In 2009, Dr. Patrecia Williams followed her dream and vision: to develop a community service organization dedicated to enriching lives and improving communities throughout the Greater Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan Area, and founded The Organization of Hope. At the OOH, Dr. Williams serves as Founder and Managing Director, and is responsible for the managing the organization’s board relations, corporate affairs, strategic planning and organizational governance /culture efforts.
Previously, Dr. Williams served as a government employee (GS15), employed at the Headquarters, Department of the Army where she is responsible for initiating, monitoring, and conducting major projects and studies of critical importance to Army decision-makers and mission. Throughout her tenure, she has also been responsible for ensuring that business transformation framework to include risk, performance, and change management and strategic communication for a variety of government agencies is implemented, as well as identifying and initiating new and innovative support and sustainment concepts, recommending business process improvements and identifying opportunities for business transformation initiatives.
Dr. Williams has over fifteen years of experience and broad expertise in managing projects in the Army, for non-profit, as well as in a consulting capacity. She is experienced in developing and executing enterprise quality system management, strategic planning, and knowledge management programs for large, complex businesses such as Home Depot, Washington Metropolitan (Metro) Transit Authority, UPS. As well, she has worked with small organizations such as Spirit of Faith Christian Centers, APP Consulting Group and numerous start-up companies, to help transform critical operations and processes by implementing “best practices” solutions using proven methodologies and principles. In addition, Dr. Williams has served 21 years with distinction as both a non-commissioned officer and an Army officer for the Medical, Finance, and Chemical Corps encompassing a variety of command and staff positions. She was commissioned as a distinguished military graduate as a Second Lieutenant, Chemical Corps, through the ROTC Programof the North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, and is currently assigned as a reservist serving as the Reserves Captains Career Course Director with Soldier Support Institute’s Financial Management School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Founded in 2009, The Organization of Hope (OOH) is a service organization dedicated to enriching lives and improving communities throughout the Greater Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan Area.
Our strategy is practical as well as dynamic. We believe in a hands-on approach, and offer highly-crafted, evidence-based programs and services to individuals (and animals) in need. OOH’s goal is to re-build communities by making them stronger and more vibrant, and to instill hope in all we serve!
OOH/Bridging Hope which is a 501(c)(3) was founded to enrich lives and improving communities. OOH's mission is to instill hope and make a difference in the lives of children, adults, elders, veterans, families, and animals as they navigate through life's interruptions and disruptions by providing a sustainable continuum of care services including emotional, educational, and behavioral support.
Our main office is located at 218 East Lexington Street, Suite 600/601, Baltimore, MD 21202 with satellite offices in Temple Hills, MD and 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Gallery H, Washington, DC.
A few of OOH Services include:
* Treatment Programs (Intensive Outpatient (IOP/OP/Residential
* Mobile Hygiene and Support Services (Showers, Laundry, Toilets,
and Resource Center),
* Homeless Sheltering & Transitional Housing Program, and
* Peer Support Specialist Training & Supervision, Workforce
Development & Employment Readiness Skills Training
Audience: Veterans, HIV, LGBTQ, Legal-Involved, and Domestic Violence Supportive Services, Peer Specialist, Entrepreneurs, Foster, Assisted Living, and Home Care recipients, and other strategic organizations.
VR Small, is the founder and chief executive officer for the Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center (VWEC), a national initiative launched in southern Dallas. VR testified for the original House Bill to make June 12, Women Veterans Day in Texas. This year, VR led the launched of the first annual statewide Women Veterans Day Pitch Competition highlighting the innovations and economic impact of current/potential women veteran entrepreneurs. VR serves on the Advisory Committee for TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs and is a fellow of SMU’s Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity—Inclusive Economy, Dallas Public Voices, the Bush Institute Stand-to-Veteran Leadership Program and is featured in Dallas Innovates: The Future 50 North Texans. VR is the SBA’s DFW District 2020 Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Yearand serves on the 30th Congressional District Veteran Advisory Committee.
In alignment with the VWEC’s mission, VR just completed phase one of the Moments That Matter Research Project exclusively focused on women veteran owned businesses in the DFW metroplex with the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank and has currently launched Moments that Matter phase two with SMU’s Hunt Institute, Global Development Lab to conduct a series of women veteran entrepreneur’s national focus groups.
Most importantly, VR is a Navy Veteran, proud stepdaughter, and sister to U.S. Army Retired Vietnam & Iraq Veterans, respectively. Living her personal slogan “Changing the way we see the world and do business,” VR is a motivational speakers, moderator, educator and dedicated advocate specifically for women veteran as well as women and small businesses in general—driving social and economic change across our nation.
Located in Dallas, Texas, the Veteran Women's Enterprise Center (VWEC) is a national initiative designed to help WVOBs scale for success.
Our vision is to position women veteran owned businesses (Active Duty, Reservist and/or military spouses) as our nation’s leading small business revenue generators and employers.
Our mission is to help women veteran owned businesses (WVOBs) scale for success, we establish strategic alliances, leverage public/private-sector opportunities, advocate for relevant research, services and funding, while simultaneously providing on-site the personal and professional resources they need to succeed.
Projected mission outcomes for our clients include, but are not limited to ensuring financial preparedness, certification, doubling of revenues, creating increased employment opportunities, expanding products/services, building viable social capital, and ensuring access to immediate financial resources.
Lisa Wolford is many things…a visionary entrepreneur, Marine Corps veteran, a fighter, an innovator, a dedicated patriot. Above all else, she is a leader.
Lisa founded Constellation West in 1997 after serving in the Marine Corps, earning a business degree, and starting a family. Since then, she has grown the company into a multi-million dollar IT engineering powerhouse, with nearly 200 employees across 20 states. Today, she is an award-winning business leader, who has been recognized not only for her business success, but also for her dedication to supporting our nation’s veterans.
She founded Constellation West, focusing primarily on delivering IT solutions for the commercial marketplace, including Ameritrade, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Commercial Federal, Computer Sciences Corporation, ConAgra, First Data Resources, HDR, Honeywell, InfoUSA, State of Nebraska, Pamida, Raytheon, The Interpublic Group, and Union Pacific Railroad.
The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized Lisa for her active support boosting opportunities for veterans in business and advocating for special consideration for veteran-owned small businesses in government.
Strongly committed to supporting America’s veterans, Lisa currently serves as a board member for At Ease, an organization that provides free or reduced fee PTSD treatment for veterans and their families, and is a past board member of Task Force for Veterans Entrepreneurship, and the National Association of Veteran Owned Businesses Association (NaVOBA). Lisa has been a guest speaker at many veteran-focused programs and events, like “Boots to Business”, a training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership. She actively mentors SDVOSB and WOSB firms.
Constellation West is an award-winning small business with the depth and breadth of Cyber and IT engineering experience to get the job done right-the first time and every time.
Since 1997, Constellation West has built a solid reputation for:
IT Engineering Excellence | Our internationally recognized IT engineering experts optimize your large-scale systems and most critical networks for maximum success in completing the mission.
Past Performance | For nearly two decades, our focus has been to do the right thing for our customers, which has earned us a proven record for customer satisfaction.
Top Talent | We deliver superior work performed by outstanding professionals with a strong sense of integrity and commitment to excellence.
Mission Impact | As a trusted advisor, we help our customers shape enterprise-level solutions that drive immediate results and future success for mission-critical systems.
Joye Sistrunk is the Founder and Principal of Premier Group Services Inc., a Certified Public Accounting and Management Consulting firm founded in 2005 and located in Lanham, Maryland. Through Premier Group Services, Joye provides auditing, accounting and financial management services to Government Agencies Government contractors and professional services firms.
Joye's passion for serving others and learning led to her impressive resume, including time served in the United States Air Force Reserves, an Accounting degree from Loyola College of Maryland and a Master’s in International Business from the University of Baltimore. Joye and her firm has provided excellent financial services to clients for over 15 years and they have earned a reputation as a thought leaders in the auditing accounting arenas, with efficient and practical solutions which frees valuable resources to allow clients to focus on the mission critical items.
Premier Group Services, Inc. is a full service Certified Public Accounting & Management Consulting Firm located in Lanham, MD. We provide business consulting, auditing, accounting for government contracts, taxation and management consulting services to a variety of clients in the private and public sectors. Premier Group Services offers experience, leadership, integrity and a commitment to excellence. Collectively, the PGSI team has over 40 years of accounting and tax experience.
At Premier Group Services, Inc. we understand our core values and your business. The values of Premier Group are reflected in our motto “Accounting for YOUR Success”. Our values are built on the concept of customer services, innovation, teamwork and experience. We do not propose to be everything to everyone. We strive to understand our clients’ business and needs, which is why we recruit candidates who have the best combination of experience, and skill. Our senior management fosters these values through a cooperative management style reinforced through project management leadership. At Premier Group we are committed to developing relationships that bring a strong value proposition to all of our clients.
TSC Enterprise knows what your business needs to run smoothly. We're experts at accounting, auditing, and tax. We know what it takes to handle the books. You can be sure you're getting the results you need.
We are problem solvers. We focus on your problems and offer solutions. We offer our perspective on each engagement based on our vast array of real world government and industry experience.
We grow with your business. As your business grows, your accounting needs evolve as well. We are on top of the changes in your needs, and will proactively guide you through the growth process.
Amy McDougal is Founder and President of CLEAResources, LLC. Her professional passion is helping organizations do right by their shareholders, employees, clients, customers, and communities by mitigating business risks associated with ethics and compliance failures.
Ms. McDougal is a Founding Director and Corporate Secretary for the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors. She is an attorney certified by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics as a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). After graduating from Johns Hopkins University and Vanderbilt School of Law, she served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and an Air Force Judge Advocate General, attaining the rank of Major. In her civilian career, she has served as in-house Associate General Counsel and General Counsel for mid-sized and small government contractors, respectively.
In 2013, Ms. McDougal established her company, CLEAResources, LLC, a Woman-Owned and Veteran-Owned small business. “CLEAR” stands for “compliance, legal, ethics, and risk.” She assists organizations with development of the compliance and ethics infrastructure required by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and other ethics and compliance statutory frameworks. Ms. McDougal has developed, implemented, overseen, and managed all aspects of compliance and ethics programs including assessing programs and risk, surveying culture, implementing policies, training employees, developing organizational values as are frequently the cornerstones of codes of conduct, and establishing monitoring and investigative protocols to maximize value and effectiveness in how organizations foster ethics and compliance as central to their missions. Her team functions as out-sourced Chief Ethics and Compliance Officers for several companies.
Ms. McDougal is in demand internationally as a speaker and panelist on compliance and ethics related topics. She is also an award-winning author on compliance and ethics issues and was honored to be included as a member of the 2013 class of “Influential Women of Virginia.” Ms. McDougal was also selected by the Virginia Speaker of the House of Delegates to serve on the Virginia Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council established in response to the indictment and conviction of Virginia’s former governor, though the council was legislatively altered to exclude non-legislative citizen members.
An independent provider of ethical business and compliance services, CLEAResources specializes in ethical leadership and business compliance consultancy.
CLEAResources provides clear direction to corporate leadership to design, develop, and grow effective, high-performing corporate compliance and ethics programs. When you need a program from scratch or surge capability to pursue business opportunities, our team provides the solutions and experience your leadership needs.
Our ethics and compliance professionals address your needs at highly competitive rates. We leverage compliance and ethics procedures you already have in place and recommend specific actions to strengthen your program. Services include:
July 20, 2020
Washington, DC — Women Veterans Business Coalition (WVBC) announces its launch today to boost the voice of women veteran businesses on Capitol Hill and federal agencies. The Coalition seeks to provide input from women who have served the nation and are building businesses. We will address the concerns of these business owners who seek to increase their access to federal and commercial contracts and advocate for better healthcare for women veterans. Currently two million women veterans live in the United States and comprise nearly 20% of serving military personnel and 10% of the veteran population. By 2040, the women veteran population is projected to grow to 18%. As the number of women serving in the military has increased, so has the number of women veterans who start businesses. As of 2012, 400,000 veteran women-owned businesses accounted for 3.9% of all women-owned firms in the U.S., contributing $17.9 billion in receipts.
The coalition is managed by longtime small business advocate Ann Sullivan, President of Madison Services Group, Inc. and chaired by Laurie Sayles, President of Civility Management Solutions, a firm certified as an 8(a), service-disabled veteran-owned and woman-owned business offering professional services to the federal, state, local and commercial sectors.
“It is with great anticipation that we launch this coalition to provide a critical advocacy voice on behalf of women veterans who run businesses. Our unique perspective on business issues and resources available to women who have served this country should be included in policy decisions and this coalition will enable us to speak with one voice,” said Ms. Sayles. We invite women veteran entrepreneurs to become a part the coalition and look forward to working in a bipartisan fashion with elected officials who want to support these businesses.
Learn more about the WVBC here: https://womenvetbizcoalition.org