Location: Elkridge, MD
Industry: Professional consulting services
President and CEO
Edwards Performance Solutions is a woman-owned small business with two decades of experience working with both government and commercial clients. “Edwards exists to empower organizations through business performance solutions that drive overall mission success,” says president and CEO Gina Abate. “We understand our strengths and work to customize our methodologies to address the individual needs of the customer.” In addressing those needs, Edwards also relies on its employees’ expertise. “All employees are trained on Edwards-specific methodologies to ensure a unified approach,” says Abate. “Our employees have real-world experience that helps us understand and mitigate customer concerns.”
Quick Tip: “I believe in leading by example, or ‘participative’ leadership. I am always willing to pitch in and assist wherever and whenever it is necessary.”
In leading Edwards during periods of fast growth, Abate has worked to remain flexible and quickly shift focus as the marketplace changes. “Although I have certainly learned to be open to new ideas, it also means you must gain an understanding of how to best align your strengths with market trends,” says Abate. “We do not want to offer a solution just to remain current — we need to be able to do it well.” The current strategic plan for Edwards includes reaching into new markets.