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NWBC continues commitment to advocating for women business owners; appoints 3 new members to the council


The National Women’s Business Council has just appointed three new women to the esteemed and diverse group of Council Members – Rosana Privitera Biondo, Pamela Prince-Eason and Anne D. Shybunko-Moore. “I am honored to welcome these women to the Council,” said sitting NWBC Chair Carla Harris, “each one of them has an extensive track record of not just successful business leadership, but also a commitment to the advancement of women in business.”
 
Pamela Prince-Eason is the President and CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She assumed the role in 2011 after holding the position of Vice President of Worldwide Procurement for Pfizer Inc. Prince-Eason’s dedication to women’s business leadership is illustrated in her many professional and personal roles advancing women’s excellence and opportunity. She serves on the advisory committees of several corporations, including the Ernst & Young Winning Women program, the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Walmart’s Women Owned Business Advisory Council, Shell Diversity & Inclusion Collaboration Partners, MGM Resorts International Diversity Advisory Board, as well as the Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 initiative. She believes that the corporate leaders involved in the WBENC have established many best practices of inclusion of WBEs in the supply chain and it is her hope through the council she can share that wisdom with the public sector and assist the federal government in achieving their women’s small business goals.
 
Anne D. Shybunko-Moore is President and Owner of GSE Dynamics Inc., a defense manufacturer founded in 1971 and located on Long Island, NY. GSE specializes in providing complex structural assemblies direct to the United States Air Force, Navy and Army, as well as prime to Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Sikorsky. Anne joined GSE in 2001, and has been strategically growing the company and expanding its capabilities. In 2005, GSE negotiated a deal with General Dynamics enabling them to establish another local division in New York, GSE Composites Inc., with a specialty in fiberglass and composite products to manufacture parts specifically for the US Navy submarines. GSE then expanded further by establishing a composite aircraft manufacturing company in Georgia, GSE Southern Composites, and in August 2013 moved that company back to New York to consolidate GSE Composites into a new building with upgraded composites capabilities and equipment. As a leader in defense manufacturing she has become an advocate for young ladies entering into the field and being exposed to STEM opportunities. She hopes that through NWBC she will have the opportunity to advocate for women in workforce training, government procurement policies and national manufacturing initiatives.
 
Rosana Privitera Biondo is a founding employee of Mark One Electric Co., Inc., a specialty electrical contracting firm. In 1994, after 20 years with the company as an employee and as the Secretary/Treasurer, she became the President and an owner of Mark One Electric Co, Inc. Rosana currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the company with all eight departments reporting directly to her. Under her leadership and with the support of her tremendous staff, Mark One Electric has grown into one of Kansas City’s top ten Electrical Contractors. A vocal advocate and leader - Rosana has helped to improve the business climate of women and minorities in the Kansas City area. Rosana’s primary focus is to continue to build Mark One’s successes to ensure that it will be here for the next generation. In her term with the council she would like to see the government meet their goal of 5% of contracts going to women’s small business and ultimately raise that to 10%. Additionally – she would like to see a program established to support mid-level companies (not just small or large).
 
The highly coveted spots on the Council are congressionally appointed. The NWBC advises the White House, Congress and the SBA on issues of women and entrepreneurship. While the issue of women and their access to capital and markets gains momentum, women still face significant barriers when trying to start and grow businesses. NWBC Executive Director, Amanda Brown, is optimistic – “This is a very exciting time for the Council. We are thrilled to welcome such successful business women. Rosana, Anne, and Pam will bring great thought leadership and perspective to our research and advocacy efforts. We have our work cut out for us; but I am very confident in the recommendations and impacts on policy we can have in the next year.”