Priya Mehrotra is a Canadian born New Yorker, former Wall Street professional and corporate executive, who helps ambitious individuals identify and eliminate the root cause of their work stress — so that they can finally take control of it instead of letting it control them. She has over 15+ years of organizational experience, working alongside Fortune 100 leaders through times of rapid-growth and change. Priya has unique insights on how to navigate a stressful work environment, which can be a big roadblock in people’s career, preventing so many talented individuals from reaching their full potential. Her practical strategies help her clients transform their work stress to break through barriers holding them back from achieving the success they desire.
Q. What is your favorite thing about what you do in your career and why?
I specialize in coaching ambitious women who want to overcome their professional struggles without sacrificing their personal life. I am incredibly passionate about empowering, elevating, and educating women in all stages of their career.
The corporate world can be tough, but it’s even more difficult if one doesn’t have the right skills or know how when navigating a stressful work environment. And most of us lack these skills because they were never taught in school. That is why my company was created — to provide clients with personalized coaching so they can thrive in their career with success NOT stress.
I know how important it is to have both professional accomplishments and personal fulfillment. That’s why my work focuses on helping high achieving women succeed at their career while still making time for other aspects of life that are important too!
Q. When you first started your career, how did you know you were ready and what made you start?
Motivated by my own workplace experiences, and those of other women, I launched the Stress-Free Career Woman initiative, to help women fast-track their career, and overcome obstacles along the way so that they don’t burnout.
Throughout history, women have been plagued by stereotypes and gendered expectations in the workplace. They are usually not given the same opportunities, recognition, or remuneration as their male counterparts, despite their significant and meaningful contributions.
Although more women are breaking these stereotypes – taking on jobs that used to be ‘exclusive’ for men – and proving themselves as great leaders, gender disparity, remains a major issue.
Seeing so many women leave the workforce or take a step back in their career, since the pandemic, made my mission to help women in the workplace, even more urgent. I realized I could help more women across various industries and have a much greater impact if I started my own coaching business to support women. If not now, then when.
Q. What is your number one priority when it comes to your career and daily work?
It is my mission to empower women so they can be successful in both their professional and personal lives. I made mistakes early on in my career and learned things the hard way so other ambitious women don’t have to.
Working alongside Fortune 100 leaders in NYC, I learned there are certain strategies which can make all the difference when starting one’s career, climbing the corporate ladder, navigating through challenging situations at one’s job, and juggling multiple demands, while maintaining a fulfilling personal life.
Unfortunately, these strategies are not taught in school and women in the workforce are constantly struggling to find their footing. My priority is to help as many women as I can achieve their professional goals without job burnout.
Q. What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?
Being a woman in the workplace is tough, but it’s even harder when you’re trying to succeed without any support. I want to help as many women as I possibly can achieve their professional goals without giving up.
Making a difference in their lives and the desire to shift the narrative for women in the workplace, is my greatest motivator.
Q. Do you have a mantra or phrase you live by? What is it?
Live each day as if it were your last!