Rakesh Agarwal is the Director of Image Management Professionals’ Association. He brings over 25 years of experience as a highly successful entrepreneur and expertise in the training industry. A Boston University graduate, he comes with a strong family business background and is reputed as a pioneer of innovative ventures, launched and established in the country.
He is also the Managing Director of Image Consulting Business Institute, a division of First Impression Consulting Pvt. Ltd., which focuses on establishing the industry of image consulting and the subsequent expansion and consolidation. With a successful journey over a decade, Image Consulting Business Institute has been recognised and awarded as one of Asia’s 100 greatest brands for the year 2016 and is continuing to expand its operations.
Rakesh Agarwal was also the Managing Director of a leading training organisation in his previous professional assignment. In 1996, he had launched, for the first time in India, a boxed sales training program called WISE (Winning in Sales Every Time). A reputed motivator and trainer, he had highlighted the importance of creating a positive “first impression” in sales situations.
He was instrumental in bringing the organized car rental business to India – Hertz Rent a Car in 1985 at the age of 21. He pioneered the launch of the famous brand Ask Me, a telephone search engine and the first 24×7 telephone call handling facility in India in 1989.
He is a known motivator and trainer. He is also the co-author of the book “First Impressions, Lasting Impressions“, published by Times Group Books.
Suman Agarwal, is an Image evangelist, author, TEDx speaker and the President of Image Management Professionals Association.
Under her guidance, IMPA has been shaping up into a pro-active organization, progressing steadily and reaching out image management to various segments of the society, including the underprivileged segments. Over the recent years, IMPA has been contributing significantly to the society, through CSR activities.
She is the co-founder of Image Consulting Business Institute, holding a Masters award in Image Management Consulting from the Federation of Image Professionals International -United Kingdom and the senior-most Image Consultant in the Indian Sub-continent. With her passion and strong ethics of service, image and quality, Suman Agarwal has contributed significantly to the successful growth of image consulting industry in India. With over 3000 alumni consultants and over 5 lacs lives touched through image consulting services over the decade and she is on an unstoppable mission.
Her experience includes senior and national level roles during her previous professional assignment providing tremendous value by establishing quality guidelines to service roles for the first time, ensuring quality adherence through training, monitoring and strong implementation measures.
Prior to that, Suman was associated with Jet Airways for eight years. Her contribution in creating a strong service and image ethics was recognized by Jet Airways, she was the Face of the Airline in 2003.
A widely travelled and well-experienced professional, she embodies beauty, charm and grace that she professionally upholds.
Anuradha Boxwala comes with over 25 years of leadership experience in managing education retail operations and has a track record of driving top line growth, increasing profitability and building teams in diverse and cross functional areas. As co-founder of Eduwiz Consulting Services, she has been working closely with Education and Training organizations, helping them build a robust Business Strategy, Reengineer Business Processes, Coach for leadership transformation, Build a culture of customer centricity and drive execution rigour.
Judith Rasband is a Certified Image Master (CIM) in the Association of Image Consultants International, one of the first to be awarded with this achievement and one of only eight worldwide. Her Core Competencies in Image Management Careers have been adopted by AICI. She is the founder of Conselle L.C. and CEO and Director of the Conselle Institute of Image Management.
Judith earned a master’s degree specializing in the artistic, social, and psychological aspects of dress and image. With a passion for the work, this dynamic image consulting professional has decades of experience in the field as fashion and image educator, author, columnist, speaker, consultant, stylist, and video producer. She is active in her continued role as consumer advocate.
An international authority on image consulting and management, Judith is a presenter, consultant, and coach to private individuals, civic, corporate, government, and academic organizations & associations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Addressing the sensitive and often emotional issues of personal appearance, attitude, and etiquette, she is known to present more than 250 seminars in a single year.
Image Consulting Achievements, Awards, and Affiliations
- A member of the Association of Image Consultants International, Judith was awarded AICI’s Certified Image Master (CIM) status in 2000, one of the first to achieve this highest level of professionalism.
- Judith was honoured with the prestigious “IMMIE”, AICI’s Image Makers Merit of Industry Excellence award in the area of Education, identifying her as one of the top image professionals internationally.
- Judith served as AICI’s VP Marketing, Advanced Education Chair, and Ethics Chair.
- Fashion Education Director for the Tailored Apparel, Jewellery, and Accessories Council
- Fashion Education Director for the Men’s Apparel Alliance
- Member of the International Textiles & Apparel Association
- Member of the American Association of Family & Consumer Science, Certified
- Member of Fashion Group International
- Member of the Association of Design Professionals
- Member of the National Speakers Association, Mountain West Chapter
- Member of the International Society of Performance Improvement
- Member of the Better Business Bureau
Image Consulting Publications and Appearances
Judith is author of text and trade books that include the Image Management Quick Reference Guide, Wardrobe Strategies, Fabulous Fit 2nd Edition, the industry bible Fitting and Pattern Alteration 2nd Edition, as well as the award winning classic videos Look Changers and Five Easy Pieces. All are used in schools and universities and at Fashion Institute of Technology. Her articles and quotes have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Men’s Health, Glamour, Shape, European Stars & Stripes, Threads, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, and Image Update as well as newspapers nationwide. She has appeared on television and radio shows such as Oprah, Today, Good Morning America, ABC News, and the BBC, as well as scores of regional news and talk shows.