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WIPP In Action - September 2020

Wednesday, September 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Women Impacting Public Policy

MakerMaker Hosts Available for All Industries, Products, and Services

WIPPCyber MatchMaker Hosts

The deadline to apply for WIPPCyber MatchMaker Meetings is almost a week away. Grab your seat to meet one-on-one in a virtual environment with over 20 matchmaker hosts requesting meetings with women business owners in all commodities and services.


Meet our MatchMaker Hosts:

  • Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)
  • Defense Information System Agency (DISA)
  • Department of Army
  • Department of Army Medical Command
  • Department of State
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • L3 Harris
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Marine Corps Systems Command
  • NASA
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Southern California Edison
  • ViacomCBS

Due to demand, we have added an overflow host list. This event is on track to sell out.


Purchase your symposium ticket starting at $99 and apply for matchmaker meetings by Thursday, September 17 to be eligible.


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Prioritize Cyber Resiliency

WIPPCyber Keynote Speaker: Sydney Klein

Cyber attacks are becoming more frequent in the small business community, and the average loss for a small business is $200,000. The #WIPPCyber Symposium will help business owners learn how to protect, prepare, and prioritize your business's cyber resiliency.


We are excited to announce our opening #WIPPCyber keynote speaker:


Sydney Klein
Chief Information Security Officer
Bristol Myers Squibb


No business, regardless of size, wants to be the victim of a cyber attack. Running a business in a digital world, entrepreneurs have to think about not only ensuring cybersecurity for your business data, but also protecting the data of your customers.


Join us for a virtual fireside chat with acclaimed industry expert, Sydney Klein, CISO, Bristol Myers Squibb, to discuss cybersecurity trends, what business owners should consider as they protect their company, and steps they should take as they grow and expand their business audiences.

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WIPP Membership Offer Extended

WIPP Membership Offer
For a limited time, our non-member ticket for the upcoming WIPP Virtual Symposium on Cyber Resiliency includes an annual WIPP Advocate Membership (a $125 value). This offer has been extended to September 17!


Your ticket to the #WIPPCyber Symposium gives you access to our three half-day programs tailored for women business owners and featuring:

  • Cybersecurity and technology experts and speakers;
  • Advocacy spotlights with legislators and staff from the House and Senate; and
  • Dedicated matchmaker meetings and networking with government agencies, primes, and corporate partners.

Don't lose your access to ongoing education, advocacy, and community. Purchase your ticket and join WIPP today!

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Cybersecurity Certification Keeps Chugging Along

WIPP Works In Washington

The last time we wrote about Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) was back in early March when the DoD released their final version to industry. The pandemic hit shortly after and turned things upside down – except for the rollout of CMMC, which has continued to move forward.


So, where does everything stand now?


A major step has been taken in moving this process along – training started at the end of August for certification assessors. These 73 assessors, however, are part of a “provisional program” and won’t actually be assigning the companies they evaluate a final CMMC level. Think of these initial assessments as more of a dry run, with the goal of providing feedback to the DoD and CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) on any issues that need to be resolved before the real evaluations begin.


As a reminder, the body providing the training – the CMMC-AB – is separate from the DoD. The AB is currently operating with a volunteer board and will eventually be a fully staffed organization.


Want to know more? Read the blog post and join the Advocacy Update webinar today at 2 PM ET!

Read the Blog Post

Today at 2 PM ET

September Advocacy Update

Listen to live commentary and conversation from the WIPP Advocacy Team as they discuss the latest news and developments coming from Capitol Hill that will affect your business and other women-owned businesses.


Today, September 9

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT


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The Power of Business Matchmaking

Intersectionality Series - September 14

Connecting with people is essential to success and that is particularly true in business. Being well prepared for matchmaking and building strong business relationships can give a company the competitive edge. Hear from agency and corporate professionals as they discuss available procurement opportunities.


Monday, September 14

2 PM ET / 1 PM CT / 11 AM PT


The WIPP Intersectionality Series is a featured webinar series with up-to-the-minute business policy and funding information from Capitol Hill. Each episode in the series will feature the WIPP Advocacy Team, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a special topic of interest.


These webinars are sponsored by our corporate partners Accenture, Comcast, and Southern California Edison.

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Member Spotlight

ECCO Select

This month's Member Spotlight features WIPP Board Member Jeanette Hernandez Prenger, President & CEO at ECCO Select.


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.

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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. Read WIPP’s Nonpartisan Policy Statement.



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