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Making the Climb

Making the Climb
Making the Climb
Making the Climb
A Conversation with Carol Curtis, Noah Enterprises, Jennifer Whitham, VANWIN Coatings of Virginia LLC and Dr. Claudette Twichell, Solstice Environmental, LLC



Contact:Deborah Gittens



 WIDGHR June Luncheon:  “Making the Climb” 

Thursday, June 15, 2017, --  11:30 AM -- 1:30 PM

NORFOLK, Va. – Women in Defense, Greater Hampton Roads (WIDGHR), a local chapter of the National Security organization, honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and predominately male industries. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid. Our June Guest Speakers represent diverse backgrounds and each made their mark as a successfully business women in their hosen discipline. Additionally, these women have both successfully stepped out of the box and forged their own path of blazing success. 

Carol R. Curtis is the Founder and President of Noah Enterprises, Inc. is SWaM certified and has over 35 employees and approaches $20 million in annual revenue. Ms. Curtis has been profiled in numerous articles and on television and was honored as the Associated Builders & Contractors Member of the Year and Lawyer Weekly’s Class of 2012 Most Influential Women of Virginia. In addition, she has led her company to numerous awards including being named Virginia Business Small Employee Best Places to Work in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  Ms. Curtis has led Noah’s partnership with TCC Women’s Center, CHKD, ODAF, and An Achievable Dream to name a few as well as volunteering with the TCC Women’s Center, local community groups, and other charities. 

Jennifer Whitham, CEO of VANWIN Coatings of Virginia LLC.  Vanwin Coatings, a certified woman-owned small business, is a leading provider of abrasive blasting, painting and powder coating services in the Hampton Roads area. Jennifer started her career as a Certified Public Accountant and worked with several local accounting firms, where she focused on small business consulting, auditing and internal firm quality control. She achieved the level of Manager before joining Vanwin Coatings as Chief Financial Officer in 1998. Since 2006, she has served as CEO and majority owner of the company.  Vanwin is also committed to making a contribution to the industry beyond its company borders and therefore regularly hosts training classes for SSPC (The Society for Protective Coatings), NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) and NSSA (Norfolk Ship Support Activity).

Dr. Claudette Twichell, President of Solstice Environmental, LLC.  Claudette Lajoie Twichell, founded Solstice Environmental, LLC over 10 years ago, after managing an Environmental Division for a Prime Contractor for over 10 years here in Hampton Roads. Dr. Twichell has 25 years of extensive and diverse program experience in natural and cultural resources management, regulatory compliance, strategic environmental planning, and environmental documentation for feasibility, planning, design, and construction of transportation and civil works infrastructure. Dr. Twichell received her undergraduate degree from the Florida Institute of Technology Chemical Oceanography Program and received both her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Old Dominion University Oceanography Program. She is currently a proud member of Women In Defense and currently serves as the Advisory Board Chair for the Women’s Transportation Seminar Hampton Roads Chapter. In addition, she recently completed the Women’s Transportation Seminar Executive Leadership Program.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320.  Seating is limited so you must pre-register at


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