Executive Management

Founder & President Margaret Dureke, JD, Founder and President of WETATi, once a sojourner in America, but today considers herself a full-fledged American. If anyone believes that America is the land of opportunity, where impossibilities become possibilities, it is Margaret Dureke! Women Empowered To Achieve The Impossible (WETATi) was founded by Margaret Dureke, the “Moxie Motivator” and the ‘How-to-Guru,’ as a sister forum to Margaret’s Sisters Living On Purpose, an online blog she started almost a decade ago. As the platform to empower, inspire and encourage other sisters grew exponentially, she got the vision that she needed to redesign, enhance and expand the platform. She desires to communicate and teach other women that they too can find meaning and purpose, happiness, joy and fulfillment in their lives – no matter in what remote village or city they may find themselves; and no matter what challenges they may encounter in life. She strongly believes that WETATi will position every woman to achieve their “impossible” if they will dare to and take the necessary actions!   America is a perfect match for Margaret because like America, Margaret believes that if you know what you want, envision it, be willing to do what it takes, and stay the course to achieve that which you once thought was impossible. Margaret believes we all should and must have the impetus to pursue our seemingly impossible dream or aspiration (whatever that may be for you). This belief system stemmed from the realization that you can only achieve that which is possible by daring to achieve that which may seem to be impossible. Margaret Dureke has a BA with honors from Howard University and a JD in Law from American University. She is a national and international entrepreneur extraordinaire, publisher, bestselling author, renowned “Moxie Motivator” (dubbed by Prince George’s Gazette Newspaper) and inspirational speaker, personal and business success coach, leadership trainer, and radio and TV personality.Margaret has authored several empowerment, business and self help books, including “How to Succeed Against All Odds”; “Eleven Proven Organizational and Time Management Techniques for Highly Effective People”; “Network Marketing: How to Avoid the Damage it Can Do to Your Life and Business & How to Succeed”; and “The Power of Consistency.”Margaret Dureke has many years of successes both in traditional business and in the Network Marketing industry, where she attained her highest position of Senior Vice President. Margaret Dureke and her husband John Dureke have founded and run many successful traditional businesses over the past 19 years, including: www.jahspublishing.com www.jahsfitness.com www.jahsactivewear.com. She is a national and international leadership trainer for major corporations and organizations such as “Blacks in Government” and was recognized as “One of the Most Valuable Trainers for 2010”Margaret is a happily married mother of three children. Over the years, through the grace of God, Margaret has discovered that her heart and divine calling is definitely to help other women find creative ways to achieve their impossible and refine their mindset in order for them to find fulfillment and purpose in their lives regardless of their geographical locations and/or limitations.Margaret would be the first to tell you that the benefit of going through a challenge or adversity in life is so we can use that experience to help others, glorify God and ‘make a message out of the mess.’ She is convinced that every adversity hides a seed of opportunity if you know how to find it. This gave birth to www.margaretspeaks.com, a platform that Margaret has used over the years to get her message out. Margaret’s success stories have been featured in many publications, including the Washington Post, BET.com, Sister to Sister Magazine, Heart and Soul Magazine, and The Gazette Newspaper, just to mention a few.

Chief Operations Officer Brenda Burruss Chavis, a native of Atlanta, Georgia who now resides in North Laurel, Maryland, is Chief Operating Officer of Women Empowered To Achieve The impossible (WETATi). Brenda grew up in a family of ministers and missionaries who instilled in her at a very young age the importance of kindness, compassion toward others and loving the Lord and his Word with all your heart. Brenda’s mother (who became the first African American Woman appointed to the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology in 1965) served as a major inspiration in her life as she taught her that….”there is no such word as can’t”. That ….”there is nothing that is impossible to achieve!” Graduating from high school with honors,Brenda went on to attend Spelman College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. After leaving Spelman, she worked for thirty successful years in the areas of education, customer service, administration, public relations, marketing and sales through her tenure with the Atlanta Public School system, the commercial airlines and beauty industries, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Chavis and Chavis Pressure Washing (a business owned by her and her husband). As a certified Christian Counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors, Brenda is now working toward her Masters in Christian Counseling and Discipleship, and is an active member of The People’s Community Baptist Church of Silver Spring. Brenda aspires to inspire, to unify and produce growth in others through service, because what she knows for sure….is that God is ABLE!      

Director of Graphic Design and Internal Affairs-   Chidinma Dureke Chidinma has won several awards and recognitions for her talents. She is an active member of the larger community as a volunteer and internship participant. Chidinma has a repertoire of computer software applications, which incl udes Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, QuarkXPress, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Microsoft Office products on both PC and Mac platforms. Chidinma's illustrations and paintings have been compared to that of Picasso and Gauguin. She has proven her exceptional skills in working in a consistent series to portray her photo realistically or abstractly. From a very young age Chichi has been exposed to several businesses with her parents- Margaret and John Dureke. She has created and designed several of her parents book covers, websites, magazines, business cards and much more. She has been part and parcel of WETATi since its inception. In fact, she designed the WETATi logo that has received rave reviews from many. She has also been working behind the scenes with her mother to make sure WETATi becomes a household name world-wide.

Edwina Thomas: CPA Chief Financial Officer EDWINA THOMAS , CPA, CFE Edwina is a Certified Public Accountant with over twenty years experience. As an Independent Consultant she has worked nationwide and internationally as a  CFO/ Controller, Auditor, and Fraud Examiner & Forensic Accountant. She has provided senior-level accounting and financial expertise on various projects. She has served as Financial Controller for an international manufacturing and service organization for many years and served in public accounting as Audit Manager for several accounting firms. She has also lectured in Accounting and Taxation at the University level. Edwina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and is certified through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and in Fraud Examining through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Edwina is also a former Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, United Kingdom, and is Licensed to practice in several states within the United States.

Susan Greenwood: Attorney-at-Law:  Legal Council & Research Susan McNeil Greenwood is a native of Kansas who has lived in the Washington, D. C. metropolitan area for more than thirty years.  She graduated magna cum laude from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, where she majored in History with a minor in German.  Susan is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law School and is licensed to practice law in her home state of Kansas and in Federal District courts.                  Ms. Greenwood began her practice of law in the Memphis District office of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), where she specialized in real estate transactions.  Ms. Greenwood is a senior-level attorney with more than 25 years of experience with the USACE.  She is a key senior staff member in the Office of the Chief Counsel, where she serves as Legislative Counsel for the Agency.  She is the principal staff member of the Office of the Chief Counsel responsible for drafting legislation in support of the Department of the Army’s Civil Works program; responsible for responding to requests for legislative drafting services from Members of Congress and congressional staffers; and for developing guidance for implementation of water resources authorities applicable to the USACE.                 As Legislative Counsel for the Agency, Ms. Greenwood works closely with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), the Office of Management and Budget, and legislative counsels and representatives from Executive agencies and the private sector, as well as with members of Congress and congressional staff, in negotiating compromise language for inclusion in omnibus bills in support of the Army Civil Works Program.  Her significant legislative accomplishments include the Water Resources Development Acts of 1990, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000, and 2007.  She has received numerous special commendations and awards for participation in successful completion of the negotiation process leading to enactment of the Acts, including special recognition from the Secretary of the Army, as well as from the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works and the Chairperson of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.                 Ms. Greenwood has also served as the principal attorney within HQUSACE responsible for drafting, negotiating, reviewing, revising and approving project cooperation agreements for implementation of water resources development projects by the Department of the Army.  In that capacity, she worked closely with non-Federal sponsors, project stakeholders, lobbyists, professional organizations, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), and other interested Administration officials.  She was selected to chair the Task Force responsible for drafting the initial guidance for implementation of the non-Federal cost sharing requirements resulting from enactment of the landmark Water Resources Development Act of 1986.                  Ms. Greenwood is an active member of the USACE Legislative Task Force.  In addition, she has worked on Native American and Labor-Management issues.  She served as a Management Team Member in negotiating the first Labor-Management contract entered into by the USACE with the newly-recognized AFGE Local bargaining unit.  She has also served as an active member of the Interagency Task Force established by the Office of Management and Budget to address issues associated with creation of an alternative funding source for the development, operation, and maintenance of the Nation’s harbors as a result of a Supreme Court ruling that the then-existing system was unconstitutional as applied to exports.  In addition, Ms. Greenwood served as a member of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Water Supply Issues for the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area.  In that capacity, she worked closely with the Water Supply Customers of the Washington Aqueduct in implementing statutorily-directed borrowing authority provided to the Secretary of the Army pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Amendments Act of 1996.  That work including negotiation and drafting of cross-jurisdictional Memoranda of Understanding and Financing Agreements.                    Ms. Greenwood is the proud mother of three daughters and one son.  Her two oldest children, Elizabeth and Emily, live in Seville, Spain, with their spouses and sons.  Ms. Greenwood’s younger two children live in the Washington, D. C. metropolitan area.  Her youngest daughter, Jessica, recently married the love of her life, Gabe.  They live in Rockville, Maryland. Of all of the things Ms. Greenwood has done with and in her life, she can say—without a hint of a doubt—that nothing compares with the joy she has had—and continues to have—in being the mother of these four wonderful people and in watching her family continue to grow through the addition of the spouses of her children and delightful grandchildren.                    

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