WASHINGTON, DC – Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the nation’s largest bipartisan women’s business group, recently presented Tampa business leader Lauren Weiner, president and founder of Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, LLC, with the WIPP Member to Watch Award. The award recognizes a WIPP member who has taken a leadership role in elevating the voice of women business owners in the national public policy arena and was presented at WIPP’s annual leadership conference in Washington, DC.
“Lauren is one of thousands of women business owners who are leading our nation’s economic recovery,” said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff. “Her continual hard work, dedication and desire to be the change agent for identifying opportunities to grow women-owned businesses is an inspiration for all.”
Weiner has extensive experience in government management from her time in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. She managed policy development and performance metrics implementation for multiple federal agencies.
“I am honored to receive this award from WIPP, and proud to be associated with an organization that promotes the interests of women entrepreneurs and the US economy so effectively,” Weiner said in a statement. “This award is a tribute to the outstanding Wittenberg Weiner team. ”
Lauren is also one of the founders of In Gear Career, a non-profit organization serving professionally-driven military spouses. She currently serves as Chair of the Board for that organization.
When women business owners from around the country converged in Washington, D.C. earlier this month with stories of layoffs and work stoppages by government contractors due to the shutdown, they called for the government to ensure paying its small business contractors.
Kasoff stated, “To sustain the economy’s momentum, government must do its part by providing stability and certainty in its economic policies. Small business contractors are conducting the government’s business, but are left holding the bag with financial risks, meeting payroll and business obligations.”
Despite the shutdown, many WIPP leaders were able to visit their Member of Congress last week to discuss how the fiscal uncertainty surrounding federal budgets is hampering business growth. In addition, they stressed how tax reform should reflect simplicity and fairness and asked for assistance to reach the 5% goal for federal contracting with women-owned businesses.
“Women business owners contribute $1.2 trillion to the economy and employ 7.6 million. In light of this economic data, it is more important than ever that women lead with their voice in both policy and business,” said Kasoff.
WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization, advocating on behalf of woman business owners and 75 organizations. Together, we form a coalition, which reaches over 4.7 million women. 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, please visit www.wipp.org.