Charlotta Carter of GRI Technology Solutions | NAWBO
Charlotta Carter is the CEO and President of GRI Technology Solutions, woman-owned, HUB zone-based IT Consulting and staffing firm headquartered in San Mateo, California. Her team provides diverse industry experience in supporting, deploying, launching and integrating solutions for both small-scale to large-scale global programs. She also serves as Managing Partner for PWC Technology Services, an IT Consulting and global staffing firm based in Toronto and focused on growing business in the Canada sector. 
 
Why did you become a member of NAWBO?
Be a part of helping to make women businesses start, grow and sustain - Be a champion for our cause.
 
Tell us about your business? Why did you choose this as a business?
GRI Technology Solutions - Software Development and IT Consulting - located in San Mateo, Ca. In addition to IT Consulting, we are also launching a new AI Diabetes Solution called LLENA(AI) for T2 Diabetes suffers. I've been in business since 2011, and we're expanding into Canada (Toronto). I have always been in software, as I worked for IBM, Microsoft, SGI, Sun Microsystem over my career in software development.
 
Who had the biggest influence on you when starting your business? Did you have a mentor?
The ability to be the decision maker and drive strategy for solutions from the ground up. I have several mentors and provide mentorship to others.
 
What is the best business or personal advice you ever received?
Don’t give up. Stop looking behind you (but ensure you have great research).
 
What is your biggest business challenge right now?
Being a diversity supplier is tough to get business with some of the top companies as a lot of IT and software is outsourced – very competitive.
 
How can NAWBO members help you with your business? What is your ASK? Networking for additional opportunities and growth. Mastermind groups to bounce ideas and keep us motivated.
 
Fun Facts:
  • What do you do when you’re not working? I’m from the south (Louisiana) and I love to cook creole food and listen to Jazz.
  • What do you do for self-care?  – SPAs. LOL
  • If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Look into the future with accuracy. Make every woman owned business a success.