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Life & Work with Sandra Eberhard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandra Eberhard. 

Hi Sandra, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I was born in Harlem, NY, and am a true New Yorker, heart and soul. Family and friends are at my core and drive me every day. I graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a BA and was licensed as a Mathematics teacher and Project Manager. It is a great joy to impart knowledge and create. Throughout my 30-year career in corporate America, my work and volunteering instilled in me the importance of the local economy and diversity to the national and local supply chain. I am strong advocate for women’s issues and economic empowerment. As a member, then as President, of the New York Women’s Agenda, a coalition of women’s organizations, I supported the work to improve the lives of women and their families. It is through my work with the New York Women’s Agenda that I was introduced to the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, now WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Inc., a regional affiliate of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and third-party certification organization. During the last 10 years, my work as Executive Director has supported women business enterprises that generate more than $7.1 billion dollars in revenue and employ more than 45,000 workers in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. territory. Earlier this year, I was named President & CEO of WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Inc. The last two years have brought about a lot of transition and change but it has renewed my purpose to support the women in our local territory and provide a positive impact on the economy. As an organization, our focus is to fuel the local economy through the empowerment of our women business owners. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Affecting change is never a smooth road. The impact of women businesses owners on the economy has been underreported over the years. The struggles over the years have been bringing the challenges and issues of women and women business owners to the forefront of the decision-makers. We have made some headway but there is always more to be done. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a Regional Partner Organization (RPO) of WBENC, WBEC Greater DMV certifies more than 2500 businesses each year as 51% woman-owned, operated, managed, and independently run. As part of our network, women business owners get access to diverse corporate support and their supplier diversity programs. As a valued and respected alliance partner, we provide professionally executed programs to help these business owners, grow and scale their businesses. To support our focus of fueling the local economy, we are actively working with Corporate Partners in our territory to be aligned with their goals to meet the challenges of equity for all ethnicities in the workplace and the community. In addition to our Corporate Partners, we work with Alliance Partners to provide tools, resources, information, and connections to our women business owners in the areas of financial capital, social capital, local policy, and infrastructure. All our work is done through a cultural lens to decrease the wealth gap through the empowerment of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting youth to opportunities. As an organization, we have embraced the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) as our organization model to set the foundation of the impact that we would like to make. Our core values, shared by all, provides employees an environment in which they love to work, with team members that they trust and are accountable. Our employees are encouraged to be passionate and innovative as they work together to meet our goals and focus while being mindful and aware of the overall health of each other, all with the right compensation for their contributions. 

What’s next?
This year, we set a 10-year goal to support 50% of the WBENC certification-eligible women business owners in our territory while being so aligned with our Corporate Partners that 50% of their spend is with these women business owners. This is a huge goal and will require our organization to find new and innovative ways to not only make these businesses visible but to help them grow to increase their capabilities to support the local economy. This promises to be an exciting journey and I wholeheartedly look forward to seeing the impact on the local economy and the national supply chain moving forward. 

Pricing:

  • The processing fee for certification applications is based on annual gross revenue as reported on Federal Taxes and is divided into five (5) tiers. Revenue Category Under $1 million: $350 $1M < $5M: $500 $5M < $10M: $750 $10M < $50M: $1,000 $50M+: $1,250

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WBEC Metro NY
WBEC Greater DMV Inc.

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