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Woman Owned General Contractor Overcame Dire Circumstances for Success Against The Odds

L'Tryce M. Slade, has overcome dire circumstances to experience success against the odds. She serves as Principle, of SLADE Land Use, Environmental, and Transportation Planning, LLC ("Slade"), a HubZone, 8(m), EDWOSB, DBE, MBE, and 100% Minority Woman Owned General Contracting and Environmental Services Firm. She has a BA in Political Science, BA in Communication Studies, Masters in Regional Planning, and Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Woman Owned General Contracting and Environmental Service Provider L'Tryce Slade

Ms. Slade has experience in development and construction projects. Her firm is a licensed general contractor in AL, MS, TN, GA, and SC. Slade specializes in environmental services, geotechnical services, construction material testing and urban planning. Ms. Slade holds the certifications for the services her company provides. Ms. Slade is certified as a Green Building Professional through the National Home Builders Association; Lead Inspector, Asbestos Inspector, and Qualified Credential Inspector. Her company is able to assist clients with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Ms. Slade is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and speaker.


Slade is the Secretary of the Atlanta National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC), member of the Atlanta National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), National (CREW).

Woman Owned General Contracting and Environmental Service Provider L'Tryce Slade

In 2022, Slade was selected for the Interise Supplier Scale Program. Additionally, Slade participated in IGNITE’S DBIA Program.


In 2021, Slade completed the Kellogg Executive Education, The Beck Partnership Program, WBENC IBM We Thrive, and the GMEN Women's Entrepreneurship Program Class 2.


In 2020, Slade was selected to participate in the Goldman Sachs Small Business Program. This program is designed to strengthen small businesses across the country. Slade will start the Beck Envision Program March 2020, which is a construction mentoring program.


In 2019, Slade graduated from the Delta Supplier Development Academy. Also, Slade graduated from the Turner Construction Management Program. Slade was accepted into the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Alumni Program which was a six month program that was a phase 2 of the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection.




In 2018, she was selected for the Georgia Mentor Protege Program where Southern Company Gas was the firm’s mentor. Slade graduated from the City of Atlanta Watershed and Aviation Small Business Development Program. In 2017, Slade was selected by the Atlanta Business League as “Success Against The Odds Winner.” This award recognizes an entrepreneur who has built a successful business through difficult times, and in the face of severe obstacles.


Women who have overcome dire circumstances and continue to operate at a profit. Furthermore, L'Tryce Slade was accepted into the inaugural class of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Energy Executive Program is underwritten for the first time this year by Shell Oil Company. This is a weeklong, intensive executive training for WBEs in Energy, Oil and Gas Professionals. Additionally, Slade was the Summit Media Creator Award Nominee in the Creator category at the red carpet event for being noted as a business owner that created a unique service business. Fusion attendees learned how to lead from experts on team building, prosperity, connecting career and personal development.


In 2016, Slade was selected for 20 for the next 20 BHM Biz 20 emerging leaders who have already made major contributions to Birmingham business and who are expected have an even greater impact over the next two decades. Slade is featured in the BHM BIZ Metro Birmingham Business Magazine. Slade was also recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal as a Woman in Construction on the Rise featured in June 2016.


In 2015 Ms. Slade was honored in the B-Metro Magazine Faces of Construction, Visionary 40 I Am Woman Network, and Women of Vision I am Woman Network. Ms. Slade was acknowledged has a Groundbreaker in the January 2014 issue of the Birmingham Magazine as a woman in construction. She received the Ladies of Royalty Business Leader Award at the Ladies of Royalty Impact Women's Business and Empowerment Conference in 2014. In 2013 she was featured in the Birmingham Magazine as Best in Minority Business; 2013 Alabama Black Achievers Gala Entrepreneur of the Year; 2013 Rookie of the Year for the National Association of Women in Construction for Region 2; and 2013 President Obama's Volunteer Service Award.


In 2012 Ms. Slade was listed as the Southeast Small Business Magazine Birmingham Most Influential Women; Birmingham Business Journal as a Top 40 Under 40 in 2012; Minority Business Award Recipient for 2010; Green Award Finalist for 2010; a Rising Star Finalist in 2009, and selected as one of the Birmingham Business Journal “Eight People to Watch in 2008.” L'Tryce Slade was elected the first African American woman to chair the Birmingham Business Alliance African American Business Council. Furthermore, she was selected as the 2010 Birmingham Business Alliance Small Business Person of the Year Finalist; 2008 Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist. Ms. Slade served as the Co Chair of the Executive Women's Roundtable for the Birmingham Business Alliance for 2010 and 2011.


She was recently selected to serve on the Community Food Bank for Central Alabama. As a community leader, L'Tryce Slade was asked to participate as a volunteer member of the Steering Committee for the Pratt Community Regional Urban Design Assistance Team (PC RUDAT) Landscape & Ecology and the Community Outreach Subcommittees after the tornado hit April 27, 2011.


Professionally, Slade was a part of the Birmingham Venture Club Entrepreneur Accelerator Program for 2010-2011. Slade completed the Alabama Power's 2011-2012 Supplier Diversity Mentoring Program. Furthermore, she completed the Associated Builder's and Contractor's Mentoring Program. Finally, she is a member of the Alabama State University DBE Program for the Alabama Department of Transportation.


She is a member of the Transportation Research Board Environmental Justice Committee, Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, Associated Builders and Contractors Diversity Committee, and Birmingham Sickle Cell Junior Advisory Board. She is a past Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) Co-Chair of the Executive Women's Road Table, Chair of the African American Business Council, and City of Birmingham Young Professionals United.



Ms. Slade’s concern for her community is more than professional; it is personal. She is an active member of the Junior League. In the past, she was a member of the Dartmouth Tuck Executive Education Program for the Women's Business Enterprise National Council Class of 2011; Alabama Builders and Contractors Mentoring Program for 2011; Leadership Birmingham 2011; Project Corporate Leadership Class of 2008 and MS Leadership Class of 2009; UAB Minority Health Board for Young Professionals 2009-2010; Catalyst Advisory Board 2009; Leadership UAB Class of 2010; Leadership Birmingham 2011; and Birmingham Venture Club Class of 2011.


Ms. Slade is the founder of Slade Land Use, Environmental, and Transportation (L.E.T.) Planning. She has two Bachelor of Arts, a Masters in Regional Planning and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked as a legal clerk with the Federal Highway Administration in the Chief Counsel’s Office, Environmental Planner with Arcadis G&M Transportation Consulting Firm, and former Community Planner with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. She is a member of the Transportation Research Board Environmental Justice Committee, which is a division of the National Research Council. The board serves as an independent adviser to the federal government and others on scientific and technical questions of national importance. In addition, she was selected to serve as an Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Vanderryn Fellow. The ELP Fellowship is given annually to select individuals engaged in the environmental field to enhance their leadership skills. She has worked on environmental and land use projects for the planning departments of several different cities.


She has extensive experience in transportation planning, from both a governmental and private firm perspective. In this context, she developed Context Sensitive Solutions to complex planning issues and expertise in Community Impact Assessments (CIA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. Ms. Slade has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Construction Management Graduate Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; Environmental Management Graduate Program at Samford University, and Social Behavior Department at Miles College.


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