Chakra Bokkisam

Occupation: Vice President, Professional Services, Verdasys, Inc

First Car: Toyota Corolla. It didn't take me too long to total it.

Favorite Restaurant:
Oishii Boston, Boston, MA They have always been able to surprise our guests from Japan.

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). I plan to retire as a farmer
b). I was a sharpshooter while working at Indian Customs
c). I was a vegetarian for nearly a decade (I am hopeless carnivore playing catch up now!)

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Getting married was the beginning of the adventure, having our first child elevated it and with second child it has been the craziest adventure for over a decade now.

What's your best childhood memory?

Visiting my grandfather’s farm during summer holidays. It was a great break from city/suburban life and helped me realize that milk did indeed come from cows and not from supermarkets. 

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

That would be Mahatma Gandhi! He was way ahead of times by fostering democracy, non-violence, diplomacy and equality. Some governments haven’t adopted these concepts even to this day.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Several things I started off doing appeared to be hard at first but now they seem quite simple. Each of these endeavors provides enduring and enriching experience. I believe in all earnest there is nothing hard to accomplish if you put your heart and soul to it. 

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Gardening. This is probably an outcome from visiting my grandfather’s farm.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

A recent impulsive purchase titled “Politics” by Aristotle (and yes, I picked it up at an airport). Many books would qualify as favorite my but long time favorite has been “City of Joy” by Dominique Lapierre.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

I would love to visit NASA and get into the deck of space shuttle Endeavour. The kind of technology that goes into these things amazes and inspires me.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

CRY, Child Rights and You America Inc.  I have personally seen the defining change they made to a child’s life and would love to facilitate it further. 

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

I would have been in some uniformed service, that’s for sure. 

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

Although I love what I do, I did not plan to be in PS/consulting field. The previous startup I was associated with required someone with mix of technical and business perspective to fill the role and I was the natural choice. 

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Focus on building technology strengths first and then move on to gain the business perspective of the technology. This combined skill set obtained would make you a strong customer advocate and a killer PS consultant.