New Mexico WIPP Goes To Washington
Five NAWBO members attended the annual WIPP meeting in Washington, DC.
From left, Linda Majors, Gail Darling, Barbara Kline Hammond, Jackie Baca, Joan Schlueter, and Edna Lopez. Also attending but not pictured, Patricia Chavez.
Seven women business owners from New Mexico, members of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), recently met with New Mexico’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. to discuss such topics as health care, increasing energy costs, procurement and access to capital. The group met with Senator Jeff Bingaman, Senator Pete Domenici, Congresswoman Heather Wilson and the staff of Congressman Tom Udall. The women were attending WIPP’s national annual meeting entitled Leadership and Legacy, held September 27-30, 2005.
The women included Joan Schlueter of On Site Hiring Consultants, Jacqueline Baca of Bueno Foods, Edna Lopez of COMPA Industries, Gail Darling of Gail Darling Staffing, Linda Majors of TMC, Patricia Chavez, PLC Enterprises/Dir. Of Special Projects for NM Sec. of State, and Barbara Kline Hammond of Serenity Gardens. “These women are all powerful business owners who came together to help shape public policy for women in business,” said Joan Schlueter, one of WIPP’s national founding partners and national membership chair. “They are part of a collective voice who make a great impact on Capitol Hill,” she added.
Women Impacting Public Policy is the nation’s largest, bi-partisan public policy group that advocates on behalf of women in business to strengthen their influence in the legislative process, create economic opportunities, and build alliances with other small business organizations. Women Impacting Public Policy began four years ago with a teleconference call between eight women. The organization now has 530,000 members nationwide. Attendees Jackie Baca, Edna Lopez, Gail Darling and Linda Majors are among ten of New Mexico’s national partners of WIPP. New Mexico’s own NAWBO and Women in Communications are two of WIPP’s thirty-three coalition partners.
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Press release written by Ana Baca, Bueno Foods.