On July 23rd 2011, the spring Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) class graduated surrounded by fellow Empowered Women International (EWI) members, mentors, family supporters, and neighbors, at the Takoma Park Community Center. Documenting this momentous occasion, and searching for the deeper impact that EWI has on the lives of the women it serves, was Georgetown Graduate student, Mona Mogahed.
During the course of the graduation Mogahed captured key moments and interviewed several of the recent and past graduates, and EWI president and founder, Marga Fripp. Mogahed’s radio commentary piece is titled “Local Business Training Course Helps Struggling Women Capitalize on their Creative Potential.”
Sharing their journeys the women of Empowered Women International show a glimpse of the community, growth and support system that naturally develops during the three month ETS program. As graduate Sarah Jawaid commented, the ETS program not only gave her the skills to grow her business, but also the confidence to succeed.
Empowered Women International is proud to present this video production “Entrepreneur Training for Success” including photos of the spring 2011 ETS program accompanied by Mona Mogahed’s audio commentary.
Mona Mogahed is currently studying at Georgetown University to complete her Masters Degree in Journalism. She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin where she studied Rhetoric, Religious Studies, and Middle East Studies. Following graduation, she spent one year living in Egypt through the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program, a fellowship for advanced Arabic study based at the American University in Cairo. She is a native of Madison, Wisconsin. Mona’s family has Egyptian roots, which allowed her to connect deeply with the immigrant and refugee women that EWI serves.
Film Directed by EWI Program Manager Shannon Lynberg