On Thursday March 7th, in celebration of National Women's Day, WIB-Metro New York hosted a panel event titled "From the Bench to the Boardroom" at NYU Leslie Labs. Dee Dao, PhD, from the NYU lnnovation Venture Fund, moderated the panel of three successful entrepreneurs: Sofija Jovic, PhD, MBA, co-founder, Prophase; Maria Luisa Pineda, PhD, CEO, Envisagenics; and Erika Smith, MBA, CEO, ReNetx Bio. The panelists candidly expressed their journeys as they navigated company creation, management, and exit. The packed room had a chance to engage the panel in thoughtful questions, and gain their insights into the opportunities and challenges we all face as both "entre-preneurs and “intra-preneuers." Erika emphasized how running a start up is like sailing a ship - you need to “tack in the direction” the winds take you, and not fight against forces you cannot control. Maria shared how limited the typical representation of entrepreneurship can be, as many of us have alternative projects, revenue streams, or plans - all in addition to day jobs that we might call "work." Last, Sofija shared how sobering it was to realize that, as a CEO, it was her job to make the final decision, "not waste a crisis" and provide direction for her team as they navigated the highs and lows of a start-up company.
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