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DST Founder Among 50 Women of Power in Business

April 9, 2012

Awards Luncheon Theme: Celebrating Global Leadership & Excellence

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST) Founder and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas(LANHAM, Md.)—MEA Magazine, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency is hosting the U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Conference 2012 at the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During this event there will be a 1 to 3:00 p.m. luncheon recognizing 50 Women of Power in Business.   This event will honor 50 women leaders who are doing business nationally or internationally; women empowering communities around the world; and women shaping our economic future. Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST) President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas is among the 50 women who will be honored at the luncheon.

Fernando Galaviz, President and CEO, The Centech Group, Inc. ( is keynote speaker during the awards luncheon. Mr. Galaviz is an expert lecturer and advocate for small/minority businesses. He is also the founder and president of the National Federal Contractors Association (

Other confirmed speakers include John Bryson, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; David Hinson, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Gloria Parker, CEO and Senior Partner of Parker Group Consulting.  Ms. Parker consults for fortune 500 companies on government and business strategies. She served on the Obama-Biden Transition team, served as CTO and CIO of HUD, and Deputy CIO of the U.S. Department of Education. Moderators are Yvonne Davis, COO/ Director of International Affairs, True North Bridged Composites, and Collins Spencer, former CNN anchor.

A partial list of honorees include: Tomi Bannister, CEO, ARMA, Inc.; Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Twist; Diane Hahn Bellegarde, Soundway Consulting; Angela Bradley, BTI Security; Kenya Brooks, Bonaparte Corporation; Dee Daniels, Noir Woman; Dr. Shirley Davis, Society for Human Resources; Betty Hines, Chair, Women Presidents Organization; Annette Johnson,CMT Services, Inc.; Latonia Jones, Alabama A&M University Research Institute; Valarie King-Bailey, On Shore Technology; Angelle Brigitte Kwemo, Congressman Bobby Rush’s Office; Dr. Madeline Lewis, Deline Institute; Viola Llewellyn, Praxis Asset Management Africa LLC; Sonia Lo, Chalsys Partners Limited; Jacqueline Lopez, Open System Sciences; Marsha Malone, Lockheed Martin; Amicitia Maloon-Gibson, MGAA Professional Development Institute; Rosalind McLymont, The Network Journal; Dr. Tendai D. Ndoro, SLIPPA/EDCT Trainers, LLC; Tammy Owens, City of Virginia Beach Economic Development; Necole Parker, ELOCEN Group; Tanaia Parker, T. White Parker; Dr. Suzanne Penn, MFS WealthCare;  Shalon Simmons, Global ICT; Janet Simmons, GRS, Inc.; Jennifer Streaks, Financial Expert; Peggy Seats, Washington Interdependence Council; Elizabeth A. Vazquez, WEConnect International; Desiree Watson, Wellness Interactive; Rosa Whitaker, The Whitaker Group; Patricia Williams, Omega Security International.

For more information, including ticket details, call 703-730-4091 or email at [email protected] or [email protected].Visit the website at


Tammi L. Thomas, Vice President for Strategic Management, [email protected],  240-487-1479,