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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

WTS Baltimore Presents a Discussion on Risk & Starting a Business

08:30 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Sabra, Wang & Associates, Inc.
7055 Samuel Morse Drive, Suite 1
Columbia, MD , 21046

Please join the members of the WTS Baltimore Chapter at Sabra, Wang & Associates for a breakfast event featuring a panel of speakers discussing risk and starting a business.


Due to recessions, innovation and growth, business today is no longer business as usual. Risk-takers and self-motivators are starting valuable minority owned enterprises or carving out an important role in the profession as self-employed professionals. WTS has invited a group of women who are entrepreneurs and have a working knowledge of starting a business and being a minority owned business enterprise to facilitate a discussion on risk taking and the development of women taking the lead in the profession and starting their own companies.



Sabra, Wang & Associates, Inc. 

7055 Samuel Morse Drive, Suite 1

Columbia, MD  21046

*Registration and Coffee from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. 

Panel discussion will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.



Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

Students: $5

This event will include breakfast




Please visit http://www.wtsevents.org/chapter/baltimore/to register!

Registration will close on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. 


The panelists will include:



C_WellsChristine Wells: Chris completed a Bachelor's in Urban Geography at Frostburg State and a Master's in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University.  She earned AICP certification from the American Planning Association in 1991. Chris has more than 25 years of experience, having worked for 14 years as a County and State agency planner in Maryland and for the last 11 years as a planning consultant. She started her own firm, Crossroads Transportation in 2007 in order to assist clients in planning for a more integrated, multi-modal transportation system and with the analysis of related policies and programs. Chris served on the Board of WTS Baltimore Chapter for several years and is currently a member of the MD Chapter APA Board.



Richelle Thomas: In 2008, she assumed the role of Deputy Director of MDOT's Office of Minority Business Enterprise or OMBE.  With this role came the duties of providing overall office management and leadership to the OMBE team in the areas of certification for the MBE, DBE and ACDBE programs, development of the annual legislative agenda for the MBE program, as well as marketing and outreach to businesses, professional associations, and other stakeholders to promote the benefits of the MBE/DBE certification programs.    Ms. Thomas also served as Project Manager for the legislatively mandated 2011 Disparity Study which formed the basis for the reauthorization of the State's MBE Program during the 2012 Legislative Session. In March, 2012 Ms. Thomas was tapped by Secretary Swaim-Staley to become Director of the OMBE. 



N_WalkerNorine Walker: Ms. Walker has over 25 years of experience in transportation project planning, project development, project management, program management and administration, design and construction management, environmental analysis (NEPA) and permit documentation, and public involvement for public sector clients. Ms. Walker began her business in 2006 and currently has a contract with the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission as PM for a $40M bus maintenance, storage and operations facility in Manassas, VA. In addition she is on several teams for a new OTP3 initiative. Prior to working for URS, Ms. Walker was a Transportation Project Manager for RK&K Engineers. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and is a PE, registered in MD. 

For registration assistance please contact:

Caitlin Doolin

WTS Baltimore Program Chair



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