Otara was recently part of a panel discussion on “Planning in Crisis” and speaking on how to survive and thrive in tough times. A considerable part of the business brainstorming session centered on how leaders managed their industries during Sri Lanka’s 30-year-old war and the invaluable lessons learned from it. 

Otara recollected her own entrepreneurial journey which included key turning points; such as the burning down of the very first Odel store in 1991 and the pivotal choices that followed the incident thereafter. She also discussed the process then went into building a business during a war.  The event was organized by SNIPEXX, a Sales and Service Academy, while all event proceeds were donated to TrailSL to support families of the Easter Sunday Bombings. 

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