Today is about love; our unique ability to make the world a better place.
A chance to reflect once more on what makes us rise above ordinary… It is not about what we possess, but about what we give. The extraordinary actions we take everyday that change people’s lives.
And that’s just what we do. It’s all wrapped in love.
So, to this note, I want to add without writing a book that these past 6 weeks of the year (when you haven’t heard from me a whole lot) I have been everywhere along with our team making change happen.
EWI is growing by leaps and bounds, and as exciting as it is, it’s also incredibly intense and transformational in all ways.
We’re revising our core entrepreneurship curriculum and the schedule of classes based on feedback from our students, trainers and mentors. This took a little longer than we have expected, but we have some awesome new features in our training.
The revised entrepreneurship training offers more hands-on mentoring with industry experts, a more effective financial planning module and applied learning through guest speaker entrepreneurs, peer support and networking with successful entrepreneurs and women leaders.
We are also developing a new nine-month business accelerator program to support women entrepreneurs growing their micro-businesses. This program will include monthly group advising sessions with established entrepreneurs, financial advising, one-on-one business coaching, and micro-loan applications.
The ultimate goal is to help our graduates’ startups grow and go the distance. A business pitch contest will complete the program, and graduates will have the chance to win cash prizes to support their business.
As I write to you our team is busy interviewing amazing women for our Entrepreneur Training for Success starting in April.
If you know of an immigrant or low-income woman who wants to make a living working for herself, doing what she loves, send her our way. We provide scholarships for qualified low-income women. Read more and refer her to EWI.
We work with a wide community of talented and skilled creative entrepreneurs who start micro-businesses to support themselves, their families and communities. Some are entrepreneurs in art, music, film, food and the beauty industry, and others in education, business consulting, nutrition and wellness, cleaning services and other home based services.
These entrepreneurs are the backbone of our local economy, and their innovations, passion and dedication make the world a better place for all.
Read more in the next sections about amazing EWI entrepreneurs who break societal barriers through their work and inspire us all of us.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you supporting our journey to empower changemakers to act on their passion and skills.
Onward and Upward!
Marga C. Fripp
Founder & Chief Visionary
Empowered Women International
(originally published on EWI’s Newsletter 02/15/2013)