life to enjoy both the worlds.
Asked if formal education is important, she says, “Yes, I do believe education matters. However, it matters ONLY when you have not spent your education years just to acquire marks or degrees. My education years passed experiencing the JOY of learning and that has been phenomenal in contributing to my journey so far”.
Priyanka says that true to her name, which means ‘Everyone’s Favourite’, she aspires to make a positive difference and be the best part in the lives of everyone she associates with. Well, we can vouch for it – her story is definitely an inspiring one for women entrepreneurs!
Team Laja is more than happy to be associated with this determined and enterprising go-getter.
Main Apni Favourite Hoon…..
|Greatest Inspiration in Life||Parents, Son, Indra Nooyi(PepsiCo)|
|Book/s that inspired you the most||Unposted Letters by Mahatria Ra and It happened in India by Kishore Biyani.|
|What you love about yourself?||Communication skills , Empathy, Enthusiasm|
|What you dislike about yourself?||Judging self, procrastination, fear of adventures.|
|What motivates you?||Inspirational books and videos, Personal life vison boards, needs of masses related to my profession, and encouragement from loved ones.|
|Favourite Quote you live by||The prescription to a LONG-LIFE, is LIFELONG Learning – Priyanka Acharya|