Monisha Kapur is the Founder of 344pm a virtual personal styling service, she believes that every woman should embrace her own personal style. Monisha grew up in Queens, NY where her interest in fashion started at the age of 8. That interest led her to pursue a successful career in NYC’s fashion industry. Known as an instinctual retailer, Monisha blended her keen fashion sense with her business acumen and created best selling products. Her experience crosses all segments of retailing – she was a women’s shoe buyer for Macy’s, a product development manager for the men’s brand Club Room, and held various executive positions in merchandising and sales.
We caught up with Monisha to share more of HerStory:
When did you know that you wanted to work in fashion”? At the young age of eight, I proclaimed to my parents that I wanted to work in fashion. I held true to that with an amazing career in NYC’s fashion industry and then launching 344pm- a virtual personal styling business 7 years ago.
Who is a role model that you look up to? I can’t say there is just one role model. I come from a family of strong women, who have raised strong women. I’ve also been immensely lucky in my career to have mentors guide me.
What is a struggle that you’ve faced and how did you handle it? A personal struggle I faced was leaving my corporate job that I loved, but no longer served me. I was doing what I wanted to do since I was 8 years old, but as a new mother I also wanted to be with my daughter. I realized the passion I once had thriving in my corporate career was no longer there. The struggle- realizing and accepting that that was OK. Walking away from the career I had built had nothing to do with who I was, but rather accepting that I wanted something different. And leaving the corporate life afforded me the ability to launch my dream business.
What is something that you are immensely proud of? Launching my business. I had an idea, 7 years ago to launch a virtual only personal styling business. I knew it would give women who wanted a personal styling service but did not have the time or resources to take advantage of it. I had no idea where to start, what to do, or how to do it. I faced a lot of resistance from naysayers saying it would be difficult to conduct a highly personalized business- virtually. But I knew I was on to something. It took time and lots of trial and error, but I did it and I’m proud of myself for sticking with my gut instinct and going for it.
What qualities make a great leader? Empathetic, Resilient, Innovative, Transparent, Effective Communicator
What do you believe will be the biggest challenge for the next generation of leaders? The biggest challenge, and the biggest opportunity, I would say is leading in a divisive time. Leaders of today and the future must create a corporate culture of trust and unity. Not just doing things to “check boxes”, but really at the organization’s core create a new unified culture.
If you could try another job for a day, what would it be? A women’s rights attorney.
If you could give your 18-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be? “You are enough”.
Favorite book? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Where can we find you on your day off? My days off this past year have looked very different. Now, I find myself spending more time with my daughter exploring different small towns within driving distance and cooking- which I have to say I’m still not a big fan of…
Connect with Monisha online at https://www.linkedin.com/in/monisha-kapur-511717b/
Marsha Guerrier is a bestselling author, speaker, trainer, business analyst, business coach, and CEO of HerSuiteSpot®, a MWBE and SBE certified small business consulting and coaching agency that provides online and in-person support to early stage female founders looking to accelerate their business.