Nominated for the award: Film & Television and Digital Arts
Company: ANOKHI MEDIA (multimedia, events, social and e-media), OPEN CHEST (multimedia, coaching, consulting)
Biography: Raj Girn is a proud single mother of a 21-year-old son and 10-month-old puppy. On one side, she is a multi-award winning entrepreneur and brand strategist, who is widely recognized as the premier expert in niche media and target marketing for and to, the South Asian diaspora in North America and beyond. Having worked with a vast array of globally recognized, multinational corporations like, L’Oréal Paris, Estee Lauder, TD Bank, and Diageo, she has dominated the arenas of fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and entertainment for over fifteen years in her niche, developing an enviable reputation as being one of the most innovative brand experts with a consistent delivery on high quality yield with her many collaborations, partnerships, and campaigns. On the other side, she is an acclaimed, award-winning media personality, who has amassed an immense portfolio of candid interviews with some of today’s most prolific A-list celebrities and thought leaders like Kim Kardashian, Priyanka Chopra, and Dita Von Tesse, but to name a few, in her signature “no holds barred” style of interviewing. Her brand, ANOKHI MEDIA - is a highly-targeted multimedia, multiplatform brand that has developed and incorporates media production, events, e-marketing, and social communities to target the South Asian community as a B2B and B2C business. She has spearheaded many successful campaigns that have brought together, A-list celebrities, multinational corporations, media, and the public, in unique collaborations and partnerships that have included sub-brands like: THE ANOKHI LIST showcasing globally successful South Asians from all walks of life, THE ANOKHI AWARDS celebrating the success of global South Asians, THE ANOKHI PRESTIGE EXPERIENCE providing a themed seminar series. The most successful project (to date) was the 14th annual awards show that took place in August 2016, where the marketing and PR strategies brought in over 3.4 billion documented media impressions from around the world. The websites under the ANOKHI MEDIA brand include: www.AnokhiMedia.com, www.AnokhiAwards.com, www.AnokhiPrestige.com, www.AnokhiPowerList2018.anokhimedia.com/. The ANOKHI MEDIA combined network is in excess of half a million members. Her brand, OPEN CHEST – is a two-pronged boutique brand which focuses on Raj’s personal brand portfolio: OPEN CHEST WITH RAJ GIRN and THE OPEN CHEST CONFIDENCE COACH. The former is a long running online video chat show, where Raj has had deep dive conversations with some of the world’s most prolific pop culture personalities from Priyanka Chopra to Kim Kardashian and everyone in between. She recently partnered up with the world’s #1 online radio station, Dash Radio, where she will be hosting a weekly online radio chat show on Rukus Avenue, that will air in North America, Europe, and Asia, starting this Spring. The latter is a boutique coaching business, where Raj provides one-on-one coaching on mindset, branding, media, pr, and marketing, to C-Suite professionals and entrepreneurs. She will be launching a premium online coaching program also this Spring, to accommodate the demand from middle management professionals to work with her, therefore, scaling from the one-on-one coaching model to a group coaching model, but still servicing her C-Suite clients with her one-on-one service. The website under this brand includes: www.OpenChest.com, and the forthcoming www.RajGirn.com. Raj’s social media network is in excess of 580,000, with an email list that expands into the tens of thousands. Over the years, Raj has been a strong advocate for supporting numerous causes through her companies as well as personally. These have included: Doctor’s Without Borders, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canfar, Free-Them, and the Aga Khan Foundation, but to name a few. Amongst her many accolades include: Winner of the 14th International Women’s Day Achiever Award (presented by PCHS, Toronto, ON - 2016); winner of the Inspirational Achiever Award (presented by Roshni Media, New York, NY - 2015); and winner of the ICCC Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award (presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Toronto, ON - 2013). She has also been featured in two coffee table books and a feature-length documentary, and is often called upon for her expertise on the diaspora and her global knowledge in media, marketing, and entertainment.