Executive Chairman & Founder, ClassPass & the Artistic Director, The Sa Dance Company
Payal is the Executive Chairman & Founder of ClassPass and the Artistic Director of The Sa Dance Company.
Payal has been a “dancetrepreneur” since the age of 3 when she started training in Indian classical and folk styles of dance. It was her passion for dance, entrepreneurship, and making the world a more active, happy place that led to the founding of Classpass. ClassPass is a membership program for fitness classes across multiple gyms and studios, making working out more engaging, accessible, and affordable.
With over 25 years of dance experience, Payal also founded The Sa Dance Company, a contemporary Indian dance company. She has led the company to achieve tremendous community support, soldout performance, celebrity endorsements, and positive reviews in The New York Times, MTV, and prominent South Asian publications. Payal has been quoted as “the dancer possessing not only the stand-out talent, but the undying passion, congenial disposition and sharp business savvy to be truly a force to be reckoned with” as the South Asian culture continues its inevitable integration into America.
Prior to founding ClassPass, Payal worked as a consultant at Bain & Company and in Warner Music Group’s Digital Strategy and Business Development Group. Payal also has a degree from MIT in Operations Research and Economics.
To keep making progress towards achieving my mission, and to use every minute with intention. Time is our most valuable asset. I won’t waste it.
Being unique makes us exceptional. 🙂
To create something meaningful and inspirational every single day. Each new day brings with it the opportunity to heal and improve the world, even if just a bit.
To surround myself with an amazing team and empower and inspire them to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.
Make it your priority to equip yourself with the skills and tools to succeed. Also, take the time to reflect on your purpose, and then chase it with zeal. True purpose will lead you on the right path every time.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
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What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
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What should everyone try at least once?
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
More from CNBC Article:
“Ideas are a dime a dozen, and people can have ideas, but you need to be able to get stuff done,” Kadakia says. “And I really think it’s the people who know how to work — and whether that’s the big, higher-level stuff and also the nitty-gritty — they know how to get in there and get their hands dirty and solve problems.”
“I think the dance side of my life, which has always been sort of there since I was really young, just taught me if I had a vision to do something, okay, I’m going to work hard and keep practicing, keep rehearsing. And if I put the work in, the output will come,