Advisor Answers: Laura DeBonis

At Zemcar, we have an amazing Board of Advisors with backgrounds that span children’s health, security, technology, and business. Transparency, safety, and security are our mission and, with that in mind, we thought it was important that you get a chance to know a little bit more about our team driving that mission.

Today’s interview is with Laura DeBonis. Laura brings a strong security background to the Advisory Board, having served on technology advisory boards in the past on security and privacy matters.  She serves as co-chair of the Technology Working Group of the Public Interest Declassification Board, to which she was appointed by President Obama in 2015. In the past, she has also held management positions at Google and EF Education First, serving in operational roles and in business development, and has served on project teams for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

What attracted you to Zemcar?

Zemcar is a terrific solution to a problem increasingly common to so many families today.  Busy parents; busy kids; crazy, conflicting schedules;  and far too many locations often at the same time. Sometimes you just need a little driving help from someone you can really trust and who will be there for you when you need it!  Zemcar gives you an entire circle of trusted drivers to help with getting kids places.

What about your experience do you think will bring the most value to Zemcar?

I have worked in the digital world for a long time on the launch of a number of multi-faceted products, with demanding users, complex partnerships, and privacy and security considerations.  I love the energy that comes from being part of an early team motivated to solve a complex problem, with a technology solution that will really have impact and change the game!

Besides Zemcar, what’s a “must have app” that you can’t live without?

Google Maps.  I would literally be lost without it.  Talk about a world-changing product!

Are you a parent?

Yes – I have two kiddos just emerging into the target age range for Zemcar – I know Ill be using the service!

Do you think technology has made parenting today easier or more difficult?

Some things are much easier and some things are much more challenging.  But, on the whole, technology has really improved the lives of parents today and especially the lives of working moms.

Funniest Parenting Moment?

Oh goodness.  There are so many!  I can’t bear to choose one.

One piece of advice to parents?

100%, it’s a marathon and not a sprint.  Choose your battles wisely and pace yourself!  

 

 

 

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Zemcar CEO receives Lifetime Achievement Award

On September 21st,  Zemcar Co-Founder and CEO Juliette Kayyem received the Rene Moawad Foundation’s (RMF) Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Rene Moawad Foundation is proud to present Juliette Kayyem with the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for her significant achievements and tremendous successes. She is a source of pride to our Lebanese-American community. When she shines we all shine!,” said Nadia Abourizk-Asaad, Executive Director for RMF-USA.

The RMF-USA is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian organization promoting the social, economic, and rural development of Lebanon with the emphasis on education. They believe that education is the foundation cornerstone for the eradication of terrorism and achieving progress, unity and peace.

Watch the video below for more information on Juliette’s accomplishments across academia, government, journalism and business, including her leadership in America’s Homeland Security efforts.