WIPP Board of Directors:
Jennifer Bisceglie, Interos Solutions, McLean, VA; Chair, WIPP BOD
Barbara Kasoff, Women Impacting Public Policy, Washington, DC; WIPP President
Nicolina Stewart, CMA Solutions, Sarasota, FL; Vice President & Treasurer, WIPP BOD
Lynne Marie Finn, Superior Workforce Solutions, Williamsville, NY; Secretary, WIPP BOD
Magdalah Silva, DMS International, Silver Spring, MD, WIPP EAB Chair
Sherrie Aycock, AllPoints Research, Winston-Salem, NC
Lisa Firestone, Managed Care Advisors, Bethesda, MD
LaVern Jackson, Joint Logistics Managers, Prince George, VA
Pamela Mazza, PilieroMazza, Washington, DC
Elise Mitchell, Mitchell Communications Group, Fayetteville, AR
Elaine Starling, Starling Media Services, Shingle Springs, CA
Leticia Vélez, Chicago Mini Bus Travel, Franklin Park, IL
Gayle Waldron, The Management Edge, Largo, FL
Rose Wang, Binary Group, Arlington, VA
WIPP Education Foundation Board of Directors:
Barbara Kasoff, Women Impacting Public Policy, San Francisco, CA
Jennifer Bisceglie, Interos Solutions, McLean, VA
Nicolina Stewart, CMA Solutions, Sarasota, FL
Gloria Larkin, TargetGov, Columbia, MD
Charlotte Baker, Digital Hands, Tampa, FL
Cary Broussard, Broussard Global Communications, Dallas, TX
Angela Dingle, Ex Nililo Management, Washington, DC
Denise Farris, Farris Law Firm, Stilwell, KS
Forough Ghahramani, Life Sciences Computing, Princeton, NJ
Nancy Goshow, Goshow Architects, New York, NY
Cecelia McCloy, Integrated Science Solutions, Walnut Creek, CA
Patricia Meagher, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell, San Francisco, CA
Sylvia Medina, Green Kids Club, Idaho Falls, ID
Mary Scheetz, Consulting Concepts & Innovations, Richboro, PA
Sherrie Aycock, Co-CEO, AllPoints Research, Winston-Salem, NC
Together with her business partner of 17 years, Tara Olson, the Aycock/Olson team embodies an incessant attention to evolving the discipline of strategic thinking. Together they offer over 60 years of combined expertise in marketing, commercialization and related strategies. Aycock excels in merging real-life inputs and theoretical principles into exceptional observations, conclusions and solutions—grounded in over 35 years of business acumen. An honor and testament to their work, AllPoints’ strategic insight into women business owners was presented to the President of the United States. Recognizing the future value of the AllPoints 360○ Discovery Process®, Wake Forest University selects the Aycock/Olson team to refresh their market research curriculum for 2013-2014. This approach incorporates strategic thought into purposeful research experiences, meaningful results and the opportunity to find brilliance in investigative efforts. Aycock was an SBA Regional Women in Business Champion 2011 and as a founder, brought Guardian’s Girls Going Places financial independence program to NC (2006 & 2007). Aycock is a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Research Triangle and volunteers for the English Spring Rescue Association.
Charlotte Baker, CEO, Digital Hands, Tampa, FL
Charlotte Baker co-founded Digital Hands in 2001 as a 100% US-based provider of managed security services, serving enterprise and public sector clients. In 2008, Digital Hands gained national recognition under Baker’s leadership as the winner of the Service & Support Professionals Association (SSPA) Star Awards for "Service Excellence - Integrated Services" and for "Best Customer Commitment” in 2009. In 2011, Digital Hands was awarded the TSIA (Technology Support Industry Association) award for "Service Excellence in Complex Applications Support”. Baker has also received numerous personal accolades. In 2011, she was named as one of the "50 Most Powerful People on the Gulf Coast” by the Gulf Coast Business Review and given the "Lifetime Achievement Award” from eWomenNetwork. In 2009, CEO Magazine named her "CEO of the Year” and the Tampa Bay Business Journal honored her as "Business Woman of the Year – Technology. She was a finalist for the national 2008 Stevie Awards for Women in Business for leading "Best Overall Company of the Year” and won a Stevie Award in 2009 for "Community Involvement Program of the Year”. Baker is a frequent guest speaker on topics such as building entrepreneurial companies, advocacy of women in technology, and raising awareness of cyber security threats. Baker currently serves on the advisory board for TSIA’s Managed Services discipline, and on the board for WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) Education Foundation. She has held various board and officer positions for the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, the Children’s Home, Inc., and The Imagination Center (chairman) for abused and neglected children. Baker was recognized with the 2010 Tin Cup Award for fundraising and obtaining the second largest single gift in the Children’s Home 118 year history. Baker earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Darden and a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce with dual concentrations in MIS and Marketing from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Digital Hands is a WBENC certified woman-owned business and third party certified EDWOSB. The company is an active AFCEA supporter and provides chapter leadership for Women in Defense.
Jennifer Bisceglie, President, Interos Solutions, Inc., McLean, VA
Jennifer Bisceglie is an award-winning business owner of a multi-million dollar management consulting and analytical company that helps create comprehensive cyber and supply chain risk management process and technology solutions for numerous government agencies and commercial entities. Prior to founding Interos, a WBENC certified woman-owned business, Jennifer honed her 20+ years of supply chain management experience in software companies and global distribution companies such as Manhattan Associates, Nine West Shoes (now Jones Apparel), and American Eagle Outfitters. In 2005, Jennifer launched Interos to deliver comprehensive supply chain solutions to federal agencies and commercial entities looking to mitigate their supply chain risk and enable them to conduct business as effectively as possible. The company’s clients include the Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of State, U.S. Navy, Department of Energy, Customs and Border Protection, as well as several private sector technology suppliers. Jennifer is a leader in several associations, in addition to being WIPP’s Chairman of the Board, including National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Women In Defense, and the International Cyber Dialogue (ICD). Outside of her client work, Jennifer is a highly dedicated small business owner advocate. For her dedication to this cause, she is the recipient of the American Express Open Government Contractor of the Year 2010, Enterprising Women’s 2009 Enterprising Woman of the Year award, and the Washington Business Journal’s 2009 Women Who Mean Business award.
Cary Broussard, Owner, Broussard Marketing Communications, Jersey City, NJ
An internationally recognized communications and brand management expert and advocate for women and girls, Cary advises companies and organizations on reputation management, customer relationship marketing and diversity and inclusion. Named one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Marketing by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Cary is well known for creating break through marketing programs in the travel industry. She spent 14 years with Wyndham Hotels as head of marketing and communications where she was eventually responsible for global communications for 11 hotel brands and 7,000 hotels. Cary was deputy press secretary in the U.S. Senate Majority Leader’s office in Washington, D.C., and her nonprofit management experience includes, senior staff positions with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the American Cancer Society and Alliance for Women in Media. Her book, From Cinderella to CEO, has been published in ten languages, and features advice on a myriad of issues, important to today’s multi-generational and international work force. Cary speaks to audiences worldwide about business issues, emerging, and diverse markets, she teaches marketing at New York University.
Angela Dingle, President and CEO, Ex Nihilo Management, LLC, Washington, DC
Angela Dingle, President and CEO of Ex Nihilo Management, LLC, is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) with over twenty years of experience in management, business leadership, IT governance, risk management, compliance, software engineering and quality assurance. She holds a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University, Bowie, MD and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from DeVry Institute, Columbus, OH and is Certified in the Governance of Information Technology (CGEIT). Angela is the recipient of numerous awards including Enterprising Women of the Year Award 2012, The American Small Business Coalition Eagle Spirit Award, Compuware Corporation’s Profiles in Excellence Award, and Data Computer Corporation of America’s Presidential Award. Angela serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) and the Advisory Board for Enterprising Women Magazine. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Lynne Marie Finn, President, Superior Workforce Solutions, Inc., Williamsville, NY
Lynne Marie Finn is President of Superior Workforce Solutions, Inc. (Superior)—a full service staffing company—is headquartered in Williamsville, New York and has offices in over 30 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Superior is one of the largest certified, woman-owned staffing firms in the U.S. and provides temporary staffing, direct placement services, vendor management programs, and HR solutions primarily to Fortune 500 companies. Finn graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Executive Editor of Law and Policy in International Business Journal, and is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of SUNY Buffalo. After law school, she joined the law firm of Jaeckle, Fleischmann and Mugel and then served as an Assistant District Attorney for Erie County. Finn serves on the Board of Directors of: Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), where she also serves on the Finance Committee and Governing Body of its Leadership Forum; Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO); WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy); Women's Business Center at Canisius College; Buffalo Niagara Partnership; BEAM (Buffalo Engineering Awareness for Minorities); and the Maria Love Convalescent Fund.
Lisa Firestone, President and CEO, Managed Care Advisors, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Lisa M. Firestone, MHSA is President and CEO of Managed Care Advisors, Inc. (MCA) a woman-owned, employee benefits and disability management consulting and full service workers’ compensation case management company. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, MCA services customers throughout the United States and U.S. Territories. Ms. Firestone has been involved in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years gaining recognition for her expertise in the areas of employee benefit program development, evaluation, and strategic planning, workers’ compensation and disability management. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in the implementation of innovative programs related to the employment of people with disabilities, and more recently has developed a unique expertise in the management of federal workers’ compensation programs.
Forough Ghahramani, Founder and Principal, Life Sciences Computing, Princeton, NJ
A transformational business leader, engineer, and entrepreneur, Forough Ghahramani is Founder and Principal of Life Sciences Computing, a Princeton, New Jersey-based consulting company that assists organizations in utilizing high performance computing to accelerate research and informatics services in the health, medical, and life sciences. In addition to running her business, Forough is Associate Dean of College of Business and Management and the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University and is the Founding Director of the New Jersey Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Prior to her current role, Forough was a Senior Systems Architect at Hewlett Packard (previously Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation). Forough has diversified experience in higher education, management, and information technology. Her extensive career experience includes strategic planning, management consulting, business analysis and organization-wide information technology strategic planning for clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, financial, and healthcare environments. During Forough’s tenure in academia, she has introduced several new programs and led the accreditation process for programs in business and healthcare, including an innovative program in neurodiagnostic technology in partnership with the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute.
Nancy Goshow, Senior Managing Partner, Goshow Architects, New York, NY
A successful entrepreneur and women in business advocate, Nancy Aber Goshow is the co-founder and senior managing partner of Goshow Architects, the largest woman-owned full service architectural firm in New York City. Goshow received the 2008 WIPP President's Award and is a leader in many industry and women business organizations, including a National Founding Partner of WIPP and Co-Chair of its Energy and Environment Committee. She was named one of the Outstanding Women in the Building Industry for 2009 at the Women Builders Council (WBC) Champion Awards. Established in 1978, Goshow Architects is a leading expert of green design, particularly for the public sector including higher educational facilities and public K-12 schools.
LaVern Jackson, President and CEO, Joint Logistics Managers, Inc., Prince George, VA
As the sole owner, Jackson is responsible for delivering innovative, value added services on schedule that are fully responsive to customer's needs that enable them to support their mission and vision. She ensures the goals, principles and values of the company are maintained. She has proven her performance in managing people, programs, facilities and budgets in national and international logistical organizations. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Carolina Central University, (NCCU), Durham, NC; a Master of Education Administration from Virginia State University (VSU), Ettrick, VA, Graduate Studies degree in Management and a Military Science Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Jackson received a Direct Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Women's Army Corps in 1972. She was later detailed to the Quartermaster Corps. She retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is a recognized authority in Logistics Management, Training Development, Planning and Programming. Jackson enjoys reading, skiing, gardening and doing anything with her family. Her level of integrity is founded on her faith in God and her unwavering commitment to serve him. Although she has experienced living all over the world, Ms. Jackson has chosen to make her home in Prince George, VA.
Barbara Kasoff, President and CEO, Women Impacting Public Policy, Washington, DC
Barbara Kasoff is President and CEO, and Co-Founder, of Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc., a national nonpartisan public policy advocacy organization founded in 2001. WIPP advocates on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million business women including 75 business organizations. Drawing on input from the diversity of its members, WIPP generates a set of priority issues and works to translate those interests into pubic policy reforms. Through its educational programs, WIPP teaches entrepreneurs about issues and policy relevant to the growth of their businesses. Other companies that she has owned and managed are: Voice-Tel of Michigan, the fourth largest voice messaging company in the United States, Voice-Tel of Central Michigan, and Voice Response Corporation, a telemarketing and database marketing company. Barbara also opened and developed Voice-Tel of Australia, a company with 11 offices throughout Australia and New Zealand for the Voice-Tel franchisor. Prior to becoming a business owner, Barbara previously served as Vice President of Customer Service and Senior Vice President of Research and Software Development for World Computer Corporation in Michigan where her team designed and installed new financial services software for credit unions. Barbara has served on the National Women's Business Council and is also a media resource for the White House Project. She has been recently cited as CEO of one of the top 3 most powerful non-profits in Washington, DC.
Gloria Larkin, President, TargetGov, Elkridge, MD
The TargetGov division focuses on government procurement and related business development and marketing services including Capability Statements, minority certification services, contract development (GSA Schedules, etc), business development, proposal management and development, contract administration and expert federal contracting services The parent company, MOA, provides corporate business development and marketing-related services including current customer analysis to determine profitability, client profiling, targeted prospect identification and list development, database, marketing plan and strategy development, graphic design, marketing communications and calendar development and execution. Larkin is an expert author with articles regarding business development published in local, regional, national and international publications. She is the author of the book "The Veterans Business Guide: How to Build a Successful Government Contracting Business”, and has created a series of Government Business Development Audio CDs and Toolkits focusing on business development processes for various federal agencies. Larkin also created the Government Contracting Institute for Howard County Economic Development Authority. Larkin was the SBA's 2010 Women in Business Champion for Maryland, an Enterprising Women Magazine's 2010 Enterprising Women of the Year honoree, serves on the Public Transportation Board of Howard County, Maryland, and has been recognized among other awards a as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2010, 2007 and 2004, WIPP Member of the Year 2007, BRAVO Business Achievement Award Winner in 2007 and one of Maryland's Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises in 2008 and 2006.
Pamela Mazza, PilieroMazza, Washington, DC
Pamela Mazza is the managing partner of PilieroMazza PLLC, a Washington, D.C. law firm, and has gained national recognition for her nearly 30 years of work with small to mid-sized government contractors. Her clients operate throughout the U.S. and around the world spanning virtually all industries and include commercial businesses, non-profit organizations, trade associations, tribal entities, and foreign companies. Ms. Mazza’s practice areas include all aspects of government contracts, including federal procurement programs for small businesses, audits and investigations. She also counsels clients on general corporate matters, corporate transactions, protecting their intellectual property and regulatory compliance. Ms. Mazza is a frequent speaker at national conferences for government contractors. She conducts in house training for corporations on small business compliance and government contracting issues. In addition to serving on the WIPP Board or Directors, Ms. Mazza serves as general counsel for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, the National Veterans Small Business Coalition and the Small Environmental Business Action Coalition. She is a founding member and frequent instructor of the MCCC Veterans Institute for Procurement. Ms. Mazza is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Virginia, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and various other federal courts. She also practices before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Agency Boards of Contract Appeals.
Cecelia McCloy, President and CEO, Integrated Science Solutions, Walnut Creek, CA
Ms. Cecelia McCloy is President and CEO of Integrated Science Solutions Inc. (ISSi) a certified woman-owned science, technology, and engineering firm. Prior to co-founding ISSi, Ms. McCloy was a Corporate Vice President of a FORTUNE 500 defense contractor. Desiring to make a change and fostering a corporate philosophy that empowers employees and promotes employee involvement, Ms. McCloy and Dr. David Dobson started ISSi. Fourteen years later, Integrated Science Solutions has grown to 40 people in four locations across the US. The firm instills a corporate culture that is customer, employee, and community focused. ISSi has an annual employee community award program and has awarded over $85,000. Ms. McCloy has been the subject of numerous articles and recipient of several awards including: 2012 NASA Ames Honor Award; 2011 Shuttle Program Manager’s Commendation from NASA; 2011 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year from Woman’s Initiative; 2009 Woman’s Advocate of the Year and 2008 Public Policy Advocate of the Year from NAWBO; 2007 WIPP Fast 5 Award, 2006 Women to Watch in California; 2005 Best Bosses Finalist, and 2003 Woman of Distinction: Technology. She was a federal appointee to the National Women’s Business Council. She has served on the Board of Directors for several non-profits including the NAWBO and WIPP. In addition to her focus on building her company, Ms. McCloy is a mother of 3 and volunteers in her community. She is an active member of Women Presidents Organization, Diablo Valley Chapter.
Patricia Meagher, Shareholder, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell, San Francisco, CA
Patricia Meagher is a member of the law firm of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell where she specializes in the areas of government contracts, litigation and construction law. With more than twenty-five years of experience, Pat’s practice includes counseling both prime contractors and subcontractors in a wide variety of procurement matters, including regulatory compliance, commercial item acquisitions, technical data rights, submission of claims, bid protests, small business issues, terminations, teaming agreements and joint ventures. She also represents firms involved with federal, state and local public works projects and has particular expertise in protests, claims and payment disputes. Ms. Meagher has tried government contract and construction cases in state court, federal district court, the Boards of Contract Appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and private arbitrations. She is a past chair of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Section of Public Contract Law. Pat is a National Partner and former member of the Board of Directors of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and a past chair of the WIPP Procurement Committee.
Sylvia Medina, President, Green Kids Club, Incorporated and Emerald Springs, LLC, Idaho Falls, ID
Sylvia Medina is the President of Green Kids Club, Inc. and Emerald Springs, LLC. With more than 20 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries as both a corporate executive and environmental engineer, Ms. Medina is recognized as a leader in small business innovation and unmatched customer service. Ms. Medina received Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Biology at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico. After graduation, she relocated to Idaho, where she made numerous contributions as an environmental engineer at the Idaho National Environmental Laboratory. During that time, she received a Master of Science degree in Waste Management with an emphasis in Chemical Engineering. In 1997, Ms. Medina founded North Wind, Inc. which was sold in 2010 to Cook Inlet Region Incorporated (CIRI). The company at this time had peaked at revenue sales of $120M and 400 employees. Ms. Medina has since moved on and has started the Green Kids Club, a company focused on environmental ecosystem management. The company is focused on teaching children the importance of maintaining an ecosystem that can be shared in a responsible manner by humans and animals. She has also started a consulting firm, Emerald Springs to support government and private contracting needs.
Elise Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA, President and CEO, Mitchell Communications Group, Fayetteville, AR
Elise is an accomplished strategic communications and public relations counselor with more than 20 years of experience in both the agency and corporate settings. The founder of two successful companies, Elise brings her entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen to lead Mitchell Communications Group, which was recently named 2011 PRWeek Small PR Agency of the Year and a 2011 "50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America" by Women President's Organization and American Express OPEN. Under her leadership, Mitchell Communications has grown exponentially in recent years to become a $10 million firm with seven practice areas, tripling revenue and employee growth just since 2008. The agency's expansion was recognized with a top 25% ranking in the 2011 Inc. 500/5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies. Her company’s portfolio of clients includes a "who’s who” of distinctive national and global brands including: Walmart Stores Inc., Sam’s Club, Tyson Foods, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Southwestern Energy Company and others. Elise serves on the national board of the Council of PR Firms and is chair of the diversity and inclusion task force. She is chair-elect of the Public Relations Society of America's Counselor's Academy and is an active member of the PRSA College of Fellows. She is a platinum member of Women Presidents' Organization, the 2011 chair and national spokesperson for WIPP's Small Business Saturday coalition, a national advisory board member for Enterprising Women magazine, a member of the Women's Business Council of the Southwest and Arkansas Women's Forum.
Mary Scheetz, CEO and Principal, Consulting Concepts & Innovations
Mary Scheetz founded CCI in January 2002 with a focused vision: To provide clients with comprehensive solutions for creating world-class contact centers that are a source of competitive advantage. Since then the company has grown steadily through the successful delivery of consultative services and solutions to major public and private sector entities, including Verizon, the Centers for Disease Control and others. Mary is an expert in facilitating workforce changes to support organizational operating, financial and quality objectives. She is particularly skilled in analyzing existing operations and implementing strategies, processes and technologies to improve productivity and efficiency. She has extensive knowledge of and experience with IEX, TCS, Blue Pumpkin, CTI, CMS, Seibel, IVR, ACD and Witness applications and/or hardware, as well as others. Prior to founding CCI, Mary was Project Manager for MCI WorldCom’s (now Verizon) Contact Center Solutions and eCRM Solutions consulting groups. Mary received her BA in English and Political Science from Dickinson College, and MBA in Accounting from Widener University. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and enjoys skiing, traveling, and theatergoing in New York City.
Magdalah R. Silva, CEO, DMS International, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
Mrs. Silva is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of DMS International, often referred to as DMS. DMS (Data Management Services) is a Management, Training and Information Technology Services Firm incorporated in 1994 providing organizational, operational, and technical services to major Federal as well as Commercial customers. In 2008, DMS International was ranked #44 in the Washington Technology Fast 50, # 280 on the INC. 500 and # 24 in the Top 100 Businesses in the Washington Metro Area. Silva has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry with extensive expertise in management, product development, and operations management. Prior to incorporating DMS International, Mrs. Silva worked for Citibank, The World Bank, and was an independent consultant in private sector development. She earned her M.A. in International Management from the University of Maryland's School of International Management and Technology in 1995 and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University in 1982. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Owners and Presidents Management Program.
Elaine Starling, President, Starling Media Services, Shingle Springs, CA
Elaine brings over 20 years of international agency and advertising experience to her clients in managing television, radio, magazines, newspapers, outdoor and web advertising as well as developing integrated media marketing plans. She has directed the strategic development of corporate media activity, handled product placement opportunities, managed Internet exposure, and worked with media, creative, and product placement agencies to develop and implement innovative and efficient advertising plans. Elaine has an impressive list of accomplishments even before starting Starling Media Services. She worked with Sega to create their first infomercial for the Genesis 32X Launch, "Absolutely Rose Street", exceeding goals for generating awareness, viewer response, and positive press for the platform prior to the product launch. Elaine served on the Pico direct response team, evaluating traditional and direct response media to create the optimal media mix for the product. Her aggressive approach to testing and refining the media mix helped to improve cost-per-calls by 53% over goal. Elaine's expertise was honed during her years as Associate Director of Media at J. Walter Thompson, working on the Corporate, Consumer, and International Sprint businesses. She also has entertainment experience from working with Orion Pictures and Mattel Toys at Foote, Cone & Belding.
Nicolina Stewart, CPA, PFS, CLU, ChFC, President, CMA Solutions, Inc., Sarasota, FL
Nicolina A. Stewart, CPA, PFS, CGMA, CLU, ChFC has been successfully advising wealthy individuals, families and businesses for over 27 years. She is President of CMA Solutions, Inc., which is headquartered in Bradenton, Florida. CMA Solutions, Inc. offers insurance and annuity reviews and analysis, pre- and post-retirement planning, estate and succession planning, overall financial planning and consulting services. The company serves a diverse set of clients including, but not limited to, divorced and widowed women, women-owned businesses and non-profit organizations. Nikki is a frequent speaker on financial topics, has testified before the Senate Small Business Committee on tax topics and is published in various magazines, newspapers and trade publications. She also serves on the National Advisory Board for Enterprising Women, Inc., and as Treasurer for the Enterprising Women Foundation, as well as is being certified as a Woman-Owned Business by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Nikki has published articles, been a featured speaker at conferences educating her peers, and has served on several conference committees for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). She is member, and a former Board Member of the Association of CPA Financial Planners, as well as a former member of the All-Star Financial Group.
Leticia Vélez, President and CEO, Chicago Mini Bus Travel, Franklin Park, IL
When President/CEO Letty Velez started Chicago Mini Bus Travel™ in 2004 with just 10 buses, her determination and vision were evident immediately. During that first year, she doubled the fleet and increased sales to more than two million dollars. From mail and fax campaigns to aligning the company’s mission, Letty wore many hats. Yet, even with her supervision of marketing, scheduling, reservations and billing, she never lost her focus on the client. Today, the company is the largest mini bus company in the Chicagoland area. Letty is a member of the Women President’s Organization (WPO), the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She is also a strong supporter of the National Council of La Raza and serves as a board member for Enterprising Women Magazine. She credits the relationships she has built through these organizations for contributing to and supporting her success. Her honors and recognition have included 2008 Biz-Over recipient, speaking on the Step-Up Women’s Network Panel, a Business Ledger 2008’s ‘Influential Women in Business’ honoree and 2009 Grant Recipient from the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent public speaker and sought after media spokesperson.
Gayle Waldron, President, The Management Edge, Inc., Largo, FL
For 24 years, Waldron and her 20 employees and consultants have provided leading edge organizational consulting and development services to corporate and Federal government clients. The company specializes in improving performance and productivity through the use of collaborative work processes, improved communication skills, respect for differences in personality and work styles, and conflict management/resolution. In addition, TME provides a wide variety of leadership and staff development and coaching, change management consulting, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution services, and culture change initiatives. The Management Edge®(TME) is best known for its pioneering work in Inter-Agency Partnering, a Public-Private initiative that builds effective, productive teams among representatives from different Federal government agencies, such as DoD and EPA, NOAA and Fish and Wildlife, State agencies, private contractors, local and state government and other stakeholders. These Partnering teams have saved the government million of dollars and years of work by effectively and efficiently stream-lining the clean-up of contamination on Federal Facilities. The Management Edge has consistently won national awards and recognition for its accomplishments, including Diversity.com awards for Top 100 Woman Owned Businesses in Florida, Top 100 Diversity Owned Businesses in Florida, and Top 500 Emerging Businesses in the US. Waldron is a recognized speaker at conferences in the US and abroad. She regularly speaks on workplace productivity, workplace diversity, conflict management, negotiation and gender, small business and entrepreneurship and woman in business issues. She also delivers webinars on these subjects. Waldron has been a National Founding Partner of WIPP since 2003, attending the 1st annual conference and each since then. She has served as the 1st Co-Chair of the WIPP Procurement Committee, a member of the Coalition Partnership committee, Chair of that Committee on the Executive Advisory Board, and sits on the WIPP Board of Directors. She has also been active locally and nationally on other women's business organizations, notably NAWBO, where she served as the local Public Policy chair and was a contributing researcher and writer on NAWBO's Procurement Task Force and its ground-breaking report of 2006. She regularly mentors and coaches other women entrepreneurs. Waldron lives in Clearwater, FL and travels extensively for work and pleasure.
Rose Wang, Founder and CEO, Binary Group, Arlington, VA
Rose Wang, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Binary Group, guides the overall corporate vision and strategy for the company. Ms. Wang has been instrumental in charting Binary's transformation strategies and developing its unique methodology - Outcome Driven Enterprise Approach™. Binary has experienced tremendous growth and success under her leadership, while delivering billions of dollars of savings and value for customers. Ms. Wang is a highly regarded IT strategist and entrepreneur. She was a pivotal engineering team member for Lighthouse Design, a Silicon Valley startup company. After a successful early acquisition of Lighthouse by Sun Microsystems, Ms. Wang launched an IT consulting company, Binary Consulting, securing contracts from Fortune 500 companies, including MCI, Fannie Mae and Sprint. Ms. Wang joined the venture-backed start-up InLine Software as their Chief Architect, leading product development of enterprise software systems. At the same time, Ms. Wang founded an online women’s business community, iBizWomen.com. After 9/11, Ms. Wang steered Binary in a new direction, bringing her commercial experience and success to the Federal Government, closing its first contract with the Army and quickly expanding within the Army and DoD CIO office as well as other defense and civilian agencies. Ms. Wang speaks frequently on matters specific to technology, business growth strategies, entrepreneurship, and government contracting. Ms. Wang is a mentor and provides coaching for entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders. Ms. Wang is a thought leader on small business issues as well as government procurement policies, frequently speaking on Capitol Hill and at Federal Government and industry events. Ms. Wang earned her Master's Degree in Computer Science from University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Beijing Polytechnic University.