Strong women leaders remember that the late Professor Maya Angelou once said that people may forget what you said to them but they will never forget how you treated them. For women in small business in America the road to success has not been easy. Many women small business owners can remember waiting in the lobby for hours to see a business prospect and being told to come back for an interview and finding the prospect gone. Angelou said, 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Small business leader Lourdes Martin-Rosa shared an experience with Examiner.com where she met with a group of businessmen and they asked her to speak with the man in charge. She politely told them she was the woman in charge. Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) teaches women how to deal with many situations in the small business world.
This week WIPP will be in Washington, D.C., and will be the center of a major event which will allow small business women to come together to share information and ideas on how to make their small business dreams a reality. Despite the media hype, the truth is that although women have made great strides toward equality in recent years, the vast majority of small business owners are still men. And America in 238 years of existence unlike Germany, Israel, and the Philippines has never had a woman president.
Thus, the need for women small business leaders to network and strategize is as important now as it was in 1914 when women marched for the right to vote. The WIPP event on July 23 and 24, 2014, is important because the event is planned, marshalled, and executed by women. Although there are many men, who offer support and encouragement to small business women a key component of the WIPP program is that the small businesses seeking contracts and support must be owned by women. This is not a case where men simply place a women’s name on a small business and call it women owned. The small business leaders at the WIPP conferences are owned by women.
Women Impacting Public Policy annual leadership conference opens tomorrow with business and policy leaders from around the country leading sessions on organizational leadership, the importance of building alliances and building power and visibility. The great Dorothy Height was on the stage with Dr. Martin Luther King when he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Yet, President Barack Obama said that she never promoted herself. Many women have worked behind the scenes like Dorothy Height to make America a great nation. WIPP is working to ensure that women are recognized for their contributions.
WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen including 75 business organizations. WIPP identifies important trends and opportunities and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of women-owned businesses. For more information on the event this week go to: www.WIPP.org.
Examiner.com has covered the WIPP events for the past five years. Stay tuned for updates and information on the program on this page.