WOMEN OF COLOR
NOVEMBER 3, 2017
UP, OUT & OVER
Panelists & Presenters
Lori Wilson, a native Californian raised in Fresno, graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accountancy. She currently is employed as the Regional Director of Finance for a national homebuilder. Her rich career, education and her heart-felt passion to make a difference laid a solid foundation and prepared Lori to serve in her community and inspire others to do the same.
She has been involved civically in Suisun City for the last eight years. During her campaign for City Council, Lori promised residents if elected, she would continue to engage the community in an open and honest dialogue and give those who may feel excluded from the system, a sense of empowerment. Shortly after Lori’s election to the City Council in 2012, she was appointed “Mayor Pro Tem.” While Lori often has to make tough decisions, her priorities and her focus continue to be on projects that will increase the quality of life for California residents, improve economic sustainability and overall safety. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Chavares Wilson, and they have two adult children.
Session 1 ~ The Time is Now!
Tonia Burgess, DGS
Tonia is a Customer Liaison with the California Department of General Services, Procurement Division, Certification and Outreach Branch and serves as the Department’s Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Advocate. In this role, Tonia assists California SB and DVBE businesses with accessing state contracts. She also educates SBs and DVBEs on the benefits available to them when working with state and local agencies. Through collaborative efforts with our strategic partners, Tonia is the lead analyst in planning and participating in workshops, procurement panel discussions and conferences that host thousands of SBs and DVBEs per year. Tonia also works closely with state departments to ensure that they are using SB and DVBEs in their contracting. Tonia holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She has over 29 years working in state government in the areas of customer service, small business certification, outreach, and advocacy.