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Bits + Pieces

15 Feb

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1. Perri, EWI’s Outreach Coordinator, and Mariana, EWI’s graphic design volunteer, attended Language ETC’s Community Services Fair in DC on Tuesday

2. On Thursday, Perri and Mary, EWI’s Program Manager, had a great social media planning meeting at Cosi in Virginia Square!

3. This week EWI graduate and volunteer, Velma Crawford, was interviewed on Mining the Heart radio show on XM radio.

4. EWI graduates Aida and Lizzie came to our office (just in time for some surprise VDay chocolate covered strawberries!) in preparation for the Micro-Business Lending Conference in Richmond on February 25th and 26th. The two fantastic food entrepreneurs will be part of the “Meet the Micros” segment of the conference. Marga will introduce the women entrepreuners and discuss the role that technical assistance plays in the development of micro enterprises. She will moderate a discussion with the women about their work, needs, and their business goals for the future.

5. Development Associate, Alexandra, met Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor while out and about in DC! So exciting!

6. We celebrated Valentine’s Day with lots of roses, chocolates, heart shaped brownies, and a lovely Lebanese lunch! We hope you all had a great day celebrating loved ones, too! :)

Happy weekend, everyone! Don’t forget to check back on Monday for a Mondays With Marga post and a new Coach’s Corner!

A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs… Fall 2012 ETS Graduation!

11 Dec

 On Saturday, December 8th, we celebrated the graduation of seventeen newly launched women entrepreneurs. The talented and courageous women are following their dreams and passions to independence, leadership, and empowerment. Bravo!

Thank you to all the supporters – donors, friends, family, mentors, and volunteers – who continue to make this all possible.

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Fall 2012 EWI Entrepreneur Graduates

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Caryn Amy Reitkipp, Rashunda Baily, Amoy Steven, Catherine Gulzar, and Winter Walker

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Irina Katz thanking her awesome classmates as Marga Fripp, Perri Weldy, and Sharmila Karamchandani look on…

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Trinidad Coopman’s Latin American fusion cuisine and Irene Naguib’s Egyptian cuisine were out of this world!

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Nichole Swinson, Chithra Jeyaram, Dinelles Sakyi, Irene Naguib, Irina Katz, Jennifer Smith, Lyzbeth Monard, Elda LaRue, and Caryn Amy Reitkopp

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Dinelles Sakyi eying Winter Walker’s divine NuDelish Date Butter

 

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A crowded room of family, friends, supporters, special guests, board and advisory board.

 

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Shirah Cohen, Dianne Lorenz, Howie Feinstein, Deborah Blank, Marga Fripp, Magaly-Galdo Hirst, Mary Louise Marino, Mimi Hassanein, Kate Campbell Stevenson, Julie Kantor, and Laura Levengard

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Jennifer Smith, savoring the sweetness of the moment!

 

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Grace Allen taking a moment at her marketplace table, Oracle Ink

 

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Kamila Barbour of Barbour House Publications

 

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Our stellar team, Jeremy Brandt-Vorel, Alexandra Standal, Charlia Acree, and Perri Weldy

 

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The Annual Holiday Marketplace showcased Velma Crawford of Vees Ties That Bind and her beautiful aprons that have a story to tell.

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Felt artists, Lisa and Jim Jacenich of Artful Gifts offered a delightful and colorful array of handmade scarves, hats, gloves, and more.

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Elsa and Ansen Elvis of Elsen Oils presented their all-natural health and beauty products.

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A very special thank you to Julie Kantor, Chief Strategy Office of Barrel of Jobs for being our inspiring keynote speaker!

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Enormous appreciation to Magaly-Galdo Hirst of the Mason Hirst Foundation, a committed and passionate EWI supporter!

SEE ALL THE EVENT PICTURES HERE, TAGE YOURSELF, AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

WANT TO BE PART OF THE EWI MOVEMENT?
Join in with us to
make a year-end tax deductible donation
and support our work.

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Watch, Vote, and Share to Help an EWI Graduate

Watch, Vote and Share “Rags to Pads”, an important documentary film by Chithra Jeyaram, an EWI graduate and filmmaker who has a real chance of receiving the Audience Award! It is the story of one man who wore a sanitary pad to help his wife and made women hygiene products accessible to women:

Watch her 3-min film. If you like the film VOTE FOR IT. If you really like it, share it among your social media networks!

SEE ALL THE EVENT PICTURES HERE, TAGE YOURSELF, AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

An Evening of Inspiration…

5 Dec

The Magic of EWI’s 10th Anniversary

  • Raised $84,000
  • Celebrated with 200 Fans and Supporters
  • Inspired Leadership and Entrepreneurship

 

An Evening of Inspiration…

” The EWI 10th anniversary celebration was beyond impressive.

You have created a place where the American Dream can actually be achieved.

 You have transformed lives and enabled immigrant women (and others) to break barriers and discover their unique potential

in ways that most could never have believed possible. “

-    Meryl Levine

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The artfully crafted and donated cake by EWI entrepreneur graduates, Elda and Lyzbeth, owners of D’Ellizia

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The special EWI team at work…

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Dianne Lorenz, Board of Directors, and Paul Miller – Proud EWI supporters

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Jan Piercy and Marty Cordes sharing an exciting moment in the program

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Marga Fripp, Congresswoman Connie Morella, and Kate Campbell Stevenson

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Larry and Deborah Blank, EWI supporters and Advisory Board members

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Ron and Marty Cordes, Marga Fripp, Kate Campbell Stevenson, and Jan Piercy

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EWI entrepreneur graduates, Alison Sigethy, Rabia Pervez, and Sharmila Karamchandani, sharing their stories…

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The amazing members of the Giving Circle of Hope Reston

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EWI family who made everything magic…

Want to be part of the EWI movement?

Join in with us to make a year-end tax deductible donation and support our work

THANK YOU AMAZING EWI SUPPORTERS!

Mason Hirst Foundation has joined us as Benefactor and will support EWI’s Grow My Business Program with a gift of $20,000. Magaly and Tom Hirst are dedicated EWI supporters and generous donors of EWI, and their investment helped EWI grow its programs and services across the region.

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Capital One Bank has joined us as Patron and will support EWI’s Grow My Business Program with a gift of $10,000. Capital One bankers work closely with EWI to provide financial mentoring to students in the Entrepreneur Incubator. Below is a picture of EWI women entrepreneurs and Capital One Bankers.

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Flory Jagoda, Jewish-American and Bosnian guitarist, composer and singer, a lifelong supporter of the EWI will be part of the celebration with 2 of her wonderful musicians. Read Flory’s Story

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Andy Shallal, Washington’s most successful entrepreneur-artist-activist and the owner of Busboys and Poets will be part of our 10th Anniversary Benefit. Read Andy’s Story

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Joanne Clark, EWI Board of Directors, Andy Shallal and Marga Fripp

 

Diana Katz and Joan Kasprovicz, Founders of the Giving Circle of Hope and lifelong EWI supporters. We’re so grateful for all the support provided by the members of the Giving Circle of Hope over the years.

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Symphonic Strategies and A. J. Robinson, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of the company will be joining us a Table Sponsor. Symphonic Strategies works with people from all walks of life to help them harmoniously use all of the forces and talents available to them to accomplish something once thought impossible. We work in both the public and private sectors, paying particular attention to human and organizational development strategies that elevate the impact and effectiveness of change agents.

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US Chamber Chamber of Commerce and Taryn Bird, Manager, Global Corporate Citizenship of the company will be attending our event as a Table Sponsor. US Chamber of Commerce is a business federation representing companies, business associations, state and local chambers in the U.S., and American Chambers of Commerce abroad.1368

 

 

Did anyone forget a pair of glasses at our event?  We have them!

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Meet EWI’s Spring 2012 Entrepreneur Graduates!

23 May
Meet EWI’s Spring 2012 Entrepreneur Graduates!

Addie Gail, US

Business: The Gail Consulting Group, a women owned consulting firm providing tailor-made services for businesses

What Addie says…

“I love EWI not for what it teaches about business and the pursuit thereof, but for how as individuals we are going thru this program with different types of businesses born from different cultures and experiences and we have and are bonding together. Encouraging and supporting each other! love it!”

Aida Mady, Egypt
Business:  Cooking and Beyond, a cookbook of Egyptian recipes and its influences from history, culture, family heritage, religion, social life, and humanity.
What Aida says….
“EWI is a good way to help others and myself in establishing a career. ETS is a perfect way to make us discovering our abilities to go forward with our dream. ETS classes, is a deep learning experience and good exposure to other aspects needed in order to transform a vision to a reality.”
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