We are committed to ensuring that women business leaders and women-owned businesses have opportunities to thrive and succeed
Lightwell is proud to be certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC Certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.
Michelle Kerr founded Lightwell, originally known as Oxford Consulting Group, in 1998 from her home. She started her career by consulting in the field and leveraged the industry and technology knowledge she gained to build the company from the ground up. She has been responsible for all aspects of the business at one time or another, including establishing partnerships with industry leaders like IBM, developing a Fortune 2000 customer base, completing multiple global acquisitions, and leading the company’s expansion into the Europe.
Michelle and Lightwell are committed to ensuring that women business leaders and women-owned businesses have opportunities to thrive and succeed. Kerr is active in organizations that support women in business and was the recipient of the NAWBO Visionary Award. Michelle and Lightwell contribute significantly to community activities and charitable organizations. In fact, Lightwell contributes 4% of its profits to charities directed at women and children, including the YWCA, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Community Shelter Board, and more. As a testament to our extensive charitable efforts, Lightwell was honored as an Outstanding Corporation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC’s mission is to fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses. WBENC’s constituent groups consist of our Corporate and Government Members, 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), and WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).
The WBENC certification standard is the most relied upon certification of women-owned businesses. WBENC Certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. To achieve WBENC Certification, women-owned businesses complete a formal documentation and site visit process which is administered by one of WBENC’s 14 Regional Partner Organizations. WBENC Certification gives women-owned businesses the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC Corporate Members and government agencies.