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Guest speakers - Veteran Women Government Contracting Symposiumt

Jill Munoz, Laurie Sayles-Artis, Dr. Carolyn Cuff, A. Michelle Gardner-Ince, Dana Hubbard, Joe Wynn

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Keynote Presenter - Laurie Sayles-Artis


About Laurie Sayles-Artis


Laurie Sayles Artis, President, and CEO of Civility Management Solutions is a native of Chicago, IL. Laurie modeled professionally during her High School years and went on to join the United States Marine Corps (USMC) serving ten years. She earned the rank of a Staff Sergeant (E6) before ending her military career.

Civility Management Solutions is a woman, minority, service-disabled veteran owned small business. The name “Civility” was chosen because of Laurie’s heartfelt concerns of today’s work environment missing “discipline, respect, responsibility and the practice of restraint.”

As a contractor within the Federal Government, she revealed her consulting expertise in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), logistics, event planning, human resources, and program/project management. Her Subject Matter Expert (SME) knowledge landed her a position in a corporate office of a Woman Owned Small Business where she managed upwards of 120 staff nationally, 10 contracts within the government and private sector amounting up to $11.5 million.

Laurie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a minor in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She also received a Business Project Management Certification from UMUC and is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Women Marines Association (WMA), National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), and the National Marine Corps Business Network (NMCBN) to name a few.


Presenter - Director A. Michelle Gardner-Ince


Center for Verification Evaluation/ Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)


A. Michelle Gardner-Ince serves as the Director, Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), a directorate under the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

She assumed this position in December 2011 and is responsible for verification of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Veteran Owned Small Businesses to compete for VA contracting opportunities under the Veteran’s First set-aside acquisition program.

A. Michelle Gardner-Ince assignment to this position followed a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where she retired at the rank of Colonel. She graduated the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) via a scholarship at Tuskegee Institute, and began her military career in 1982 when she was commissioned by her father, Army Colonel Arthur R. Gardner. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design and Business from Tuskegee, and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University.

Panelist- Roderick Johnson


SBA Loan Officer

With an MS in Financial Management and a BS in Business Administration, Roderick work with a team of specialists to provide exceptional products and services for not-for-profit organizations, government contractors and real estate developers and investors.

He has a strong community service background combined with sales, sales management, financial analysis, underwriting, business development, portfolio management, pricing, proposal, presentation and negotiation skills for companies doing business domestically and internationally.


Panelist - Director Dana Hubbard


Director - Prince George's County Vet Center


Dana Hubbard is the Director of the Prince Georges County Vet Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker for the state of Maryland and District of Columbia. She received her Bachelors in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Ms. Hubbard decided to continue her education and received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. 

Dana Hubbard served honorably in the United States Airforce. As a Captain in the Air Force, Ms. Hubbard was the Mental Health Flight Commander for Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. She led a clinical team of 22 professionals and served as the Behavioral Health Consultant for base commanders. While in the Air Force, 

Ms. Hubbard was also the Family Advocacy Officer and Alcohol and Drug Program Coordinator.

As a Clinical Social Worker, Dana Hubbard specializes in Crisis Management, Bereavement, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Behavioral Health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and most importantly military mental health/readjustment issues.

Dana Hubbard is currently enrolled in a Doctoral program were she is fostering her skills in leadership and healthcare.

Host/Moderator - Dr. Carolyn Cuff


President - Veteran Women Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Carolyn Cuff served on Active Duty in the U.S. Army and is the President and CEO of High TechMinds Multimedia, a 7,000 Sq. Ft. full service business Empowerment Loft. She is also the President of the Veteran Women Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Both entities provide small businesses with corporate rental space, business startup help, management, marketing, digital media and federal contracting certification.

Dr. Cuff was selected as a Fellow for Organizing for Action (OFA) the largest grassroots organization in the world formed by former President Barack Obama. There she became the Chapter Lead for Prince George’s County and the Digital Lead for Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Cuff is a graduate of the University of Maryland UC with an MBA in Acquisition and Supply Chain Management and a Masters’ in Marketing Management.  She also graduated with a master level certificate in Intellectual Property, Digitization, and Digital Media. She obtained her Doctorate from Breakthrough Bible College.


Her company, High TechMinds was recently nominated as a finalist for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

Closing Remarks - Joe Wynn


Joe Wynn - Founder VETS-Group

In 2004, Joe founded the VETS Group, a non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurial education, federal procurement training, employment assistance and other supportive services primarily for disabled veterans.

Over the past few years, Joe has provided testimony to Congress and participated in conferences for federal, state, and local governments in an effort to heighten the level of awareness regarding the needs of veterans.

Through the VETS Group, Joe is helping to develop an initiative to increase the number of procurement opportunities for veteran and service-disabled veteran owned businesses by identifying procurement opportunities in the private-sector marketplace. Partnerships are being formed with large corporate enterprises to offer veterans employment opportunities, business education, mentoring, technical assistance, growth capital, and access to international markets.

Joe attended the Universities of DC and Howard. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, a Master’s degree in Business, and two years toward a doctorate in Organizational Communications. He later served as an instructor and the Director of Education at the PTC Career Institute, a business school in Washington, D.C.



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