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WIPP In Action - February 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Women Impacting Public Policy

Measuring Our Impact:
The WIPP ACE Survey

The WIPP ACE Principle

The WIPP ACE Principle

Over the last two years, we’ve identified Advocacy, Community, and Education (ACE) as the guiding core principles for our WIPP member value. Now we want to measure that impact in the WIPP .


Our advocacy efforts have created a generation of women business owners claiming their seat at the table and using their voices to create change. We have testified before Congress, helped draft legislation, and provided regulatory input.


Our community engagement means members, stakeholders, and partners have access to industry leaders and resources. Our members are the heart of our organization, and we provide an ecosystem to support them.


Our education programs have helped thousands of women business owners across the country scale their businesses, connect with decision makers, and access resources in the federal contracting landscape.


This is a great time to join WIPP and get involved in our next era. We invite you to our to learn more about the ACE Principle and our vision leading up to our 20th anniversary next year.


We are only as good as the value we provide to you. As we enter this new year and new decade, we need your help to measure our impact and gain your input on some exciting new services we plan to offer. Please take a few minutes of your time to give us invaluable feedback by responding to our survey.


Candace Waterman

WIPP President & CEO

Four Steps Congress Should Take to Help WOSBs in the FY2021 NDAA

Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth Sullivan

If you participate in WIPP's Policy Update webinars, you will likely hear us reference the , or more lovingly known as the “NDAA.”


As it remains one of the last “must pass” bills – due to the Constitutional requirement that Congress provides for a common defense – each year presents an opportunity to advocate for changes that will benefit women-owned businesses.


So, here is what we think should be included this year:


1. Expand investment in women- and minority-owned companies.

2. Increase the share of contracts awarded to small businesses.

3. Give small businesses more runway.

4. Share best practices for contracting with small businesses.


As we promote these changes, look for action alerts and other ways to engage from our team. Since it is an election year, there will be limited opportunity to advance this legislation – all the more reason why the NDAA is so important.


These four changes would go a long way to help the government meet its 5% goal of contract awards to women-owned companies.

Contracting Compliance in Cybersecurity

The Ugly Truth About CMMC

The WIPP Education Platform (WEP) is a WIPP Member benefit offering education, programs, and opportunities to women-owned businesses across the nation. Our first webinar this year will focus on how to prepare for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).


The deadline for the CMMC is fast approaching in September.

  • Are you one of the many Department of Defense (DoD) contractors that need to comply but aren’t sure where to begin?
  • Did you know compliance is mandatory for prime contractors and subcontractors alike?
  • Do you know enough to be sure your cloud service providers are doing the right thing?
  • Are you looking for ways to balance the need for compliance with the cost of implementation?

Join us for an informative webinar where we will discuss how CMMC will affect your business in the future, strategies for compliance, and how to manage the cost of implementation.


Tuesday, February 18

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT


This webinar is free to WIPP Members. Non-members can register for $25.

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

This month's Member Spotlight features WIPP Member Karen R. Jenkins, President & CEO of .


Each month, WIPP highlights a member who has leveraged WIPP membership to grow their business, engage with elected officials, and/or elevate the mission of WIPP and the visibility of women-owned businesses.

Policy Update

WIPP Policy Update Webinar

Join us this month on our Policy Update Webinar to learn more about 2020 federal funding updates, contracting trends, and the importance of our policy priority on infrastructure improvements.


Wednesday, February 12

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT

Member Meeting

Membership Orientation Webinar

Join us for our monthly member meeting, a breakdown of the ACE Principle, and a conversation with our Member Spotlight, Karen R. Jenkins!


Wednesday, February 19

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT


Women Presidents' Organization

50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led

2020 marks the 13th Annual WPO competition to find the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies.


To be eligible, companies must be:

  • Privately-owned
  • Women-owned/led
  • The business must have generated at least $500,000 (USD) in 2015 revenue (and every subsequent year)
  • Revenues must be converted to USD

You do not need to be a WPO member to apply. Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 14th, 2020.

Enterprising Women Magazine

Enterprising Women of the Year Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs. Special congratulations to WIPP Members:

  • Brenda Jones Barwick, Jones PR
  • Dominique Cagle, Nika Corporate Housing, LLC
  • Denita R. Conway, Proven Management
  • Meena Krishnan, Inoventures, LLC
  • Barbara Myrick, B & M Construction, Inc.

Honorees will be recognized at the 18th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference from March 29 to March 31 at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

The WIPP Connection

Where Is WIPP This Month?

Connections make our community stronger. It all starts with a simple hello.


Check our WIPP Connection column each month in this email update as well as on the WIPP In Action blog. Our goal is to ensure you have the information to join us where you are and make connections with WIPP leadership, staff, and other members!

We hope to see you sometime this month at one of these events:

1120 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1000

Washington, D.C. 20036



WIPP thanks our Corporate Partners:


Accenture | American Express | Comcast | EY | Intuit | L3 Technologies | Live Oak Bank | Lockheed Martin | Northrop Grumman | Pfizer | PhRMA | Southern California Edison | Southwest Airlines | Verizon | Walmart


WIPP is a national nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs—strengthening their impact on our nation’s public policy, creating economic opportunities, and forging alliances with other business organizations. .


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Featured Members
Tina PattersonPrincipal, Jade Solutions, Germantown, MD — August 2020 Member Spotlight
Nancy Goshow (Aber)Partner, Goshow Architects, NYC, NY — May 2020 Member Spotlight

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