Meet former Entrepreneurship Training for Success (ETS) mentor and freelance writer Marcela Kogan. This bilingual mother of two saw opportunities for personal and professional growth through volunteering for EWIs mentoring program. She was also impelled to get involved with EWI due to her capacity to help individuals with language and cultural barriers.
Marcela came into the program with an open mind and an eagerness to learn how to support her mentees. Marcela expressed that it was easier for her to get acclimated to the program’s operations with the help of EWI staff and students. The clearly defined step–by–step process to initiate a business plan coupled with the enthusiasm of EWI students like Charmelle Clark motivated Marcela to continue in on the program. When Marcela entered the program she was uncertain about how she could contribute to EWI’s students development and successes. However, she found that her life experiences proved more valuable than she initially believed.
Marcela was impressed by a group of women, who despite their personal baggage, were determined to succeed and turn their dreams into a reality. She, too, knew what it felt like to be insecure in mastering the English language and could relate to the challenges faced by mothers from diverse backgrounds. She mentioned that EWI students carry their own baggage as mothers and underserved individuals but in spite of this they are achieving their goals. “They (EWI staff and students) inspired her to have the same type of courage in her own life.”
With a commitment of three hours a week for nine months, Marcela noted that the program was intensive but extremely manageable. She was amazed how EWI helped women see the possibilities of their own talents. “We forget we have bigger dreams and goals and this is a good way to get back to those dreams and create new ones.” She also mentioned that this program is great for those people who want to be immersed in cultures from around the world while expanding their views of themselves.
To learn more about how you can become a mentor to a group of phenomenal women, please email Mary Marino at email@example.com or visit EWI at ewint.org
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By LaNesha Kearse, Marketing & Communications Intern