Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), has appointed two new members to the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), including NAWBO’s CEO Jen Earle. Jen and Rose Wang, serial entrepreneur and Women Impacting Public Policy Representative, will each serve a three-year appointment to the council, which advises the President, Members of Congress and the SBA on important issues that impact women business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs.
In making the announcement, SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet said: “I want to welcome Jen and Rose to the NWBC. The addition of these dynamic women business leaders will add fresh perspectives and credible voices to the NWBC as it continues its work advancing policies that are vital to our nation’s economy and small business community. This work continues to be integral to our ongoing efforts to scale up SBA support for America’s 9.8 million women business owners.”
“We are so excited that both these incredible, talented and successful women are joining the Council as representatives of their respective organizations,” said Carla Harris, presidentially appointed chair of the National Women’s Business Council. “We rely on the insight and experiences of the council members in women’s entrepreneurship to put forth sound and informed recommendations to the White House, Congress and U.S. Small Business Administration.”
Jen has worked with NAWBO since 2008. She brings more than a decade of multi-disciplinary, high-level experience in operational and project management development, support and execution for a range of boards, business groups, entrepreneurs, CEOs and executives. Within three years of earning a degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame, she became co-owner of a successful commercial music production company, Element Music and Sound Design. A decade later, Jen launched Savvy Ops, a consulting group that provides virtual operational support to non-profit organizations.
Rose founded Binary Group in 1996, an IT and data management firm. Earlier in her career, she was an engineering team member for Lighthouse Design, a Silicon Valley startup that was eventually acquired by Sun Microsystems. Later, Rose joined the venture-backed startup InLine Software as their chief architect, leading product development of enterprise software. She is a founder of iBizWomen.com, an online women’s business community. Rose joins the council as a representative of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). WIPP is a nationally recognized, nonpartisan voice for women entrepreneurs, advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen, including 78 business organizations.