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Data Solutions & Technology Founder Speaks on Chicago's Urban Business Roundtable Radio Show

November 7, 2011

Deborah Scott Thomas Speaks with Alfred Edmond.

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas(LANHAM, Md.)— "Entrepreneurship has solidified my ‘Can Do’ attitude, I think of possibilities without any boundaries," said Deborah Scott Thomas, president and founder of Data Solutions & Technology, Incorporated during an interview with Chicago’s WVON AM 1690 on the Urban Business Roundtable show. Alfred Edmond Jr., president /editor-at-large of Black Enterprise, is the host of the show.  

Thomas shares her personal story about her strength of mind to become an entrepreneur, and her efforts to encourage entrepreneurship among faculty and students at historically black colleges and universities. She led the development of the first annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) National Conference at Alabama State University earlier this year which focused on how these institutions can support entrepreneurship and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines (STEM). The second annual HBCU Entrepreneurship Conference,, is March 5-7, 2012, at ASU in Montgomery, Ala.

WVON logoThe Urban Business Roundtable is a half hour weekly radio show and airs Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. with encore presentations on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Alfred EdmondAudiences can also listen online at

“We are delighted to have DST’s CEO Deborah Scott Thomas on our show to talk about her company and what she is doing to help uplift the African-American community,” stated UBR Host Alfred Edmond Jr.  “Her story will surely inform and inspire WVON listeners.”

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST) provides a full spectrum of professional services in Information Technology, Aviation Management, Logistics and Operations, Management Support, and Scientific and Technology Support. The company is ISO 9001:2015 certified and is CMMI-SVC Maturity Level 3 appraised. Please visit for more information.

DST provides support services to state and federal agencies as well as private industry clients by helping them to successfully manage, staff, develop, and operate their programs.  The company, which is veteran and woman-owned, is ISO 9001:2008 certified and CMMI-SVC Maturity Level 3 appraised.  More than 250 people work at DST in the United States and abroad.

Before opening Data Solutions & Technology in 1994, Thomas worked for a number of Fortune 100 companies and small businesses. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Alabama State University and a master's in public administration from Webster University. She is also a retired Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve and has received numerous awards including being named one of The Network Journal's 25 Influential Black Women in 2011; the Legacy of Leadership Award from Spelman College; the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc.; the Silhouette of Service Award from ASU’s College of Business Administration; and the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE) Bronze Eagle Award.

Host Alfred Edmond Jr. is senior vice president/editor-at-large of Black Enterprise. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all of the media platforms under the Black Enterprise brand. Edmond is also responsible for helping to set and enforce quality standards for the editorial content of the major franchises of Black Enterprise, including; Black Enterprise magazine; live networking events, such as the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo and the Women of Power Summit; and the Our World with Black Enterprise and Black Enterprise Business Report television shows.

Past profiles on the Urban Business Roundtable have included entrepreneur Russell Simmons, Radio-One media mogul Cathy Hughes, current director of the United States Office of Trade Representatives, Ambassador Ron Kirk, record executive Kevin Liles, and BET founder Bob Johnson.  Ameera Craigs is the executive producer of the Urban Business Roundtable.


Tammi L. Thomas, vice president for Strategic Management, DST
[email protected], 240-487-1479,

Ameera Craigs, executive producer, Urban Business Roundtable
[email protected], 773-853-4327,