Supplier Diversity Is Thriving at WSSC

Women Business Owners’ Expo is Back

| News Release



LAUREL, MD – March 30, 2016:  Calling all game changers!  After a two-year hiatus WSSC hosts the 6th Annual Women Business Owners’ Expo (Expo), R U A Game Changer?, on March 31st boasting close to 400 attendees. The Expo is a key component of WSSC supplier diversity efforts, led by its Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE) Office.

“The WSSC Supplier Diversity program is committed to moving local and diverse companies from surviving to thriving by hosting events like the 6th Annual Women Business Owners’ Expo,” says SLMBE Director Towanda Livingston. “A goal of the Expo is to grow local businesses.”

The event is scheduled from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at WSSC headquarters in Laurel, Maryland and features workshops and an exhibit hall. Its purpose is to provide women business owners with an opportunity to learn about local supplier diversity programs and to highlight women business owners in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Immediately following the Expo is a special presentation by author and motivational speaker, Dr. Hattie N. Washington.

“I am so excited for WSSC to bring back this Signature Event for the game changers in our service district,” explains Carla A. Reid WSSC’s first female General Manager and CEO. “The Expo is the exclamation point to our Women’s History Month activities as well as an integral part of our supplier development resources.”

Featured Expo Speakers include:

  • Carla A. Reid, WSSC GM/CEO
  • Mary L. Windham, President and Co-founder, Occasions, Inc.
  • Darnyelle Jervey, CEO, Incredible One Enterprises
  • Melanie Hartwig-Davis, Principal and Owner, HD Squared Architects, LLC
  • Josie Thompson, Sole Proprietor, Josie Designs
  • Ambassador Dr. Margaret Dureke, Founder and President, WETATi
  • Cheryl Wood, CEO/Owner, Cheryl Empowers
  • Towanda Livingston, Director, SLMBE Office

Event exhibitors include many long-time WSSC partners for supplier diversity such as Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber Commission, Women Business Owners of Prince George’s County, Women Business Owners of Montgomery County, Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber and Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA). WSSC will also exhibit to highlight its contracting opportunities in the following areas: Goods and Services, Professional Services, Construction and Architecture and Engineering.

For a full listing of exhibitors, workshops and the agenda, visit

WSSC has upcoming supplier diversity events on its calendar. On April 15, WSSC will host its popular How to Do Business with WSSC event; registration opens on April 1. Additionally, ongoing WSSC Disparity Study will provide metrics for evaluating procurement practices and the degree of success in reaching groups such as women-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses. Results are expected later this year.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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