C-Suite talk with Gurjot Sidhu

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 10, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Gurjot New York's CEO and Creative Director talks to TheLadders about her line of luxury women’s business wear and her passion to see women excel in the workplace.

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What prompted you to start Gurjot New York?

Our mission is to advance women in the workplace by dressing them impeccably.  Back in 2009 when I was thinking about starting a business, the idea of creating the power suit for women really stuck with me.  I’d had a great career in management consulting and always struggled with finding the right suit fit and look.  Also, I had sewn my whole life, so I felt it would be amazing to raise my personal interest in sewing to a professional level and really have an impact on the lives of women professionals. I went to FIT for a year to learn the industry and make contacts, and in July of 2010 I launched my Custom Collection, followed by a ready-to-wear collection.

One of your goals is to help professional women succeed and excel in the workplace. How does clothing play a role in this success?

Clothing plays two roles in the corporate world: It affects how people think of you, and it impacts how you feel about yourself.  We try to have maximum impact on both fronts for our clients.  In terms of impressions, we want others to look at our clients and think, "wow, she has it together."  For our client, we know when her clothes are made from luxurious materials and fit her perfectly, she is going to feel like a million bucks.  And when you feel that way, you can accomplish anything.

Topics: Entrepreneur, C-Suite Talk

Attention all new small business owners: It’s time to rip off the band-aid

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

January 02, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Five steps to ensure the financial stability you need to start your own business. 

Ripping_Off_BandaidIt’s 6 A.M. Your alarm goes off; you’re about to begin your 9-to-5 day. But, unlike most of your co-workers, you also have a 5-to-9 day on top of that. You are an entrepreneur. You decided to start your own business, but are leery of quitting your day job. You have bills to pay. You’re unsure how successful you will be on your own. Too many worries to take the plunge. But plunge you must in order to give it your all and make a success of your own business.

Have no fear, there are a few precautionary measures you can take to ensure financial stability. This will give you the push you need to just rip off that protective covering and quit your job. If you write out a plan and follow it to the letter, you should be fine.

Topics: Professional Development, Entrepreneur