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Press Release_03/23/2012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2012


Colleen White Appears Before the U.S. Senate Steering Committee on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Kansas City, MO - - - Colleen White, president of Strategic Workplace Solutions, Inc., was one of thirteen women invited by the U.S. Democratic Senate Steering and Outreach Committee to participate this week in a hearing on Women’s Economic Empowerment in Washington D.C.  She was selected as a participant by Senator Claire McCaskill due to her diverse background in labor, government, small business and non-traditional work.  The hearing’s goal was to create a dialogue between these women and the Committee to address issues of concern to women owned businesses, women in the workforce (especially on the need for higher wages), and women in non-traditional occupations.  White’s input, along with her submitted written testimony, will be used to help establish policy and legislative agendas for the Senate.  White also addressed how payment of Davis Bacon wage rates on federal construction projects provides living wages for women.  She noted the need to address disparities in how Davis Bacon enforcement is handled on these types of projects compared to other areas of federal compliance.

“I am privileged to be one of the few women selected to represent business and working women and their issues.” White stated.  “I appreciated the opportunity to present our concerns and suggested solutions to our elected officials, who were obviously interested in what we thought.”  

White participated in the hearing on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.  On Thursday, she was provided the opportunity to elaborate on her comments and concerns with the Senators.

White is president and founder of Strategic Workplace Solutions, Inc., a labor law compliance risk management company.  She assists construction contractors with being proactive and preventive in the compliance field, thus avoiding expensive fines and court actions.  

In the last 6 months, White received the National “Crystal Vision Award” from the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), the Missouri Governor’s “Award of Distinction”, the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business Award”, and the Kansas City Business magazine’s “Influential Woman Award”, all for her efforts to improve the climate for women in business and the construction industry.  

For hearing photo, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmc/sets/72157629282096334/detail/

Colleen White seated on right: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmc/7003729411/in/set-72157629282096334

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