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Leaping into Uncertainty—What it takes to start a business mid-career

Leaping into uncertainty

What it takes to start a business mid-career

March 30, 2022—4–5 p.m.

Tamera Rush, CEO, Tenax Technologies

Tamera Rush, CEO of Tenax Technologies
Tamera Rush, CEO of Tenax Technologies

Most of us think about it… some of us actually do it. Tamera Rush, president and CEO of Tenax Technologies, will share with us how and why she left a perfectly fine job to become an entrepreneur. Tamera will also share with us the building blocks that allowed her to find success as an entrepreneur and grow her company to over 100 employees in six years.

TENAX Technologies focuses on communications, cyber security, and engineering for government customers and was founded by Tamera in 2014 after a 20-year career accumulating expertise in profit and loss management, business development, and strategic operations. Some of her accomplishments include the Hammer Award given by Al Gore for significant work reinventing government principles that support development of nontoxic ammunition, 50 Women to Watch (Baltimore Sun), one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women (Daily Record, 2012), and the 2011 Athena International Award for Women’s Leadership. Her company is the proud 2018 Harford Award Recipient in the R&D/Technology Category. Ms. Rush was educated in State University of New York School at Potsdam where she earned her master’s degree in Organic Chemistry and her bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Secondary Education. She is involved in the community with the Spousal Abuse/Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC), CharHope, and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). She also served on the Harford County Board of Education from 2019-2021. Ms. Rush and her husband Jim have three children, Hope, Theodore, and Colin, and reside in Havre de Grace.

This year, WID Mid-Atlantic’s “Wind Down With WID” webinar series will feature the stories of accomplished women in our local defense community. During these virtual one-hour interactive discussions, we will hear their perspectives on career building blocks, how gender impacts advancement, and their recommendations for other women to enjoy similar success.

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