Remembering Candace Waterman

Candace Waterman, the President and CEO of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), embodies excellence and expertise in both the private and public sectors. With over 35 years of experience, she has successfully owned and operated companies in the medical, real estate, and hospitality industries. Her leadership extends to the healthcare field, where she oversaw operations and programs in OB-GYN, hematology, radiology, and oncology for a hospital system in Michigan.

As the head of WIPP, Candace is at the forefront of advocating for the 12 million women-owned businesses in the United States. She works tirelessly in a non-partisan manner with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, influencing and shaping policies that promote economic equity, procurement inclusion, and access to the global marketplace. Her dedication to empowering women in business is unmatched.

Before joining WIPP, Candace served as the Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), where she played a pivotal role in managing the operational processes and spearheading the digitization of WBENC’s certification program. Her efforts led to the acceptance of WBENC’s certification by government entities across the country and contributed to international certification initiatives.

Candace’s impact extends beyond national borders, as she currently serves as a U.S. Delegate of the W20, solidifying her status as a global 

thought leader and subject matter expert. She is a trailblazer in promoting diversity, inclusion, and operational excellence. Her exceptional achievements have earned her numerous awards and recognition, including the prestigious 2019 WBE Hall of Fame and the 2019 Top Executives in Diversity accolades. Furthermore, she has actively contributed her expertise to the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA) Board of Directors and the Essence Entrepreneurial Advisory Council for Essence Magazine.

Candace Waterman is a visionary leader, a champion for women-owned businesses, and a catalyst for positive change in the business landscape. Her outstanding accomplishments and unwavering commitment make her an inspiration to us all.

On behalf of the U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses, we bid a heartfelt farewell to Candace Waterman. Her remarkable contributions, unwavering dedication, and visionary leadership have left an indelible mark on the business landscape and the lives of countless women.

Candace was an exceptional advocate for women-owned businesses, tirelessly working to create economic equity, promote procurement inclusion, and expand access to the global marketplace. Her commitment to diversity, inclusion, and operational excellence was truly inspiring, and she championed the empowerment of black women in business with passion and unwavering resolve.

As we say our farewells, we honor Candace’s legacy and the immense impact she had on the advancement of women in business. Her leadership at Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) transformed opportunities for women entrepreneurs, opening doors and shattering barriers.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Candace’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. May they find solace in the knowledge that her legacy will continue to thrive, and her work will serve as an enduring inspiration for generations to come.

Rest in Peace, Candace Waterman. Your light will continue to guide and inspire us as we carry forward your important mission.