Priya_400x550Priya Chopra isn’t a stranger to bold moves. She began her career working at Fortune 500 companies at only 22, to running a successful PR company, 1Milk2Sugars, with offices in Montreal and Toronto. We caught up with her to learn about her foray into entrepreneurship, and how she successfully balances her three children and booming business.


My first job ever was…as a cashier at McDonald’s. “Would you like fries with that?” taught me the virtues of upselling!

I decided to be an entrepreneur because…it was the road less travelled, and that’s who I am.

My proudest accomplishment is…balancing my growing family and my growing business.

My boldest move to date was…opening a second office in Toronto, remotely from my hometown of Montreal.

I surprise people when I tell them…I am a mother of 3!

My best advice to people starting out in business is…don’t think about it—just dive in and ride the wave!

My best advice from a mentor was…take it a day at a time.

My biggest setback was…establishing my business in 2009, after a recession and splitting up a partnership.  I re-did the entire business model, the service offer, the look of the brand, the office location, the team, you name it. It was like starting from the beginning.

I overcame it by…the support of my loving husband.

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I balance work and life by…hitting the gym on the regular and burning off some steam!

Working for Fortune 500 companies before diving into entrepreneurship…taught me how to present ideas with a bang and how to be a clear communicator—priceless training in my opinion.

Being a woman in the PR industry is…empowering.

If you googled me, you still wouldn’t know…I am a huge yoga buff, my dream is to ultimately open a yoga and wellbeing center for underprivileged youth.

I stay inspired by…random acts of kindness.

The future excites me because…sky is the limit! You can achieve anything you set your mind to.


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