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Candace Waterman
President & CEO
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

With more than 15 years elevating and empowering women business owners, Candace Waterman is a passionate advocate for visionary strategy, particularly in the growth areas of diversity and inclusion, mindful leadership, and multigenerational talent
management. She currently leads the nation’s largest non-partisan public policy organization for women and minority entrepreneurs, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).
As a nationally recognized and respected business thought leader, executive, and serial entrepreneur, whose 30-year industry expertise spans multiple disciplines, Candace regularly works with leaders in Congress, global corporations, and grassroots small
business communities to build not only top-level programs, but also ground-up opportunities for women business owners.
She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and meetings as well as a special advisor to the Women20 (W20) Women Entrepreneurship Working Group of the G20 countries and a current member of the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC). Candace
has also served as an advisor in critical media outlets, such as the Essence Entrepreneurial Advisory Council for Essence magazine.
Prior to leading WIPP, Candace was the Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s leading third-party certifier of Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) for commercial interests
and Woman Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) for government contracting. She remains on the organization’s leadership council and operates as a strategic partner for WBENC’s Women of Color program.
Candace holds an M.B.A., an M.C.A., and is a Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Fellow. She resides in the Washington, D.C. area.


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