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” ReachIvy.com Founder, CEO – Vibha Kagzi interview with Stratup Terminal “

Startup Terminal interview series to mark the occasion of 'International Women's Day'

ST: Please tell us more about yourself

Vibha Kagzi: I have completed my Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University and my MBA from the Harvard Business School.  At Harvard, I co-wrote a case for the negotiations department that has been incorporated in the teaching curriculum at the school. Additionally, I have pursued courses at a number of premier institutions including University of California, Berkeley, the London School of Economics and the Indian School of Business. Immediately post my graduation from Business School I returned to India and founded ReachIvy, a premium education and careers advisory.  Prior to ReachIvymy professional experience covered finance, fashion, media and public relations in a diverse range of roles that included helping establish a California-based hedge fund in India.

Despite promising opportunities in the USA, I returned to India to launch my own company as I am exceptionally passionate about education and believe it to be the ultimate social equalizer. I hope to consistently leverage my personal experience at various academic and professional institutions to provide holistic guidance to young individuals who aspire to reach leading universities.

Currently, I am the Co-President of the Harvard Club of Mumbai and am on the Carnegie Mellon Admissions Council.I have successfully completed a yoga teachers training course, I am a certified open water diver, am fluent in French, having completed Level 3 at the Alliance Françaiseand have travelled extensively, visiting over 60 countries across six continents. I believe in living life to the fullest!

 

ST: Share your biggest influence in life?

Vibha Kagzi: The life stories of a number of world-famous celebrities, including Muhammed Ali, Mother Teresa and Van Gogh, and the challenges they overcame to achieve their goals are truly inspirational for me.

At a personal level, there are several role models whom I look up to, learn from and strive to inculcate their specific strengths. My 6th Grade Mathematics teacher had a great passion for her subject and always taught with a cheerful disposition; she made learning fun and the students loved her and her subject for this. My grandmother, who only speaks in Hindi, has the ability to effectively communicate with anyone regardless of the language they speak; she connects through her heart. My yoga instructor truly practices what he preaches; he encourages us to experiment with our bodies and food habits but is always the first to test out a new diet, serving as the perfect role model. This list could go on, but I will stop here. I believe that strong influences are omnipresent; it is upon individuals to be perceptiveto them and make strong inferences from their presence.

ST: What challenges do you face in your day to day professional life, if any?

Vibha Kagzi: The key challenges I face currently are team building and skilling in addition to scaling our business to be able to meet the untapped potential inherent in our youth.
ST: Where do you want to see yourself in the next 5 years down the line?

Vibha Kagzi: In 5 years I see my company ReachIvy as a complete “student-centric’ business and India’s primary platform for premium education and career related advice and content.  To achieve this goal we are working on a number of initiatives simultaneously.

  • We are building strategic partnerships with leading global educational institutions and ancillary businesses to bring their services to our students and share their knowledge resources on our portal.
  • We are tapping into a diverse range of global experts to continually design, develop and structure pertinent tools and online resources for our student base.
  • We are investing in technology to seamlessly provide all services entirely online; we do not intend to grow in the traditional brick and mortar model.

Personally, I envision myself pursuing my passions and hobbies simultaneously and continuing to challenge both my left and right brain in conjunction.

ST: What is your message to the readers on ‘International Women’s Day’?

Vibha Kagzi: Firstly, determine your key priorities and then put in your best to achieve success in those. Don’t feel guilt or pressured by anyone when you define your priorities.

Secondly, balance well within your priorities, keeping work & personal life in mind, then the world would be a great place to live in.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

ReachIvy is a premium education and career advisory that helps aspiring students get accepted into top tier educational institutions globally. We have successful admits at MIT, Columbia, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics, University of Michigan, Oxford, University of Chicago amongst others.

Vibha Kagzi, Founder and CEO, ReachIvy, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She has also pursued courses at the University of California, Berkeley, the London School of Economics and the Indian School of Business.

Our global team of counsellors have also acquired their degrees from premier institutes and are passionate about sharing their experiences with students worldwide.

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