Incredible Moments at the Graduation Reception & Business Showcase

10 Jul


Entrepreneur Graduates, Class 2013

Entrepreneurs Graduation Reception & Business Showcase Special Moments…

Thank you so much for your support over the past months to help Empowered Women’s immigrant, refugee and low-income women build businesses, create jobs and gain confidence to pursue their dreams.

With your support we graduated a class of 19 entrepreneurs last week at Montgomery College and experienced the powerful transformation of these courageous women.

Highlights from EWI Entrepreneurs Graduation, June 25, 2013
A film production by Ernesto Rivera

Business Plan Pitch Winners!
$2,000 in cash prizes to support their startups

1546Reneta Bennett Winning the 3rd place in the Business Plan Pitch Contest

1st place: Dicey & Nneka Scroggins – $1,000
2nd place: Reneta Bennett – $500
3rd place: Sarah Folts – $250
Runner up: Floralba Camargo – $125
Second Runner Up: Julie Hyo Park – $125

1536A heartfelt thank you to our amazing Business Pitch Judges.
We couldn’t have done it without you!

Lloyd McCormick, ChildFund International
Kevin Kelly, ECDC-Enterprise Development Group
Earl Furfine, CPA, PMP, CITP
Claire Alexander, Palindrome Advisors
Ryan Ulbrich, Raise DC
Tony Alexis, Yamas Restaurant
Lydia Patrick, Webclearly LLC
Adam Kulikowski, Capital One
Anastasia Kadantseva, Capital One
Bo Chipman, Interface Financial Group
Dr. Jayfus Doswell, Juxtopia
Aminta Perez-Gold, IADB
Maria Luisa Hayem, IADB

tacha coleman parr


Tacha Coleman Parr, Spring 2010 Graduate, was Mistress of Ceremonies


100% created a business plan
100% learned pricing strategies
76% improved their money management skills
82% feel they are better role models within their families and communities
100% expanded their social network and support system
75% are in a better position to send their children to college in the future
71% improved their leadership skills
82% improved their self-confidence & self-esteem
70% feel that the program helped improve their products/services
65% created an online presence for business
100% rated EWI program as excellent

1545Mary Louise Marino, Melissa Saucedo, Siobhan Quinn, Karla Silvestre, Marga Fripp, David Sears, and Toya Powell

“I am amazed at all the women who have taken a step to depend on their talents and faith to start a process of self-fulfillment. EWI offered us so much… It was up to us to take advantage of it. I believe in this program. This was one of the best experiences of my life right now! EWI gave life to an idea, and in so doing, gave life to those who were willing to give life to their ideas. In so doing, let us continue to choose life as we will always be ‘life givers.’ Peace and Prosperity!” -Annette McNeil, ETS Spring Graduate


Our deep appreciation to our burgeoning partner Montgomery College for hosting and generously sponsoring this year’s Graduation Reception and Business Showcase at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center.


1547Sarah Folts, Graduate and Marga Fripp


Capital One Bank
The Community Foundation For The National Capital Region
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts
The Mason Hirst Foundation
In Focus Foundation
ACT for Alexandria
Dalal & Company
The Washington Forrest Foundation
The Giving Circle of Hope Reston
AmeriCorps Vista
The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation
Cordes Foundation
The Catalogue for Philanthropy
Westminster Presbyterian Church
The William and Sylvia Cohen Family Fund
and generous supporters like you!

1548Mimi Hassanein, Carolyn Bloom, and Marga Fripp


Capital One
In Focus Foundation
Earl Furfine
Yamas Mediterranean Grill

Special Thanks

Ike Leggett
County Executive, Montgomery County

David Sears
Senior Vice President of Advancement and Community Engagement, Montgomery College

Chuck Short
Special Assistant to Montgomery County Executive

Karla Silvestre
Latino Liaison to County Executive Ike Leggett 
& Manager of the
Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity

Lindsay Camacho
Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen

1549EWI Amazing Team of Champions who Make the World Go Round…

Check out more photos from the event


Rebecca Jami
Jami Production & Design

Tacha Coleman Parr, EWI Alumni
Graduation Mistress of Ceremonies

Aida Mady, EWI Alumni
Cooking & Beyond

Ernesto A. Rivera
Video & Photography

Jen Cubas, Photographer
Art Institute of Washington


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