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WIPP To Showcase WBO's Economic Power at 2009 We Decide! Annual Legislative Meeting - Oct.1, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009  
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WOMEN IMPACTING PUBLIC POLICY To SHOWCASE WBO’s ECONOMIC Power at 2009 We Decide! Annual Legislative Meeting


Annual Legislative Meeting To Feature SBA Administrator Karen Mills,

Senior White House Health Care Advisor Neera Tanden and

Sens. Landrieu (D-LA) and Murkowski (R-AK)


WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2009) – Women business owners from across the country will converge on Washington, D.C., to discuss current legislative issues and the national economic climate for their 2009 annual legislative meeting. Hosted by the nation’s largest bi-partisan women’s business group, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the national legislative meeting will be held on Oct. 1 at the W Hotel, 515 15th Street, N.W., in the Altitude Room.


“Last year, women entrepreneurs released an ambitious economic blueprint that outlined their policy and business goals over the upcoming decade. One year later, the economic climate has changed, nevertheless, women business owners continue to be a powerful economic and political force, making it more important than ever for them to stay informed about public policy and how it impacts their business,” said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff. “Our annual bi-partisan legislative meeting will not only connect women business leaders with policy makers, it gives them knowledge they need help grow their businesses and make decisions regarding public policy.”


The Women’s Economic Blueprint, released in Sept. 2008, was created as a call to action for Congress and the next administration and outlined the public policies necessary to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses in the 21stCentury. At this year’s legislative meeting, WIPP members will receive an update on the goals outlined in the blueprint.


Additionally, WIPP’s national legislative meeting will feature a several top business leaders, legislative leaders, and White House officials speaking on issues affecting women business owners, such as strengthening the economy, health care reform and the SBA’s proposed rule for government procurement. While in Washington, WIPP members will bring the concerns of 10.4 million women business owners to members of Congress during a special visit to Capitol Hill. 


Speaking at this year’s national legislative meeting:

SBA Administrator, Karen Mills
Senior Adviser Health and Human Services Department Office of Health Reform, Neera Tanden 
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

In addition to the legislative meeting, WIPP members will join the National Women’s Business Council and the Center for Women’s Business Research and Walmart on Friday, Oct. 2, in releasing the first-ever economic impact study concerning women-owned small businesses in the United States. The study release is part of a summit on the impact of women-owned business and tools and strategies for growth.


Women Impacting Public Policy is a non-profit, national bipartisan group with over half-a-million members. As The Collective Voice in Washington, DC, for 48 national women and small business organizations, WIPP strengthens their impact on the legislative process, creates economic opportunities for members and builds alliances with other small business organizations.  Visit



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WIPP’s National Legislative Meeting

October 1, 2009


 8 a.m.             2009 WIPP Awards Breakfast

2009 WIPP Awards and a special salute to the one year anniversary of the Economic Blueprint


-        Barbara Kasoff, President and Co-Founder, Women Impacting Public Policy

-        Lynne Marie Finn, Chair, Economic Blueprint; President and CEO, Superior Staff Resources

-        Karen Maples, President, Myutiq

-        AT&T Innovator of the Year Award: Michele R. McGough, President/CEO Solutions4Networks

-        Member of the Year Award: Leylani Cardoso, Vice President, Duty Free World, Inc.

-        Member to Watch Award: Stephanie Isaacson, President,  New Horizons Environmental, LLC

-        Public Policy Award: Deborah Wilder, The Law Office of Deborah Wilder

-        President’s Award: Nicolina A. Stewart, CPA, President, CMA Solutions, Inc. 


9 a.m.  Administrator Karen Mills, U.S. Small Business Administration


9:30 a.m.  A discussion of the hottest topics in Washington, including health care, energy, procurement, retirement security and telecommunications.


-        Neera Tanden, Senior Adviser Health and Human Services Department Office of Health Reform

-        Sherry Baldwin, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Defense Intelligence Agency

-        George C. O’Connor, Jr., Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Entergy

-        Melody Hughson, Senior Director, Public Policy, Pfizer

-        Michelle Thompson-Dolberry, Director, Advocacy Marketing, American Express OPEN

-        Laura Donovan Haines, Americans for Secure Retirement

-        Jean C. Setzfand, Director of Financial Security, AARP

-        Francine Manilow, CEO and Founder, Manilow Suites

-        Michelle Crumm, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, Adaptive Materials, Inc.

-        Cecilia McCloy, President and CEO, Integrated Science Solutions, Inc. (ISSI)

-        Joy Wheeler, VP Medical and Patient Relations, Simmons Firm

-        Ann Sullivan, WIPP Government Relations

12  p.m.  WIPP Congressional Luncheon and Give Me 5 Anniversary Celebration

-        Sen. Mary Landrieu, Chairwoman Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee (D-LA)

-        Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

-        Sen. Jean Shaheen (D-NH) 
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5 p.m.              WIPP Capitol Hill Reception

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