The MOMENTUM continues to build within the WBENC network as we approach the largest event of its kind – the 2023 National Conference! In this Conference feature article, meet the 4 WBE National Conference Co-Chairs that are part of our Co-Chairs Committee and leading the way in making the 2023 Conference the best yet, and creating increased opportunities and development for women-owned businesses. Introducing ActOne Group, Ampcus, CSS Building Services, and M.Davis!
ActOne Group’s mission is to become the business community’s global partner in providing forward-thinking talent and resource-management solutions. By leveraging the expertise of the various companies of the ActOne Group, their clients can access the powerful potential of today’s diverse global workforce.
Janice Bryant Howroyd, fondly known as JBH, is the first African American woman to found and build a multi-billion dollar company. ActOne Group, a $3.4 billion (USD) workforce solutions organization, operates in over 32 countries, engaging some of the world’s best technologies and systems to support organizations of all sizes and provide jobs and careers for millions of workers across the globe. She leads from a culture of humanity, discipline, and excellence instilled by her parents and uses her presence as a connector of humanity, saying, “Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally!”
Janice shared, “Serving as Co-Chair at WBENC 2023 is an easy decision because it’s the ‘only’ decision! Supporting women to grow businesses and ourselves while enabling customers to receive the best innovative, quality solutions available – Done!”
Ampcus is a global Business, Technology consulting and a staff augmentation firm headquartered in Chantilly VA 25 miles west of Washington DC, with 16 customer support offices in the US, global delivery centers, innovation labs and a workforce of over 2200 employees. Ampcus and Ampcus owned subsidiaries continue to bring positive impact in the lives of over 80 of the fortune 100/1000 companies, agencies and nonprofits. They provide innovative, cost-effective quality and sustainable solutions and services with focus on Intelligent Automation, Cybersecurity & Risk Management, Infrastructure Modernization, Testing and Staffing services.
Ann Ramakumaran is the Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc. Ann is a technology-savvy entrepreneur with more than 20 years of design, development and delivery of innovative and leading-edge Technology Solutions and Human Capital Management across the globe. Under her leadership, she has cultivated Ampcus and Ampcus group of companies into a fast-growing Consulting and Professional Services organization. For eleven consecutive years she has been recognized as a top Asian American owned business by USPAACC and for over twelve consecutive years has been honored as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned and Women Led Business in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization.
Ann stated, “Ampcus Group is thrilled to be this year’s Co-Chair for the WBENC National Conference. For more than 25 years, WBENC continues to bring positive impact by hosting educational sessions and networking opportunities with members of Corporate America, government agencies, non-profits, and WBEs.
We truly value, appreciate and respect WBENC and the WBENC Family. I encourage each of you to join in the celebration and take the opportunity to reconnect, expand your network, exchange ideas, and actively seek opportunities to work with each other. I look forward to meeting each one of you in Nashville, TN. #Momentum #Celebration.”
CSS Building Services is one of WBENC’s original certified women-owned companies. Over the years, CSS, staffed by experts, has grown into a best-in-class leader in janitorial and business services utilizing environmentally conscious and safe cleaning solutions. They are a Tier 1 provider to corporations, airports, and other business entities. Building Services they provide include janitorial cleaning, controlled environment cleaning, construction clean-up, flood, fire and mold remediation and restoration, and terrazzo flooring installation and restoration and other services.
CSS as a Tier 1 solution and a certified woman-owned business, provides value-added services for its clients and contributes to the economic health and well-being of the communities in which it operates.
Bernadette Milito is the CEO of CSS Building Services. Ms. Milito began her career in Janitorial services in the 1970’s, working diligently to learn all aspects of the business. When Bernadette began her business career, not many women were in janitorial services, as it was known as a traditionally male-dominated field. Through hard work, drive and determination, she has proven herself in the industry. Bernadette is a proud member of WBENC and has been certified since 2000. The company started with small commercial accounts and soon expanded to included large commercial accounts, pharmaceutical companies, industrial and municipal work. The latest venture has been airports, terrazzo flooring as well as remediation services. Bernadette has been able to obtain such accounts because of her application of rigid quality control standards and procedures. Customer satisfaction is her main goal.
Of CSS Building Service’s commitment to WBENC, WBEs and DE&I efforts, Bernadette shared, “As the CEO of CSS, one of the first WBENC-Certified WBEs, I understand the value and impact of what this vibrant organization can do. The WBENC National Conference is the largest event of its kind connecting women business owners with corporate executives. I never miss a WBENC National Conference because I have personally experienced meeting contacts there to help grow our business. I look forward to seeing you in Nashville.”
M. Davis is a 5th generation industrial construction company that is leading the way as a new breed of industrial provider for global corporations, regional leaders and government agencies.
With a focus on safety and quality workmanship, their complete construction, fabrication and maintenance capabilities produce customized, turnkey solutions for mechanical, electrical and control systems. Their comprehensive engineering and technology solutions ensure quality, enhance output and achieve efficiencies. M. Davis is headquartered in Delaware with additional manufacturing plants in the Mid-Atlantic region, that allow for global reach in fabrication and manufacturing.
After over 20 years of leadership positions with M. Davis & Sons, Inc., Peggy Del Fabbro assumed the role of CEO in 2008. She is the 5th generation of the Davis family to lead M. Davis, which is now in its 153rd year in business. Peggy works to distinguish the construction company in the marketplace through an unwavering commitment to safety and quality, and through a forward-thinking approach to sustainability and the future of construction.
In 2009 Peggy made the decision to pursue certification as a Woman Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) to set her company apart from other contractors. Peggy promotes diversity by participating in a wide variety of roles in support of WBENC, most recently as Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Forum for WBENC. She has been recognized on the regional and national level as a leader in the women owned business community.
“At the 2022 National Conference in Atlanta, I was reminded of the value and the energy of our WBENC network. I knew that making the commitment to co-chair the 2023 Conference would allow us the opportunity to not only benefit from, but contribute to, the power of this event on a larger scale. The WBENC National Conference is a tremendous opportunity to connect and learn from one of the most engaging and diverse groups you can find.”
The WBENC National Conference is the largest conference of its kind for women-owned businesses and join thousands of members of our network in person!
Join us in Nashville, TN, for the 2023 WBENC National Conference taking place March 20-23, 2023, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. WBENC, along with our 2023 National Conference Co-Chairs, Bristol Myers Squibb, DuPont, EY, Nissan Group of the Americas, The ActOne Group, Ampcus Inc., CSS Building Services, and M. Davis & Sons, Inc. look forward to connecting again in person, building momentum, identifying innovative best practices, learning industry trends and celebrating accomplishments by our WBEs and Corporate Members that further a diverse supply chain and grow business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.