Telecom Engineer from Pune University’s 2005 batch- Soniaa Solankke was born in a farmer family inhabitants of Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India —her father was also a social worker- Soniaa along with her three siblings was brought up in a scotch economic environment where at times in just fifty-rupees the entire week’s affairs had to be managed during those graduation days— “This early life’s journey indeed taught me to survive in every situation,” Soniaa proudly says. After her degree, Soniaa joined a BPO (business process outsourcing -where various business operations and obligations are sublet to third-party service providers), here leading multiple teams constituted under various job-verticals she got a sound exposure to vivid soft-skill sets. Soniaa Solankke then moved to the corporate sector, and rendered her services for eight years to industry giants like: Tech Mahindra, Cognizant, and Maersk. Soniaa wanted to be an entrepreneur- she put down her papers and enrolled for an entrepreneurship course with ICBI (Image Consulting Business Institute, co-branded with Conselle Institute of Image Management).
“I very much remember- after quitting my job, I received five hundred rupees for my first consultation—my first earning as an entrepreneur, and that is my lifetime motivation,” -Soniaa Solankke.
When asked about her till date achievements, she says “When anyone comes and tells me that: ‘I am a different person now than before joining your training, you have brought about that constructive change’, -that is more than receiving a trophy for me; two incidents I will always remember— one of my trainees from my hometown, got trained under me and went on for her commercial pilot training; and the second- me conducting three hundred and sixty hours of training six hundred students for a span of forty-five days- every one was very responsive – focused to achieve something in life,”. Soniaa Solankke has recently starred in a Hindi feature film in a character role and also worked in a documentary film——she plans to work on many more such projects in the future.
In the year 2016, Soniaa stepped up in her journey as an entrepreneur—and just within one year, in 2017 she launched her dream venture: iExcel Studio. iExcel Studio caters to training, coaching and consulting services formatted as: Soft Skills Training, Image Consulting, Business Etiquette Training, Life Coaching Services, One to One Consulting, Professional and Personal Grooming, and Inner Leadership and Self Motivation Sessions. Today, Soniaa is a Certified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programme) Practitioner and Leadership and Life Coach, and also ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) V3 Foundation and Intermediate Certified—some of her clients are Raymonds, Symbiosis (through TALI), VFS, Royal Orchid Central, DIEMS – Aurangabad, Siemens, Infosys, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Peter Donuts, TALI (The Advanced Learning Institute), and Oxford Golf Resort.
Soniaa believes in experimenting various things in life, she loves: travelling, meditation, power-dressing, and dancing -she says, “Fill up your life with the most of everything – live it to the fullest,”. She wants to be known as ‘the one who brings out the best in people, empower them and thus touch thousands of lives’. Soniaa acknowledges her communication skill and ability to relate to people as her core strengths, and as an inspiration she credits her parent’s simplicity and their upbringing — she reminisces their these words always, that: ‘bring a difference in others lives and thereby make your name popular’.
In her signing-off message to today’s women she says, “If you lift others then only will you rise —— and, note it down that: little things make a huge difference in life, so be thoughtful about every aspect,”