Around age 50, I began to reflect on my life and career. I started asking myself, what legacy would I leave?
Garden City, NY (PRWEB) December 05, 2013
The National Association of Professional Women honors Carolyn L. Bondy, B.S., as a 2013/2014 Professional Woman of the Year for leadership in the software industry with this prestigious distinction. As the largest organization of women in the country, the National Association of Professional Women is a networking community with nearly 500,000 members and over 400 Local Chapters.
“Around age 50, I began to reflect on my life and career. I started asking myself, what legacy would I leave? I had climbed the corporate ladder and broke the glass ceiling, but what was I doing to give back to others? I realized my passion was supporting other women to re-event their lives and give them opportunities for professional achievement,” says Ms. Bondy, who has been instrumental in leading companies in the software industry to global success.
As Vice President at Intergraph, Ms. Bondy has led the transformation of its service organization, established its global reach and created its strong service methodology. She was equally successful in her previous role at Sabre Airline Solutions.
Hard work and perseverance have helped Ms. Bondy succeed. But she also recognizes her parents were an important part of her success. It was they who encouraged and financially supported her when she made the decision to finally go to college at the age of 25 and were the inspiration of the nonprofit she established to support other women.
In 2004, Ms. Bondy founded Empowering Women as Leaders (EWL), a nonprofit group that supports women with a scholarship and mentoring. “When I started EWL, my goal was to sponsor 50 women; and after 9 years, we are over half way to reaching that goal,” says Ms. Bondy. Scholarship winners, or 'Stars,’ have told her that while financial support is very needed (scholarships are for women in financial need), the opportunity to be mentored by a professional women has been most valuable, inspiring and impactful to their lives. The nonprofit operates in Dallas.
With each step she has taken, Ms. Bondy has broadened her experience and enhanced her knowledge. Knowing she has much to share, she is currently working on her memoir.