Fireside Chat: Emerge stronger and smarter from a crisis

A global pandemic with no vaccine. A global financial crisis predicted to last longer than the 2008 recession. A workforce that adjusted to remote working almost overnight.

Yes, we are all navigating an unchartered territory. These threats and uncertainties could make us feel like victims. Our family is at risk. Our jobs are at stake. And we want to know what's next and how do we tackle the crisis.

Join Parna Sarkar-Basu and Victoria Bondoc on a virtual fireside chat and learn how you can move from being a victim to a leader and take charge of your future. Victoria will also share:

- her journey from a math geek to entrepreneur
- how to successfully lead a team through restrictions and risks
- ways to pivot and adjust your goals during a crisis
- actionable tips on how you can emerge as a stronger and smarter individual.

Featured Speaker(s)

Victoria Bondoc
Founder and CEO

A maverick in national security for 35 years, Victoria Bondoc created Gemini Industries at the age of 25. It now has offices in 20 locations across the US. She was an engineer on Star Wars, a system to intercept incoming missiles, worked with the Army investigating black market crime, and has generated $300 Million in sales to contribute to the U.S. economy.

She serves as a strategic advisor to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, assisting in anticipating and averting terrorist attacks across the globe. Since 1986 Gemini created more than 1,500 jobs. She has built a No-Fail, No-Excuses culture that contributes to high-priority national security projects, delivers advanced technology for the Navy Seals, and creates strategies to help leaders anticipate terrorist attacks and apply military concepts to business.

For her entrepreneurial leadership and the success of Gemini, Victoria has received Special Congressional Recognition, the Small Business Administration 2017 Massachusetts Person of the Year and Woman Business Owner of the Year Awards. In 2016, she received the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award from the United States Chamber of Commerce. She has also been named to Boston Business Journal New England Top 25 Defense Contractors list and received other citations and awards for her work.

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in computer science from Boston University.

Parna Sarkar-Basu, Founder
Brand and Buzz Marketing, V.P.
Brand Marketing, WITI

A tech evangelist, Parna Sarkar-Basu serves as a strategic advisor to transformational leaders and technology pioneers, and helps them launch and reinvent companies. Her expertise includes changing market perception, building market relevance, corporate (re)-positioning and new market entry as well as helping companies raise funds and navigate the digital era.

Recipient of multiple awards, Parna has been instrumental in propelling tech companies into innovation leaders in highly competitive markets, including artificial intelligence, enterprise software, storage systems, robots, consulting services and manufacturing.

A Forbes contributor, Parna writes and speaks on a range of topics, including cognitive robotics, innovation for social good, digital transformation, artificial intelligence (AI) and impact on the workforce, and marketing trends.

A champion of STEM initiatives, Parna builds and supports programs to inspire women in technology and future innovators. Parna is the V.P. of Marketing for WITI (Women in Technology International), a leading advocate of innovation, inclusivity and STEM. She also serves on various boards including WITI Boston and American Marketing Association Boston.

Meeting Notes

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