Ripple Effect Co-Owner & COO Jennifer Pohlhaus Receives National Zenith Award from the Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

Rockville, Maryland — Ripple Effect’s Co-owner and COO, Jennifer Pohlhaus, has been honored with AWIS’s 2023 Zenith Award. This award recognizes career professionals with a lifetime of innovative achievements in STEM and a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility (DEIA). 

Dr. Pohlhaus has paired her background in the sciences with her leadership role at Ripple Effect to shape a welcoming and forward-thinking corporate culture that prioritizes lifelong learning, embraces diversity as a key element of innovation, and weaves evidence-based thinking into Ripple Effect’s consulting services to offer employees the chance to do the best work of their careers in service of solving some of the nation’s most complex challenges.  

AWIS is the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. AWIS strives to achieve the full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. In addition to scholarships, AWIS provides career resources, professional development, as well as networking, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities to build leadership skills. 

“Thank you AWIS!” said Jennifer Pohlhaus, “this award is particularly meaningful to me since it reflects my passion for supporting a diverse national workforce in STEMM and acknowledges my efforts to create an inclusive culture at Ripple Effect.” 

Ripple Effect is an award-winning, women-owned consulting company that works with federal, private, and non-profit clients to support policies and programs that shape our nation. From healthcare implementation to scientific research, Ripple’s ever-growing customer base includes NIH, HHS, CMS, CDC, HRSA, and DoD’s Navy, Air Force, and Army branches. With a focus on operational excellence, Ripple Effect has gained national recognition, including five consecutive years on the Inc. 5000 list and a 2022 Moxie award for boldness in business. 

For more information about Ripple Effect go to www.rippleeffect.com. 

Ripple Effect President & CEO Amy Bielski Receives Vistage Leadership Award

Rockville, Maryland — Ripple Effect’s president & CEO, Amy Bielski, was honored with Vistage’s 2023 Leadership Award yesterday. This award recognizes Ms. Bielski’s enduring excellence in leadership and the impact she has had on Ripple Effect’s position and growth in the small-business consulting landscape and to the Vistage group community.

With more than 45,000 members in 35 countries, Vistage is the world’s largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization for small and midsize businesses. It helps members solve challenges through confidential peer groups and one-to-one executive coaching sessions. Vistage’s Leadership Award recognizes leaders who have implemented significant changes in their businesses that lay the groundwork for a strong future.

“I attribute Ripple Effect’s growth and success to our company’s commitment to lifelong learning, and Vistage continues to be an important part of our learning journey. Vistage coach Peter Schwartz and peers have helped me refine Ripple Effect’s business plan, explore new business opportunities, and manage through adversity, including during the pandemic,” said Amy Bielski. “I am honored to receive this award from a group that I value and whose members I admire.”

Ms. Bielski received the award at the organization’s DMV CEO Social at the Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia.

Ripple Effect is an award-winning, women-owned consulting company that works with federal, private, and non-profit clients to support policies and programs that shape our nation. From healthcare implementation to scientific research, Ripple’s ever-growing customer base includes NIH, HHS, CMS, CDC, HRSA, and DoD’s Navy, Air Force, and Army branches. With a focus on operational excellence, Ripple Effect has gained national recognition, including four consecutive years on the Inc. 5000 list and a 2022 Moxie award for boldness in business.

For more information about Ripple Effect go to www.rippleeffect.com.

Surviving and Thriving — How Bambo Bamgbose Triumphed in Life and at Work

It happened one morning in 2021. Bambo Bamgbose, husband, father and, at the time, Ripple Effect’s Chief Financial Officer, woke up and didn’t feel right. He couldn’t stand up straight. His wife called an ambulance, and he was on his way to Medstar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Maryland. From there he was airlifted to Medstar Franklin Square in Baltimore where doctors determined he had suffered a stroke. He was prepped for emergency surgery and began his journey through a life-threatening illness.

“I underwent surgery and stayed at the hospital in Baltimore for seven weeks. After that, I was discharged to a rehab hospital where I stayed for three and a half weeks. When I finally returned home, I had some challenges that I didn’t have before and I worked with in-home care staff to gain strength again,” said Bambo Bamgbose. “I ended up having to return to the hospital for further surgery and rehab before I was finally discharged.  In all, I spent over 5 months recovering in the hospital. I am grateful to all the medical staff and to my family and friends who were so supportive.”

Bambo’s story is one of hope and strength. It’s also a story of a workplace that is employee-centered and flexible. His work colleagues banded together with his doctors and family to help him recover and return to work in the new role of Senior Vice President of Growth.

“It was a really tough experience for all of us,” said Amy Bielski, Ripple Effect’s President and CEO. “We knew we wanted to help Bambo in any way we could and fortunately we had some processes and a mindset in place that allowed us to ease him back into the office. Part of our Work Smarter, Perform Better® philosophy means that we offer maximum flexibility for work hours so employees can work when they are most productive, during the day and during the month.”

Bambo was welcomed back to Ripple with new responsibilities as the Senior Vice President of Growth. Ripple Effect is growing into the middle market and the competition it faces is tough and well resourced.  Bambo works with company leadership to identify and capitalize on new opportunities for Ripple Effect. The company seeks to advance the flexible environment that Bambo found to be so helpful in his journey back to health.

“I am so grateful to the leadership at Ripple Effect for their patience and compassion,” said Bambo. “After going through this personal ‘Black Swan’ event, I have a greater sense of agency in my life and want to ensure that my contributions at work make a difference.”

Watch a video from Medstar Health on Bambo Bamgbose’s recovery here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ioL9wut6SI

Ripple Effect Celebrates 20 Years in Business — Company Attributes Success to Making Positive Waves

“The secret to the company’s success is right in the name,” said founder and CEO Amy Bielski. “Ripple Effect is the collective action and work ethic of every single employee making small, positive waves on which we build better and more successful relationships with our clients. Better relationships yield better outcomes for all.”

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Ripple Effect is one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation, according to the National Association for Business Resources (NABR)

Ripple Effect has been awarded the 2022 Best and Brightest in Wellness Award by Best and Brightest in Wellness Program. During the Best and Brightest in Wellness Awards, companies are recognized and honored for contributing to the success of their businesses. The company achieves this by improving the lives of its employees and by promoting a healthier community. 

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Ripple Effect Selected as One of the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness® Companies

Ripple Effect has been awarded the 2022 Best and Brightest in Wellness Award by Best and Brightest in Wellness Program. During the Best and Brightest in Wellness Awards, companies are recognized and honored for contributing to the success of their businesses. The company achieves this by improving the lives of its employees and by promoting a healthier community. 

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Ripple Effect Awarded Subcontract to Support National Institute of Health (NIH) Scientific Operations, And Administrative Resources (SOAR)

Medical Science & Computing LLC, a Guidehouse company, awarded Ripple Effect a subcontract for the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Scientific, Operations, and Administrative Resources (SOAR) contract. The five-year contract will support biomedical and scientific research projects throughout the NIH.

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Dr. Jennifer Pohlhaus, Ripple Effect COO, Named to AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Advisory Committee

Dr. Jennifer Pohlhaus, Ripple Effect COO, Named to AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Advisory Committee

Rockville, MD; November 8, 2021 — Ripple Effect®, a private consulting company focused on supporting federal and private clients, primarily in the biomedical sciences and health spaces, announces that their Chief Operating Officer and co-owner, Dr. Jennifer Pohlhaus, has been named to the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) Fellowships Advisory Committee (FAC) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“I am honored and delighted to have been selected to the FAC,” Dr. Pohlhaus said. “I started my science policy career as a fellow…[Read More]

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