By Lisa Firestone, President and CEO of Managed Care Advisors and Board Chair of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
I am what you might call an Accidental Entrepreneur. I did not aspire to be a business owner either growing up or early in my career, but here I am a successful business owner, community leader and advocate for woman in business. This unexpected path has provided me with the opportunity for not only immense personal growth, but also the ability to impact the economy through job creation, the health and productivity of organizations and individuals by reducing unnecessary vocational and medical disability, and to support the growth in opportunities available to women business owners/entrepreneurs.
In 2009, I joined Women Impacting Public Policy in an effort to learn as much as possible about government contracting in support of my growing business. This mission was accomplished and so much more. I have always been intrigued with organizations that have a vision, passion, and strong desire to make a positive impact; as an advocacy organization Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) has not only influenced significant positive impact for woman in business but also empowers its members to get involved, stay involved and become agents for change. Through WIPP I had the privilege of testifying in front of congress in 2010, on the impact that sequestration was having on small business contractors.
WIPP is a nonpartisan organization which educates and advocates on behalf of women-owned businesses. Since its inception in June of 2001, WIPP has reviewed, provided input, and taken specific positions on many economic issues and policies which affect the bottom line of our membership. Recently, WIPPs work on the hill culminated in the first-time achievement of a 5% federal contracting goal for Women Owned Small Businesses, the highest percentage since the goal was set more than twenty years ago with the passage of Sole Source Authority for WOSB (Press Release and video included here.)
I am so proud to be able to say that my company, Managed Care Advisors (MCA), is very much the success story that WIPP champions for. A woman owned small business. Since entering the government contracting space in 2005, we have experienced revenue growth of 30-40% per year, and our staff has grown by 500%. The more success we have, the deeper my passion to help others.
Now serving as the Board Chair for WIPP, I am proudly carrying our message forward. Our flagship program this election season, WeDecide2016, is bringing our call to action to the 10 Million Woman Business Owners in the United States as we develop the Women’s Business Platform, that will highlight the policy priorities for our powerful constituency. History has proven, when women in business engage in the political process with a positive message, there is no stopping us. Although Each One of Us Can Make a Difference, Together We Make Change.
We represent the United State of Women.