Recently in the Republican Small Business Leadership Team Category

Yesterday, Ann Blackburn and I had the opportunity to meet with 40 innovators and entrepreneurs at an hour and a half business roundtable with Carly Fiorina, candidate for the United States Senate from California. 

Among attendees was Saman Dias who is heading Entrepreneurs and Small Business for Carly. Saman is a dynamic young entrepreneur and friend who cares deeply about the state of our economy in California who I will be working with her to help Carly throughout 2010.

You can link to the roundtable with innovators and entrepreneurs here -

Among the discussion points was the President's stimulus package, the need to educate our children for 21st century jobs, access to capital for small businesses, and immigration policy. I found Carly to be engaging, energetic, charming, articulate, and a real problem solver. 

While Fiorina is perhaps best known as the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), what is not as well known is Carly worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school. A self-made woman, she started her business career as a secretary and went on to become the first, and to date, the only woman to lead a Fortune 20 company.  A year ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer and her story over the last year is one of a survivor - someone who understands from personal experience how health care works - and someone who wants to give back in a larger way to her country.

Last week, Carly addressed the need to have more women involved in the policy dialogue at a California Women Lead reception in Sacramento -

Carly has been a friend to Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) for many years - I remember her participating in the Presidential Power Team calls on behalf of John McCain. 

Carly has graciously agreed to join us again on February 12th at 11:30 AM EST (8:30 AM PST) to discuss issues WIPP cares about.  For your reference, her website can be found at Watch for information on how to register. 

Join Republican Small Business Team co-chairs Robin Otten, Nancy Zurbuchen and me for what promises to be an engaging discussion with one of our country's most successful business women.

Judy B. Lloyd
Co-Chair, Republican Small Business Team

Committee on Small Business Republicans Straight Talk new post to the WIPP Republican Small Business Leadership Team site.


Click the following link to view -


Please remember to log-in with your WIPP username and password to access the group page. If you are not yet a member of the WIPP Republican Small Business Leadership Team site, please request access to view valuable information and resources.

All WIPP dues-paying members are welcome to join the Republican Small Business Leadership Team's 2nd Meeting on December 15, 2009 at 4pm EST/ 1pm PST.

Please register for this meeting at and feel free to share with other WIPP Members.

Contact Stephanie McFee at with any questions.

By Judy B. Lloyd, Co-Chair
NOVEMBER 16, 2009

The first planning meeting for the Republican Small Business Leadership Team has occurred and I wanted to report in for those of you whose schedules did not allow you to make the call.

Based on the success of the Presidential Power Teams of 2008, WIPP asked New Mexico's Robin Otten to chair the team along with co-chairs Kansas City's Nancy Zurbuchen of Motional Media and myself, Judy Lloyd of Altamont Strategies in Pleasanton, California.

Now you might think of this as the "loyal opposition" but in reality, this team was formed to lend balance to our policies with the change in the Administration and Congress. We've come together in a positive way to affect change provide a Republican perspective to add our voice more fully to WIPP's Government Relations team.

The meeting opened with Chairwoman Robin Dozier Otten describing our mission of (1) Providing balance at Instant Impact Meetings; (2) Providing the Republican voice when needed with Republican Members of Congress; and (3) having a dialogue on how we can best position ourselves as the "go to" girls for policy discussions that impact women business owners within the Republican Party.

We were joined on our call by Ann Sullivan who runs WIPP's lobbying activities on our behalf in Washington, D.C. and WIPP's President Barbara Kasoff, who further outlined how we can help WIPP to better engage with Republican Members of Congress.

We are planning another call in coming weeks to discuss our survey results from earlier this year and discuss ideas on how we, as Republican WIPP members, can have a stronger grassroots voice on issues that are so important to us like health care, technology, regulation, access to capital, the economy and jobs.

I got some great ideas on how we can engage more businesswomen in California and across the country in the public policy discussion. We talked about having businesswomen like California Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman and California U.S. Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina participate with the Republican Small Business Leadership Team so we can engage them on public policy and learn trade secrets from them that will make our businesses stronger.

We look forward to working with out counterparts on the Democrat Small Business Leadership Team to find common ground on issues before the Congress on Capitol Hill. 




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