Wendi Goldsmith’s Bioengineering Group has just been recently awarded a $30 million federal contract for conservation planning services in the United States, Saipan, Guam and the Caribbean and been also been selected one amongst the 50 Fastest Women-Owned/Led Firms in the US. With Bioengineering Group, accolades have been a ‘natural’ outcome of the philosophy of the company which specializes in the field of ecosystem restoration and the application of sustainability principles to site planning, development, transportation, and stormwater management. A certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), the firm of 75 provides earth science, engineering, landscape architecture, and construction management services. Using a three-phase, interdisciplinary approach, Bioengineering Group integrates ecology, earth science, engineering, and design in all projects. Bioengineering Group works for a wide range of public and private sector clients seeking to successfully embrace sustainable design for large-scale public infrastructure and development projects.
Wendi Goldsmith, the CEO and founder , with diverse background spans geology, plant and soil science, ecological planning, water quality management, and river restoration design led the firm in its early years to perform research and development contracts, training programs, and design work for an impressive group of clients for a new company doing environmental work: US Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Parks Service to name a few. “I’m proud that we were able to build a solid foundation of technical documentation and effective working relationships based on trust that have endured to this day”.
Her exploration of the natural world deepened through academic training, but her elemental curiosity and passion for understanding and aiding natural patterns and processes have always been her guide, frequently leading her off the beaten path. A path that has now led her to be recognized by Fortune and American Express OPEN amongst the chosen 10 women entrepreneurs who are game changers, ground-breakers and innovators in their fields, and selected to join the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, to be held October 4-6, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
According to her, “running my own business was never really the plan. But, I was raring to sell my newly acquired talents and there was no other firm quite doing this kind of work in the US yet, so setting up my own shop seemed like the thing to do. I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed the challenges of working with people, managing schedules and budgets, and generally facilitating growth for the firm and its people.” Wendi recognizes that the firm’s 18 years of success depended upon others, namely the mentorship she received from key business affiliates, the dedication from a talented team of colleagues, and the good fortune of having a receptive and motivated set of clients.
Wendi works in various ways to help girls and women explore and succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, and entrepreneurship, having enjoyed the rewards herself, often in crowds that were highly male-dominated.
Close to two decades of helping clients realize the benefits of applying sustainability principles to site planning and development projects, and having rewards follow them in its natural course, Wendi Goldsmith’s Bioengineering Group is a shining testimonial of a women-led enterprise that can stay profitable building sustainable communities on ecological foundations.
Wendi Goldsmith, elaborating on the singular idea that successful business needs to seek the triple bottom lines of social, financial and ecological benefits.