The Story Exchange, Sonali Chandra, Sonali Capital PartnersYour Name: Sonali Chandra

Business Name: Sonali Capital Partners LLC, a professional real estate company

Type of Business: Commercial Real Estate

Business Location: New York, NY, United States

Reason for starting
I grew up with my family investing in Indian real estate. Coupled with my admiration for Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad, I decided to make a career switch from financial services to real estate entrepreneurship. I saw a void in how Indian companies were establishing themselves in the USA with regards to their real estate needs, and vice-versa. Given my skills, contacts, and passion for helping others, I pursued this niche. As the Managing Member of Sonali Capital Partners LLC, I create joint-venture real estate deals within the US-India space, where I help individuals and firms find space for their businesses, find tenants for their vacant spaces, sell their properties, and find investment opportunities.

How do you define success?
Success is about being happy with your life, both professionally and personally – while being a resource to others. It is also about following your passion, that little feeling you get that gives you the will to never give up, especially when the odds are stacked against you.

Biggest Success
My biggest success is taking that leap of faith by parting with my financial services job, and pursuing my entrepreneurial dreams.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
My top challenge is working with credible individuals. I have addressed it by giving people the benefit of the doubt, and believing that “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” (as per Ernest Hemingway).

Who is your most important role model?
Patricia David, Chief Diversity Officer at JPMorgan Chase, is my beloved mentor, friend, and confidant. As Saran Kaba Jones of FACE Africa has said, “a great leader is someone who inspires and brings out the best in others”, and a great mentor provides “a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction”. Patricia has overcome considerable hardship, and is now a senior executive in corporate America. She is an inspiration to all underdogs, and does whatever she can to help others. She wholeheartedly supports my dreams, providing ongoing professional and personal guidance, and expects nothing in return. I don’t know what I would do without her.

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