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WIPP 2014 Annual Leadership Meeting

7/22/2014 to 7/24/2014
When: July 22-24, 2014
Where: Washington, DC
Contact: AnnaKate Moeller

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WIPP Annual Leadership Meeting

Leadership, Power, and Advocacy

July 22-24, 2014

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC






Policies matter. They have a direct effect on your business growth. Meet, network and join WIPP Leaders, and build your business.





WIPP ** National Partner Reception
 Holland & Knight Offices

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 5:00pm – 6:30pm
** This special networking reception is for WIPP National Partners.


WIPP National Partners will have the opportunity to network and meet representatives from WIPP’s sponsors and coalition partners.




WIPP Annual Meeting
Leveraging Your Power

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 8:30am – 12:30pm


8:00                      Registration is open


8:30am                 Challenges in Organizational Leadership

Learn from top ranking leaders as they highlight unique personal and professional challenges they have faced as women presidents of national organizations and the techniques they implemented to overcome those challenges.  Speakers include:

Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., Founder & President, Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

Janet Harris-Lange, President, National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)

Pam Eason, President & CEO, Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC)

Monica Smiley, Editor & Publisher, Enterprising Women Magazine


9:45am                 Corporate Leadership Session:  The Importance of Building Alliances

Corporate executives share how large companies leverage alliance building as part of their strategy for advocacy, community engagement, and brand development.  Learn how small businesses can apply these tactics within their own businesses.   Moderated by Antonella Pianalto, speakers include: 

Carol Wilner, Vice President, Federal & National Third Party Affairs, AT&T

Janet McUlsky, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations, Pfizer

Carrie Parker, Vice President, Content Innovation, American Express OPEN

Karen Price-Ward, Community Affairs & Grassroots Regional Leader, Southwest Airlines  

Sarah Thorn, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations, Walmart


11:30am               Inspire Brunch

Kristie Arslan, WIPP 

Barbara Kasoff, WIPP


Building Your Power and Visibility

Media entrepreneur, Former President of Telemundo and Founder of the Adelante Movement, Nely Galan, shares the lessons she has learned in her empowerment and entrepreneurial journey, through her experiences with her immigrant Cuban parents and the five billionaires she worked for and who became her clients.



WIPP Annual Meeting
Leveraging Your Power
Capitol Hill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 1:00pm – 4:30pm


1:00-1:30pm         Senate Meet & Greet

Attendees have the opportunity to meet with Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and other key Senators working on issues of importance to women business owners.


1:45-4:30pm         The Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing on in
                             SH-216, entitled “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs:  Understanding Successes, Addressing
                             Persistent Challenges, and Identifying New Opportunities.”  
(Please Note: the hearing will NOT be held in our normal hearing room.)

Given that women owned businesses comprise nearly 30% of all US businesses and are growing at twice the rate of other businesses, the Committee will examine the successes and challenges facing women owned firms.  The purpose of the hearing is to review government programs that assist women owned firms and their effectiveness. Topics will include the women's federal procurement program, training and counseling, and lending programs for women entrepreneurs.

Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Ranking Member James Risch (R-ID) will host.

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Notification of Hearing

The Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., in SH-216, entitled “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Understanding Successes, Addressing Persistent Challenges, and Identifying New Opportunities.” (Please Note: the hearing will NOT be held in our normal hearing room.)


WIPP Annual Meeting
Special Procurement Session

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 5:00pm – 5:30pm


5:00-5:30pm         Issue Insight – Behind the Scenes: Road to Sole Source Authority

Hear from WIPP’s top advocate, Ann Sullivan, on the recent victory in the House of Representatives authorizing sole source authority for the WOSB Federal Contract Program.  Hosted by the WIPP Procurement Committee.



WIPP Capital Connections Reception
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm


Meet corporate representatives from WIPP supporters such as American Express, AT&T, and Walmart and OSDBU representatives. And join us to celebrate our 2014 WIPP Award winners.  Program Emcee: Elaine Starling, Starling Media Services.



No-Host Networking Dinners
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 7:30pm

Join fellow WIPP members from across the country for special small group networking dinners.  WIPP has selected a series of nearby classic DC restaurants and reserved you a seat!  Attendees will be responsible for the cost of their own meal.  Choose from*:


Bistro Bis – modern interpretations of French bistro fare
Dinner per person estimated at $65


Charlie Palmer Steak – big, bold American food
Dinner per person estimated at $90


Johnny’s Half Shell – Chesapeake and Gulf Coast seafood
Dinner per person estimated at $65


The Monocle – authentic American steak and seafood
Dinner per person estimated at $60

*The reservations for Bistro Bis, Charlie Palmer Steak, and Johnny's Half Shell are now at capacity.  There are still a few spots available at The Monocle.



WIPP Legislative Fly-In: Share Our Vision and Lead the Way
Thursday, July 24, 20134– 8:00am – 3:30pm


An action packed day that will inspire you to become an effective advocate for your business: expect to expand your understanding of government policies that affect your bottom line, expect to share your views with elected officials, and expect to network with other successful business leaders.


WIPP Annual Meeting
WIPP Policy Breakfast

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 8:00am – 9:30am


8:00am                 Remarks by Ann Sullivan, WIPP Government Affairs


8:15am                 Midterm Election Briefing

Margie Omero, Managing Director, Purple Insights


8:45am                 WIPP Advocacy Workshop hosted by WIPP's Government Relations Team

Learn How to Develop a Relationship with Your Congressional Offices

Get Insight on How to Leverage Social Media for Advocacy Efforts

Overview of WIPP’s Legislative Priorities

Preparation for Your Hill Visits



WIPP Annual Meeting
Leveraging Your Power
Capitol Hill

Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 10:00am – 3:30pm


10:00am               Hill Visits at your Senator(s)' DC Office(s)


12:30pm               WIPP Congressional Luncheon

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY-22nd)

Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA-14th)


2:30-3:30pm         House Committee Meeting on Women's Business Issues with Key Committee Staff

Hosted by Chairman Sam Graves (R), 6th District of Missouri



3:30-5:00pm         Optional Hill Visit at your Representative's DC Office

8:00-11:00pm       Optional after conference activity: Potomac River Dinner Cruise ($105-130 pp)





Registration Rates

WIPP 2014 Annual Leadership Meeting - Full Conference

Please log in for member discounts.

WIPP National Partners and Advocacy Partners $325

WIPP Legislative Advocates $350

Registered Coalition Partner Members $375

Non-Members $400


WIPP 2014 Annual Leadership Meeting - Individual Event Registration

* Please log in for member discounts.

WIPP Inspire Brunch only * $100

WIPP Capital Connections and Awards Reception only * $110

WIPP Policy Breakfast only * $75

Congressional Luncheon only * $100


Click here to see Sponsorship Opportunities.



Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234

WIPP's room block has ended.  Please check with the hotel for current availability.


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Washington, DC is served by three major airports: Reagan National (DCA), Washington Dulles International (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International (BWI). Reagan National Airport is the closest in proximity to The Liaison Capitol Hill. Paid shuttles are available from each of the airports by calling in advance 800-BLUE-VAN. Cab rates are approximately $20-$70, depending on the airport you choose.


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Cancellation policy
Attendees may cancel up to 15 days prior to a session and receive a full refund, less an administrative processing fee of $5 for individual events and $15 for full conference registrations; within 8-14 days a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted within 7 days or less of the conference.


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