It often begins with a vision and a dream. Often times, small business executives have a strong desire to share their knowledge and expertise with others. So they set out with a vision of how they can positively impact a particular industry sector by sharing their knowledge and skills.
During an interview with Ms. Raj Williams, CEO of Green Sensitive Design (GSD), I came to understand that becoming a small business owner began with a vision and a dream.
Over the years I have witnessed Raj’s passion as she navigated the State of Maryland, offering environmental management consulting services. I spoke with her because I wanted to better understand her passion, vision and dreams for her small business.
How did you become interested in the area of Environmental Management?
Raj is an environmental professional that is led by “Doing the Right Thing” and it is her belief that the right thing is to consider the community, economy and environment. While doing the right thing was always a strong interest, the interest in environmental management began with her thesis while a Masters of City and Regional Planning student at Clemson University. As a student, Raj became aware of the human interaction with our natural environment. She gained an appreciation of the complexity and impact of built environment and interactions with our physical environment.
Equip with the ability to create a balance between the build and natural environment, she has for over 20 years served as a leader who has created solutions for challenges related to community growth and the every increasing requirements of our society. Raj comes to the table with her portfolio filled with Sustainability tools in social planning, policy, building practices, economy, architecture, engineering, and passion.
Tell me about your vision for Green Sensitive Design.
Raj is the President and CEO of Green Sensitive Design located in the State of Maryland, where she offers Environmental and Sustainability Planning services as a consultant. Through GSD, she strives to assist the business community with lessening the perceived complication associated with environmental responsibility linked to land-use and infrastructure building. Raj sees GSD as the solution for all of us realizing the balance between our natural and built environment in a cost effective and beneficial manner.
In addition Raj will develop GSD as the United Nations in small business community, creating a safe healthy workplace for diverse professionals to join her team of sustainability-solution providers.
What do you seek to change within the Environmental Management sector?
As a women owned small business, Raj spends a good amount of time developing her business model and identifying ways she can offer strong infrastructure type solutions that will lessen the impacts on our natural environment. She travels the State of Maryland understanding the strategic plans of our leaders and offering GSD’s Sustainability solutions as a compliment to planning, programming, and execution efforts for all levels of the government. As Raj travels she strives to take a seat at the table with the goal of serving as a change agent, offering environmental management and sustainability solutions to the entire community. She wants a fair opportunity to become a successful small business that is able to contribute to a healthy economy.
What one “Environmental Management Readiness” message do you want to share with potential clients?
Raj wants her future clients to know that she is ready to give her all in creating planning solutions for them. She invites members of the construction, community planning, and infrastructure design industries to contact her and she will come with her environmental management portfolio to evaluate environmental regulatory requirements and make it work the right way - the sustainable way.
Raj sends as special “shout-out” to women entrepreneurs, encourages them to carry on with tenacity and the willingness to take a chance in the business world.