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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

Steel Magnolias Show to Benefit EWI, this Thurs/Fri/Sat!

22 Oct

Just a reminder, this weekend only, Group Therapy Productions presents Robert Harling’s comedy-drama STEEL MAGNOLIAS, at the Convergence Sanctuary.

In honor of the 10 year anniversary, all proceeds from the show will benefit
Empowered Women International!   

STEEL MAGNOLIAS focuses on the camaraderie of six southern women who talk, gossip, and harangue each other through the best of times and comfort and repair one another through the worst. The play is alternately hilarious and touching with six female characters that are delicate as magnolias yet as strong as steel.

Performances will be:

Thursday, October 25th at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 26th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 8:00 pm


The Convergence Sanctuary
1801 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA

Tickets are a suggested $20 donation, but no one will be turned away, please pay what you can to support EWI.

Tickets may be purchased from any cast member or email us at mailto:gt.productions9@gmail.com

About “Group Therapy Productions”

What do you get when you cross a group of sensitive actresses, a director, producer, little money but an abundance of inspiration and energy, and a burning desire to help others?  Group Therapy Productions.

The roots of “Group Therapy” can be traced to Charles Dickens.  In December of 2011, the members of “Group Therapy” were all involved in a production of A Christmas Carol at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.  Whether it was the show, the holiday, shared values, or just love of theatre, this group of women formed a strong bond that they refused to break.    The women began meeting to discuss and share their new acting ventures, classes, and life experiences.  One member jokingly called it “Group Therapy”, and the title stuck.  It was in April’s “Group Therapy” session that it dawned on them that they had the perfect cast for Steel Magnolias, and the idea took off.  In keeping with shared feelings to provide an uplifting environment of support for each other, they want to continue that objective, the fostering of women supporting women, and all proceeds from the production will go to Empowered Women International.

CAST:   STEEL MAGNOLIAS is produced by Kendall Hermsdorf and Hannah Wolf, directed by Robin Parker and showcases Janette Moman (Truvy), Rachel Gray (Annelle), Suzanne Martin (M’Lynn), Maria Ciarrocchi (Shelby), Tricia O’Neill-Politte  (Clairee), and Mary Lou Bruno (Ousier).

We are so appreciative of your generosity, thank you Group Therapy Productions!

Where the action was — Ten Thousand Villages!

1 Oct

We’d like to thank everyone who came out for the Benefit Event at Ten Thousand Villages on Saturday the 22nd! It was a fantastic evening with a great turnout. There were new faces and familiar faces and we all had a chance to shop for a very good cause.

A special shout-out to Alicia Greenwood at Ten Thousand Villages for putting this all together, and the amazing staff who helped out. Also, thank you to Mariam and Lizzie, both ETS Spring 2012 graduates who came to share their stories. Mariam, from Tanzania, brought her handmade Kanga bags, and Lizzie, from Ghana, came with her to-die-for gluten-free cupcakes.

One of the wonderful new connections we made was with Destiny Wiggins, who gave us a little shout-out on her Black For A Cause blog.  A few women from the Westminster Presbyterian Church were there, as well as small contingent of new fans through our stellar volunteer, Monique. We garnered a few new potential volunteers and mentors, had a couple of inquiries about our ETS program, and were delighted by handful of new partnerships.

A huge thank you to all who attended. It was a resounding success in so many ways and we could not have done it without you. Because of you, EWI is that much closer to empowering women reach their dreams of launching their own business.

Great energy throughout the evening!

Marga and two supporters from Westminster Presbyterian Church

Lizzy with Peggy Seufert, a big fan of both EWI and TTV.

Our former intern Teal and her boyfriend, getting their early Christmas shopping done!

TTV Volunteers/Sales Associates Beth and Julie

Volunteer extraordinaire Monique McSween, her sister-in-law Malva McSween and Marga

Mariam with her lovely handmade Kanga bags with Lizzy and her delicious gluten-free cupcakes.

With our many friends and supporters of EWI who came out to make it such a wonderfully grand time.
With all of you, the sky is the limit on what we can do to empower women entrepreneurs!

EWI at Ten Thousand Villages Event, Saturday September 22

18 Sep

Join us

for an evening celebrating women artisans in Alexandria and around the world.

A percentage of sales will benefit Empowered Women International.

Recent EWI grads will be present to share their stories.

Come shop, learn, and mingle with a purpose…

Saturday, September 22

7-10 pm

Ten Thousand Villages

915 King St

Alexandria, VA 22314


Please RSVP to a Ten Thousand Villages staff or volunteer, call 703-684-1435.

Or email outreach.alexandria@tenthousandvillages.com

See you there!

EWI is a Power Partner for the Women’s Consortium Power Conference!

3 Aug

On August 30th, the Women’s Consortium will be holding what they expect to be “the largest, most relevant local women’s conference of the year”, and EWI will be represented by our Chair, Kate Campbell Stevenson, as a Power Partner at this exciting event!

The mission of the conference is to gather as many women entrepreneurs as possible in one place to facilitate information exchange and develop a network of like-minded individuals whose sheer numbers will inspire policymakers and others to help develop female-run small businesses.

The informational lectures and expo will be held at the Montgomery County Conference Center in the North Bethesda Marriott.  Attendees have the option of registering for the conference in its entirety or just the expo.  And in case you’re not at least a little bit intrigued yet, here’s a list of some of the lecture topics:

“Doing Business With Montgomery County”

“101 Ways to Generate Publicity”

“Make Your Place in the Global Supply Chain”

“Building an Advisory Dream Team”

Register here to be a part of this historic event! We’ll see you there!

Between Women: Gates of Ballston Community Center Event

24 May

Hellina, Alexandra, Velma, Marga, and Perri

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, Marga Fripp was the featured guest speaker at the event ‘Between Women’ organized by the Arlington, Virginia Community Outreach Program. The event was held at the Gates of Ballston Community Center. The main themes of the program dwelled on self-defense class, arts and crafts project, healthy relationships, and how to take care of you. The program was attended by more than 50 participants. The majority of the participants were from the Hispanic community.

In her speech, Marga shared her inspiring life experiences beginning with her journey to the US and the challenges she faced in the processes of integration into the US community as well as the coping mechanisms she used to become successful at the level she is today. From the lessons that she learned from her own experiences, she stressed on the importance of language and education as a vehicle of integration. And therefore she urged everyone to begin learning the English language as a first step to enhance their communication skills and eliminate the stumbling block to integration.

Marga speaking at the Gates of Ballston Community CenterMarga further talked about the works and programs of Empowered Women International. She explained to the participants that the program is there to empower immigrant, refugee and low-income artist women through entrepreneurship training, mentoring, coaching and micro-enterprise services to make them self-reliant and self-sufficient. She also stressed that to be enrolled in the program a woman should have creativity and talent in art (paining, jewelry making, dancing…) must be passionate about it, and motivated to transform dreams into reality and to change the talent/passion into business. Following a detailed presentation of the program, Marga invited one of EWI’s graduate, Velma Crawford, to make a brief presentation in sharing her own experiences.

Velma spoke about how she first came in contact with EWI with her own passion and hobby of making her grandmother’s aprons. She further shared her life changing experience by mentioning how the entrepreneur training and personalized mentoring with EWI has helped her transform her passion into business. She is now a successful business woman selling her aprons and is now giving back to the community by donating money out of the proceeds of her sales to support other causes.


Marga Fripp Speaking at Between Women!

5 Apr

Past ETS Graduate, Tacha Coleman Parr, to Perform at 2012 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

6 Dec

Empowered Women International is proud to announce that Entrepreneur Training for Success graduate and jazz singer, Tacha Coleman Parr, will be appearing at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival!

The performance features and honors one of DC’s Jazz treasures, pianist Ron Elliston.  The show will include original compositions by Ron and his late wife, Ronnie Wells-Elliston.

Where: Regency Room/Jazz club of the Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20582

When: Sunday, February 19th at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $20 Can be purchased online or by calling 301.563.9330

Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!

To learn more about Tacha, visit her website

Miracle on King Street: December 9-10th!

14 Nov

Empowered Women International and the Alexandria Singers proudly present their 2011 Holiday Pops Concert, the Miracle on King Street!

Join Empowered Women International for an evening of music, festivity and shopping on December 9th-10th.  Fun for the whole family with a special guest appearance by Santa!.

Show Times:

December 9th at 7:30pm

December 10th at 2pm and 7:30pm

Purchase Tickets Online Now!

Come early to browse and shop the Artisans Market! The Artisans of Empowered Women International (EWI) will join the Singers to celebrate the season by presenting one of kind handmade goods including hand-painted silk scarves, jewelry designs, knitted scarves, original fine art and prints, notecards, and a natural line of bath and body products. Cash and credit cards welcome. Proceeds benefit EWI and its women members.