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WIPP Annual Leadership Conference a Success

WIPP Annual Leadership Conference provided excellent information for attendees of the event.

Columbia, MD, July 25, 2012 --( The annual Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Conference that took place July 18-19, 2012 in Washington, DC was successful in providing useful information to attendees.

WIPP has partnered with American Express OPEN and together the organizations have educated 606,406 small business owners about federal contracting and directly trained 42,704 business owners regarding registrations, certification, business development and other federal marketplace processes.

“Using these connections and information could allow a business owner not just to grow their business and add more jobs to our economy, but to see extraordinary success.” says Gloria Larkin, President of TargetGov and National Partner at WIPP. “The speakers were very focused on being successful in this challenging economy.”

Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Associate Director of Small Business Programs, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), kicked off the program as the keynote speaker. She oversees an $8 Billion contracting program and is serious about helping qualified small businesses see success in the USACE.

Julie D’Agostino, President of JMD Enterprises, was awarded the 2012 Give Me 5 Award by Alexandra Ytuarte, Senior Manager, Customer Advocacy, American Express Open.

The Successful Small Business Panel, moderated by Barbara English, included panel members: Lisa Firestone, President & CEO, Managed Care Advisors; Catherine Giordano, President & CEO, Knowledge Information Solutions; LaVern Jackson, President & CEO, Joint Logistics Managers’ and Lourdes Martin-Rosa, President, Government Business Solutions.

Magdalah Silva, CEO and Co-founder, DMS International, moderated the Learn From Prime Contractors panel. Expert panelists included Ludmilla Parnell, Director, Business Development Small Business Partnerships, General Dynamics Information Technology; Layli Pietri, Small Business Manager, Balfour Beatty Construction; and Kiyaa Washington-Hider, Small Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and General Solutions.

The expertise offered at the WIPP Leadership Conference speaks for itself and to the success of the conference as a whole. The conference was found to be informative, positive, enlightening, helpful and business building.

About WIPP:
WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization, advocating on behalf of nearly one-million women-owned businesses representing 61 business organizations. WIPP provides timely economic policy information, identifies important trends and opportunities to its membership and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of women-owned businesses. Visit

About TargetGov:
TargetGov provides national support with expertise in federal government procurement related business development and marketing services including minority certification services, contract development (GSA Schedules, BPAs, IDIQs, GWACs, etc.), business development, proposal management and development, contract administration and expert federal contracting services. Gloria Berthold Larkin has been recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal and, and she is the author of “The Basic Guide to Government Contracting” and "The Veterans Business Guide: How to Build a Successful Government Contracting Business." Visit or call 866-579-1346 for more information.
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