Company: Masterpiece Solutions, LLC
Company Description: Masterpiece Solutions, LLC, is a full service, woman-owned business development, marketing, and image management firm. Our belief is knowledge + experience + world-class service = results. Our purpose is to deliver innovative and successful solutions, develop strategies for sustained growth and profitability, and optimize skills/talents within an organizational structure.
Nomination Category: Individual Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Mentor of the Year
Nomination Title: Laureen Wishom, Ph.D., CSO, Masterpiece Solutions, LLC
women in business during the eligibility period (up to 500 words):
It is a privilege to nominate Dr. Laureen Wishom for The Mentor of the Year Award.
She is the Owner, President and Chief Solutionary Officer (CSO) of Masterpiece
Solutions, LLC. This firm is a full service, woman-owned business development,
marketing, branding, training, and image management firm located in Houston,
Texas with a sister company in Dallas, Texas. Masterpiece has served
entrepreneurs, intra-preneurs, solo-preneurs, small business owners, and non-
profits in Houston and Dallas since 1998. Masterpiece Solutions, LLC has been
referred to as the Million Dollar Company with Million Dollar Solutionary
Consultants. Seventy-five percent of Masterpiece’s clients are women.
Masterpiece is a consortium of highly-skilled consultants whose combined
experience totals over 75 years. These Solutionary Consultants possess the skill
sets and knowledge necessary to provide consulting services around the world to
corporations, companies, organizations, non-profits and small businesses - from
corporate executives and career professionals to sole proprietors and individuals.
Dr. Laureen possesses outstanding leadership skills, which is demonstrated by
her board service and involvement with community-based organizations. She has
recently been appointed to Houston’s Small Business Administration Advisory
Board. She is board member of Grantwriters Network, Inc., and a member of the
Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Rotary Club, Museum of Fine Arts, Women
Professionals in Government, The Professional Group, the Association of
Professional Researchers Advanced, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is
a supporter of The Ensemble Theater and the Houston Ballet. She is a lay
Chaplain and certified Hospice Volunteer.
She is one of the top ten finalists for the 2007 Businesses Achievement Pinnacle
Award and is a nominee for Houston Woman Magazine’s Houston’s 50 Most
Influential Women Award.
As a freelance writer, her articles have been published in numerous Houston-
based and online publications. She received “Expert Author” status from
EzineArticles.com. She published a series of “how to” books: writing grant
proposals, preparing a business plan, starting a first time business, networking
effectively, and obtaining government contracts. She appeared on DayStar TV
Channel 20 (KLTJ) addressing issues relating to anger management and was
featured on the KTSU (90.9) Business Segment.
She produces the 501(c)3 News, TheSource™ Newsletter, Women at the Top
Newsletter, and publishes a marketing, listening and communication blog
(www.bizmarketingsolutions.biz). She is the founder/facilitator of the Entrepreneur
and Small Business Roundtable (ESBR) which host free monthly roundtables for
women-owned businesses, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. Yearly,
she donates $10,000 in complimentary consulting and professional development
services to a women-owned businesses or newly formed non-profit. On 9/25/07,
she launched The Greater Houston Resource Guide which has a special section
dedicated to women-owned businesses/entrepreneurs.
During the past ten years, she has mentored over 500 women, spoken before
5,000+ women on subjects that include image management, social graces,
business etiquette, and business development and business growth. This year
she has mentored 20 business and career women and is currently mentoring two
University of Houston female students through Masterpiece Solutions’ Internship
Program. Both interns are seeking their degree through the prestigious U of H
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) Program.
Dr. Laureen Wishom is an ebullient motivational speaker, pulsating writer, grant
writer, fund developer, marketing strategist, and strategic planner. She energizes
and catapults her clients to their next level through her business consulting, and
marketing tactics. Dr. Laureen holds a Board Governance and Leadership
certification and the Productivity Education certification from the Academy of
Human Potential. She is the CSO of Masterpiece Solutions, LLC a Houston and
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Education, Master’s degree in
Psychology/Sociology, and a Ph.D. in Psychology/Christian Counseling. She is a
Rotarian, Certified Hospice Volunteer and a Commissioned Lay Chaplain.