Charting Her Own Course: Immpana Srri’s Path to Becoming a Finance and Entertainment Power Player at Koherent Inc.

Imagine growing up in a world where your dreams are sized up by your gender before they even take flight. For Immpana Srri, this wasn’t just a hypothetical scenario—it was her reality. Born into a conservative family in Mysore, India, Immpana faced a stark expectation: women’s ambitions were meant to be modest, their careers secondary. But with a spirit too fierce to be fettered by tradition, she embarked on a journey that would see her shatter glass ceilings all the way to the New York Stock Exchange. Tune Into her inspiring story and discover how she turned societal expectations on their head in the latest episode of CEO School.

Finding Strength in Struggle

Immpana’s journey began with a rebellious act of faith in herself. Despite societal pressures that tried to limit her educational aspirations, she pursued higher education with fervor, eventually moving to the U.S. to complete her masters at NYU. Her path was fraught with challenges, from overcoming cultural barriers to navigating the male-dominated world of finance. Yet, each obstacle honed her resolve, teaching her that the most potent weapon against doubt is a well-prepared mind.

The Rise to Power

From handling mega-mergers like CVS’s Aetna and Disney Fox to becoming the Chief Investment Officer at Koherent Inc., Immpana’s career is a testament to her unmatched expertise and daring vision. Her role involves not just managing funds but strategically shaping the landscape of venture capital. This position allows her to influence which innovations get funded and who gets to bring them to life—empowering her to advocate for more seats at the table for women in finance.

Empowering the Next Generation

For female founders struggling to find their foothold, Immpana’s story is both a blueprint and a beacon of hope. It underscores the importance of resilience, the power of education, and the impact of having a supportive community. Through her journey, Immpana illustrates that when women invest in their growth and stand firm against societal expectations, they can redefine industries.


Immpana Srri didn’t just climb to the top—she paved a new path for every woman told they couldn’t or shouldn’t aspire to the boardroom. Her story isn’t just about breaking barriers; it’s about building a world where female founders are celebrated, supported, and seen as the norm, not the exception.

Don’t miss out on this compelling episode of CEO School. Join Suneera and Immpana Srri as they explore the depths of resilience and the heights of entrepreneurial success. Hear firsthand how Immpana navigated her path from the constraints of a conservative upbringing to the pinnacle of financial leadership. It’s more than a podcast; it’s a lesson in leadership, determination, and breaking barriers.

To the top queens,

The CEO School Team

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