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Meet Irina!

7 Dec

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Irina enjoys the spiritual and metaphysical aspects of life. She has been a yogi for 15 years and a reiki practitioner for 4 years. Her business is providing Kundalini yoga classes and Reiki energy healing to clients. Kundalini Yoga is similar to other forms of yoga by its series of postures and poses, but it incorporates more dynamic motion, breathing and meditation. Reiki is a healing technique that uses light touch to various parts of the body to ease physical and emotional discomfort. Helping people feel better is very important to Irina, and if she could have it her own way, everybody would be living the best life that they possibly could, devoid of emotional and physical pain. Irina’s roots also account for her holistic and spiritual approach to life—she was brought up in an atheist family in the Soviet Union during the Communist era. Her interest in this field is a part of her own deep need to seek a part of life that she never grew up with and help those around her overcome depression and life difficulties.

Irina originally joined EWI as a mentor for other women, but soon realized that she too had a dream to start her own business and EWI’s course seemed like a comprehensive and helpful program to become involved with. Irina states that her favorite part of the program was that every week, despite the lesson plan or the chaos, there was always at least one moment when a mentor or facilitator reminded the students how much potential they had. “I have taken away that being an entrepreneur is a journey, and not an easy one. It is so much easier when I have a group of supportive fellow entrepreneurs helping me along.”

Her goal is to one day create a community wellness center that incorporates different modalities such as psychotherapy, yoga, massage, and reiki. She wants her business to be a nurturing place for both the staff and the clients. Irina’s loves the number of interesting, conscious people that she comes across in her business, who are constantly integrating more and more into the community here in the Washington, D.C area. The business speaks to Irina’s core and is a field that she wholeheartedly enjoys.

We are touched by Irina’s passion for her work, and highly recommend her to all those in need of spiritual renewal and yoga meditation.

- Mina Alemzadeh
 Alexandria ETS Intern
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Entrepreneur Graduation and Holiday Artisan Marketplace!

4 Dec

Empowered Women International Presents…

Women Entrepreneur Graduation &

Artisans Holiday Marketplace

Sat. Dec 8, 3-6 pm,

Durant Center

1605 Cameron St., Alexandria

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Yes, We Did It! — Entrepreneurs Class 2012, Fall Semester

Showcase of Graduate’s Micro-Businesses

Meet our entrepreneur women, learn about their newly launched businesses and discover how these women and businesses change our communities

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Graduation Ceremony

Join us to support our courageous women entrepreneurs and be inspired by their stories

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Sit-Down buffet of Homeade Culinary Delights by Chef Entrepreneurs

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Graduation Keynote Speaker

Julie Kantor, Barrel of Jobs

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Julie Kantor was the Executive Director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater Washington DC Region. In this role, she was a recognized leader in the field of entrepreneurship education and grew the organization to serve more than 24,000 local youth.

She is the author of I Said Yes! Real Life Stories of Students, Teachers and Leaders Saying YES! to Youth Entrepreneurship in America’s Schools.

Artisans Holiday Marketplace

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Purchase Your Holiday Gifts for Friends & Family from EWI’s Marketplace!

All art and gifts are made EWI alumni and local artists.

Proceeds benefit EWI and our local artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Holiday selection include handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry, scarves,

designer aprons, skin and beauty products, handmade books and notecards,

holiday ornaments and more…

This Program was Made Possible in part with Funding from:
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, The Alexandria Commission for the Arts,
The Mason Hirst Foundation, The Washington Forrest Foundation,
The Giving Circle of Hope Reston, AmeriCorps Vista
The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation,  Capital One Bank
The James Family Foundation, The Sharing Montgomery Fund

Free of Charge. RSVP Now!

Don’t wait! Reserve your ticket for yourself and a friend.

EWI Featured in the Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy!

1 Nov

EWI continues to gain notoriety in the philanthropic world, recently being recognized in the Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Every four years, a team of “one hundred fifteen reviewers from foundations, corporations, corporate giving programs, giving circles, the philanthropic advisory community, and peer nonprofits” evaluate non-profit organizations to find those of great “distinction, merit, and impact”.

This year, Empowered Women International was selected to be an exemplary organization, to be featured for the next four years in the catalogue.

This is an amazing honor for EWI, one that we share with our women entrepreneurs, whose talents and success constantly inspire us!

The Catalogue for Philanthropy just launched their new website today. Congratulations CFP! EWI has it’s very own profile page, which you can check out HERE. Be sure to see the upcoming events and links to our social media sites.

One feature on the CFP site that we particularly appreciate are the new ways in which you can give to EWI – from a simple donation to donating in someone’s honor, to adding EWI to a gift registry and sending gift cards, it’s all there and easy to use. Check out the features HERE and consider giving today!

Thank you Catalogue for Philanthropy for this incredible honor, and all that you do for non-profit organizations in the Greater Washington area.

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