Meet Victoria Bondoc - A math geek to a national security maverick

Erin Horiuchi

June 14, 2020

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CEO Victoria Bondoc of Gemini was recently featured on WITI's Fireside Chat, hosted by Parna Sarkar-Basu, VP of Brand Marketing for WITI and founder of Brand and Buzz Marketing. It was an exhilarating conversation, where we learned about Victoria's career journey - a MIT math geek to investigating black market crime to leading a $400M - to her philanthropic efforts.

Here are highlights from their conversation and tips that I found fascinating and helpful.

The world is currently navigating unprecedented times. To overcome the uncertainty of the global pandemic and any crisis situation, Victoria has an ACT philosophy.

A: Assess what has changed, what adjustments are needed, identify how to keep your team safe, and continue to serve your customers.

C: Communicate with your team to understand concerns, address anxieties, and offer support consistently.

Take it to a win: You still have your same goals. but you may take a different path to achieve those goals.

Born to a neurologist and surgeon, Victoria's parents instilled upon her the importance of working hard and studying math, science and engineering. Early in her career, Victoria worked for a defense research company before founding her first business venture. Reflecting on her journey, Victoria sheds light on how she navigated life as a young entrepreneur:

"Surround yourself with the best people. Every day you ask yourself, ‘Am I doing things that make me deserve them?' My job as a leader is to help my team to be successful. If I'm not helping them to be successful, I'm not doing my job."

You can view their complete conversation here

And sign up for Parna's next WITI Fireside Chat with the CEO of Vecna Technologies: Women on Boards - What's in it for you?

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