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An Evening of Inspiration…

5 Dec

The Magic of EWI’s 10th Anniversary

  • Raised $84,000
  • Celebrated with 200 Fans and Supporters
  • Inspired Leadership and Entrepreneurship


An Evening of Inspiration…

” The EWI 10th anniversary celebration was beyond impressive.

You have created a place where the American Dream can actually be achieved.

 You have transformed lives and enabled immigrant women (and others) to break barriers and discover their unique potential

in ways that most could never have believed possible. “

–    Meryl Levine


The artfully crafted and donated cake by EWI entrepreneur graduates, Elda and Lyzbeth, owners of D’Ellizia


The special EWI team at work…


Dianne Lorenz, Board of Directors, and Paul Miller – Proud EWI supporters


Jan Piercy and Marty Cordes sharing an exciting moment in the program


Marga Fripp, Congresswoman Connie Morella, and Kate Campbell Stevenson


Larry and Deborah Blank, EWI supporters and Advisory Board members


Ron and Marty Cordes, Marga Fripp, Kate Campbell Stevenson, and Jan Piercy


EWI entrepreneur graduates, Alison Sigethy, Rabia Pervez, and Sharmila Karamchandani, sharing their stories…


The amazing members of the Giving Circle of Hope Reston


EWI family who made everything magic…

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Mason Hirst Foundation has joined us as Benefactor and will support EWI’s Grow My Business Program with a gift of $20,000. Magaly and Tom Hirst are dedicated EWI supporters and generous donors of EWI, and their investment helped EWI grow its programs and services across the region.


Capital One Bank has joined us as Patron and will support EWI’s Grow My Business Program with a gift of $10,000. Capital One bankers work closely with EWI to provide financial mentoring to students in the Entrepreneur Incubator. Below is a picture of EWI women entrepreneurs and Capital One Bankers.



Flory Jagoda, Jewish-American and Bosnian guitarist, composer and singer, a lifelong supporter of the EWI will be part of the celebration with 2 of her wonderful musicians. Read Flory’s Story


Andy Shallal, Washington’s most successful entrepreneur-artist-activist and the owner of Busboys and Poets will be part of our 10th Anniversary Benefit. Read Andy’s Story


Joanne Clark, EWI Board of Directors, Andy Shallal and Marga Fripp


Diana Katz and Joan Kasprovicz, Founders of the Giving Circle of Hope and lifelong EWI supporters. We’re so grateful for all the support provided by the members of the Giving Circle of Hope over the years.


Symphonic Strategies and A. J. Robinson, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of the company will be joining us a Table Sponsor. Symphonic Strategies works with people from all walks of life to help them harmoniously use all of the forces and talents available to them to accomplish something once thought impossible. We work in both the public and private sectors, paying particular attention to human and organizational development strategies that elevate the impact and effectiveness of change agents.


US Chamber Chamber of Commerce and Taryn Bird, Manager, Global Corporate Citizenship of the company will be attending our event as a Table Sponsor. US Chamber of Commerce is a business federation representing companies, business associations, state and local chambers in the U.S., and American Chambers of Commerce abroad.1368



Did anyone forget a pair of glasses at our event?  We have them!




Have You Reserved Your Tickets Yet?!

15 Nov


Join us to celebrate 10 years of innovation and social change, and invest in the next decade of women entrepreneurs.

December 1, 5-8pm
Rock Creek Mansion, Bethesda MD


Event Program

Keynote Speaker
Congresswoman Connie Morella

Former U.S. Rep. Constance A. Morella (R-Md.) was the first female member of the Maryland General Assembly to be elected to the U.S. Congress, where she represented Maryland’s 8th District from 1987 to 2003. During her 16 years in the House of Representatives, Morella was known as one of the few remaining moderate Republicans and developed a reputation as an advocate for women, children and families.

Inspiring Women Innovators

Velma Crawford, an EWI graduate entrepreneur sharing her passion and inspiration for making one of a kind aprons.

Ingenious Art from Salvaged Materials

Alison Sigethy’s Striking Sea Core Bublle Tubes will be on display during the event.

Art and Culinary Demonstrations

Artful Desserts by EWI Entrepreneurs Elda and Lyzbeth

Sit-down Buffet Dinner and Cash Bar

Enjoy a Wonderful Selection of Culinary Dishes from Around the World

Aida May, a gourmet chef and EWI graduate, will be presenting dishes from Egyptian Cuisine.

Silent and Live Auction

A fine selection of auction items including:

Weekend Vacation in an Idyllic American Town
Spa Gift Certificates
Gourmet Gift Baskets
Original Paintings and Quilts
Exclusive 10th Anniversary Jewelry
Silk Art Scarves & Aprons
In-home Wine Tasting
Tickets to Musical Perfomances
and much more…

Live Music with “Hurricane” Howie and the spirited band Rita Clarke and the Naturals

Special guests to include

Flory Jagoda, Jewish-American and Bosnian guitarist, composer, and singer; a lifelong supporter of EWI.

Andy Shallal, Washington’s most successful entrepreneur-artist-activist and the owner of Busboys and Poets.

Diana Katz and Joane Kasprovicz, fouders of the Giving Circle of Hope

Tickets are tax-deductible and available online, by phone or check:
Phone: (571) 312-4781
Check: 320 S. Henry St.
Alexandria VA 22314

Get Yours HERE

10 Years Ago in Photos

9 Nov

A lot has happened in the past 10 years.   But through the tumult, Empowered Women International has grown.  What was once just a dream in young Marga Fripp’s head, is now a fully functioning, international organization.

In honor of our 10 year milestone, here are a few photos of our staff, so that we may reflect on how far we’ve come…

(and If you haven’t already, RSVP to our 10 year anniversary gala HERE)

President & Executive Director, Marga, now

Marga, then

Program Manager Mary, Now

Mary, then

Outreach Coordinator, Perri, now

Perri, then (on the right)

Perri, and the origin of her hipster influence (bottom left)

Development Associate, Alexandra, now

Alexandra, then

Alexandra, then

ETS Rockville Intern, Charlia, now

Charlia, then

Charlia, then

Media and Outreach Intern, Jeremy, now

Jeremy, then

Jeremy, then

Development Intern, Melinda, now

Melinda, then

Melinda, then

Video and Film Intern, Sam, now

Sam, then (bottom right)

ETS Alexandria Intern, Mina, now

Mina, then

Mina, then

Till the 20 year anniversary!

PARTY with EWI at the 10th Anniversary Event!

28 Sep

EWI recently put together a team of mathematicians, and after days of calculations, we are able to verify: Empowered Women International will be turning 10!

That’s right, a whole decade EWI has been around.  And in honor of this momentous milestone, we will be partying…

Saturday, December 1st from 5-8 pm at the Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, MD.

This is more than just a 10 year anniversary, this is an opportunity to recognize all the wonderful things that EWI has done, and to toast to the next 10 years.

We expect 200 supporters and benefactors to attend.  Our guest speaker will be Congresswoman Connie Morella, who will help transition us into an evening of music, dancing, auctions, and delicious food from around the world.

The  event will showcase EWI’s own changemakers and their micro-enterprises, and will feature live music, culinary demonstrations, and art by graduates of the EWI entrepreneurial program.

The spirited band Rita Clark and the Naturals will be joining us with a live performance of jazz, blues, zydeco, funk, rock and cajun. The band is the capital area’s go-to band for first-class Louisiana-style, ultra-danceable rhythm & blues.

Tickets  are on sale at $75/person until Nov 1, 2012 and include a sit down  dinner of international culinary delights, live music and an inspiring evening of art, creativity and women’s stories.

Tickets are available, and will increase to $100/person after November 1.

Make a tax-deductible donation, to help us empower more women.

Become a sponsor, and be part of this exciting event. Marketing opportunities are available to promote your company!

Our goal is to raise $75,000 by December 1st for our new program “Grow My Business”

Grow My Business will be a 9 month extension of our Entrepreneur Training for Success program.  It will help ETS graduates and other women entrepreneurs to build solid business plans and access capital.  Please contribute.

We  hope you will join with us to celebrate a decade of powerful work in  helping newcomers make America their home, creating jobs through entrepreneurship, and carving new pathways to self-sufficiency for  women.

Thanks for all you do to support our work!

10th Anniversary Special Guests:
Eleanor Clift, Newsweek
Rita Clark and The Naturals Band

Benefit Donors & Sponsors:
Amina H. Shafi, Brian Hartman, Dianne Lorenz, Eileen Kessler, Joanna K. Lyckberg, Larry E. Paul, Melissa Reitkopp, Mimi Hassanein, Risa Bender, Synthia Woodcock-Dang, CariBeat, Awards Limousine Service, Inc.