Women’s Business Advocacy: It’s Policy…Not Politics, What Every Woman Business Owner Should Know

Women’s Business Advocacy: It’s Policy…Not Politics, What Every Woman Business Owner Should Know

Thursday, June 27
12:20 PM - 1 PM

Presented by WIPP

In today’s political environment, it is critical for business owners to understand the policies that can affect their bottom line. In this session, you will hear from policy experts as they provide invaluable information on Capitol Hill’s hottest topics like WOSB program changes, procurement, tax code, the economy, infrastructure, global markets and workforce development. Join this dynamic session by learning how to let your voice be heard and staying in the know!

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


As President and CEO of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Candace Waterman leads the nation’s largest public policy organization for women and minority entrepreneurs. Waterman is a nationally recognized and respected business thought leader whose 30-year industry expertise spans multiple disciplines, including but not limited to domestic and international business certification; diversity and inclusion; procurement; mindfulness leadership; and multigenerational talent management.

Prior to leading WIPP, Waterman served as 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.

Ann Sullivan, President and Founder, Madison Services Group


Ann Sullivan is the President and Founder of Madison Services Group, a woman-owned company that provides government relations and federal business development services. She brings many years of government relations experience in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, serving in key advisory roles. Ms. Sullivan works with the United States Congress and the Administration to garner national attention for the small business community.

Her expertise includes business development programs, government procurement, healthcare, export development, and tax issues affecting small businesses.   

Elizabeth Sullivan, Vice President of Government Relations, Madison Services Group


Elizabeth Sullivan is a Vice President of Government Relations at Madison Services Group focusing on federal procurement, small business and education policy. Her expertise in government contracting includes shaping federal acquisition policy on Capitol Hill and analyzing federal procurement data to position companies to win federal contracts. She is vice-chair of the Mistaken Identity Foundation and a member of the DC Teach for America Alumni Board. Elizabeth is a graduate of James Madison University, and holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to Joining Madison Services Group, Elizabeth was a Teach for America corps member in Chicago, IL. 

Jennifer Mangone, Legislative Counsel, Madison Services Group


Jennifer Mangone is Legislative Counsel at MSGI focusing on tax, lending, and healthcare policy, in addition to appropriations and regulatory issues. Jennifer earned her J.D. from Charleston School of Law in Charleston, SC, where she served as a teaching assistant for the Department of Legal Research and Writing, and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University. Prior to joining Madison Services Group, Jennifer served as the Government Affairs Manager for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) and as a Congressional Intern for Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN). She is President of the Charleston Law D.C. Alumni Chapter.