Victoria (Atamian) Waterman is an accomplished advocate for women and girls, dedicating her career to promoting leadership and empowerment. She has made significant contributions through various platforms such as her TEDx talk titled "Today's Girls are Tomorrow's Leaders," numerous op-eds, media interviews, and receiving awards. Growing up in Rhode Island in a multicultural and multilingual household with Armenian Genocide survivors has greatly influenced her storytelling abilities. Now, Victoria aims to shed light on the often-overlooked stories of courageous women who not only survived but resisted the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide, becoming the pillars of reconstructed communities after the war.
Victoria's dream of writing a historical fiction novel about her family's survival and immigration to the United States became a personal goal when she discovered flowers at the gravesite of her late aunt, whom she was named after. Aunt Vicky had passed away in 1963 and had no children. Intrigued by this mysterious gesture, Victoria embarked on an extensive research project to unravel the secrets surrounding her family's past. Her tireless efforts and discoveries will finally be unveiled in her debut novel released in 2023. PhotoCredit: TEDxNatick / Leah LaRiccia Photography
Victoria Waterman is a frequent presenter on topics including: her professional and personal journey, issues affecting girls, women's leadership, and business acumen for non-profits.
She has presented at several events and conferences including the 2023 AGBU Women Shaping the World Conference, Bryant University Women's Summit, Worcester Women's Leadership Conference, and Massachusetts Conference for Women.
TED.com Talk "Today's Girls are Tomorrow's Leaders"
"Today's Girls Tomorrow's Leaders, theme of talk by Girls Inc CEO and UMass Professor",
Telegram & Gazette 11/6/19
"Sounds Like a TED Talk",
Leading Women Most Read Blog 2019
Awards & Recognitions
"Power 50 Most Influential Leaders in Central Massachusetts Economy", Worcester Business Journal 2021
"Knollward Awardee: Rebel With A Cause", Notre Dame Academy 2021
"Outstanding Women in Business", Women Business Journal 2019
"Central MA Best Non-Profit of the Year under direction of Victoria Waterman", GoLocalWorcester 2014
"Excellence in Board Leadership" Girl Inc. National 2012
"Stevie Awards Honoree for Women in Business" 2010
I look forward to reading Victoria Waterman's work on little-known stories of women's resistance during the Armenian Genocide. I am inspired by the dedication an passion with which she pursues this project.
Khatchig Mouradian, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) Columbia University
Author of "The Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarianism in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1918"
Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division (Near East Section) at the Library of Congress