Member Spotlight: Laura Descher, Entrepreneur Training for Success Program Intern

16 Aug

Laura wearing a necklace she created at the Summer EWI Craft Retreat

Laura Descher recently completed her summer Entrepreneur Training for Success Program Internship with Empowered International. Laura immersed herself in the Entrepreneur Training for Success Program(ETS) and attended weekly classes, acting as a mentor and student.    Through the program Laura came to not only learn about the amazing women entrepreneurs she served, but also empowering things about herself.

Laura reflected of her experience, “The first night I showed up to an ETS class back in May, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  There is really no adequate description for how inspiring it can be to sit in a room full of women with such drive and passion about what they create, and their energy has made me think of being creative and the difference it can make in people’s lives through business in a whole new way.  I don’t think in my life I would have ever been brave enough to take the risk of starting my own business, but after just sitting in on these classes and talking through the plans and possibilities ETS students have in front of them, it not only made me completely confident in them but also confident in my own abilities and future.”

Laura with Outreach and Volunteer Manager, Erin Liggan, at the We the People Event

Additionally Laura was instrumental in researching ways of growing EWI’s ETS program both online and nationally, securing funding, and in reaching out to donors and past ETS graduates.  Laura aided EWI in organizing at the multi-cultural one day We the People event, as well as the Spring 2011 Entrepreneur Training for Success Graduation.  She stated that, “This internship allowed me to see and experience all the small details of running a non-profit, from securing funding and talking to donors to selling products, researching outreach methods and talking about the program.”  “Working at EWI has been rewarding for me both personally and professionally, and I can’t wait to get involved again when I’m back from Egypt! ”

Laura earned her B.A. in Political Science and French from McDaniel College and is now a graduate student at American University studying International Peace and Conflict Resolution.  She is particularly interested in human rights, specifically in designing post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation programs addressing women’s empowerment issues.  Laura is a Los Angeles native, but has been living and studying in Maryland and DC for five years; she also lived in Nyons, France for the 2009-2010 school year where she taught English to high school students and had the opportunity to travel to Hungary, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Morocco.    Laura’s most recent travels take her to Egypt for the Fall 2011 semester where she will be continuing coursework for her Masters.

EWI would like to thank Laura for her hard work, research and dedication and looks forward to working with her when she returns from her semester in Egypt!


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