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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


EWI at the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint George BAZAAR

7 Nov

Come one, come all!

This Saturday, November 10th, the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint George will be hosting a Bazaar of holiday arts, crafts, and more. Including…

  • Holiday decorations
  • Handmade artistry items
  • An assortment of jewelry
  • A variety of specialty crafts
  • Home accessories, collectibles, books and more.
  • And Greek delicacies

More importantly, EWI will have a table, featuring art from our own: Azeb, Velma (About Velma), and Mariam (about Mariam)!

The Bazaar will be from 9am-5pm at
the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George
7701 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 469-7990

“The Ladies Philoptochos Society is the charitable heart of the Greek Orthodox Church.”

Admission is $2.00

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Our Military Kids (www.ourmilitarykids.org)

Evelyn’s VIP Reception and Jewelry Show

10 Oct

Former Entrepreneur Training for Success graduate, Evelyn Brooks, has found great success since her time in the program.

Her jewelry design has brought her recognition internationally, with designs featured in the National Building Museum, The Women’s Museum for the Arts, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Art & Design in New York, among other places.  She recently has been awarded with the Fashion Chamber Choice Award, the Young Entrepreneur Award, the Anna Maria Arias Memorial Business Funds Award, and was labelled one of the most notable peruvian artists in Washington DC by Washington Life magazine.

In honor of her enormous success, the always humble Evelyn will be hosting her annual VIP reception to thank her wonderful clients.  The event will feature an in-house Peruvian chef, and a collection of Evelyn’s latest jewelry designs.

The reception will be on:

November 11th, 2012
from 2-5pm
at the Hawthorn Suites,

420 N. Van Dorn st
Alexandria, VA 22304

And in honor of the 10th anniversary, Evelyn will be generously donating 10% of all jewelry sold to EWI!

Evelyn was born and raised in Peru.  Her father was a jeweler since the age of 14, and her mother ran a successful fashion boutique.  At the age of 21, Evelyn graduated from a business school in Peru and began a career in the travel industry.  Luckily enough, her travels brought her to the DC area, where she found her passion in jewelry, while taking classes at the Torpedo Factory, the Gemological Institute of America, and Empowered Women International.  And as they say, the rest is history….

Best of luck to you, Evelyn, and thank you for your generous gift of donating a portion of your jewelry show sales in honor of EWI’s 10 Year Anniversary!

Marla S. Rudnick on turning childhood curiosity into grown-up creations

18 Jul

Marla Rudnick, a local jewelry maker and sculptor with her roots in Philadelphia, has always had the ability to see new possibility in commonplace things.  While other children her age ran around with model trains and dolls, Marla “liked to take toys apart and put them back together differently.”  It’s no wonder then that her work as a well-established DC artist challenges how we see the form and use of everyday materials.  Fortunately for us, Marla was able to take some time to explain how she has turned her talent for innovation into a form of revenue.

The Prelude

Marla’s interest in art began at a young age with the creative guidance of her mother, Libby Rudnick.  Having found success as a “2D artist” in Philadelphia, Libby frequented art shows around the city and made sure to bring her daughter with her.  Unfortunately for Marla, formal art classes in school proved to be too structured for her unique creation process, causing her to lose interest in art in general for years.

The Epiphany

Marla’s rediscovered her love for the creative process when she combined knitting, a hobby she had maintained since childhood, with silver.  The result of much experimentation with these two elements is a line of distinctive silver jewelry that combine the delicate threads of metal with pearls, stones and beads.

From Enthusiast to Artist

In order to make herself known as an artist, Marla has joined both the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild and the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths.  Marla credits these organizations as “a big part of my support system,” adding that guilds provide the opportunity to learn about other forms of art outside of her metier.  Aside from the networking she does within the guild and the one-on-one visits with her fans, Marla has also made a presence for herself on facebook in order to make herself more accessible to potential buyers.

To conclude, Marla gave us some reassuring info on being an artist in the DC area: not only are there people who are more than willing to support the arts, but there are plenty of venues available for selling art.  Marla’s work, for example, is currently showing at the Fiber Arts Studio at VisArts in Rockville.

Photo by Ralph Gabriner (http://www.gabriner.com/)

EWI would like to thank Marla for talking to us and making her story available to our readers!

To learn more about or contact Marla, visit her website at http://marlasrudnick.com/.

Great Opportunity for EWI Artists

8 Jun

by Lanyapi

Are you an artist who designs clothing, handbags, accessories, or jewelry? Nana, a DC based boutique, values things that are made creatively with a unique design perspective. They are always on the hunt for new and cutting edge designers and know it can be a huge leap to start selling in a retail space. In order to assist start-up fashion designers and for our shop to stock the newest of ideas, they’ve developed an Emerging Designer Program.

by Lanyapi

Vendors who are accepted into the program will have their designs featured in Nana’s shop for 2 months and will receive 50% of the revenue from the sales of their designs. They will advertise your line with Facebook, Twitter, on our website, as well as to our press contacts and extensive email list. Select vendors will have a small meet and greet so that you can meet interested customers. Emerging Designers will be in charge of designing, funding and manufacturing of all of their own designs. Also, if your submissions are clothing, each piece must come in a full run of sizes.

To Apply:

  •     Email Nana photos of at least 6 of your designs.
  •     Send a small bio about you and your background.
  •     Name your line and explain your inspiration.
  •     Submit designs and information to: considerme@nanadc.com with “EMERGING DESIGNER” in the subject line.
  • Vist their application site to learn more!

Ourania, Inc. – Featured Artist: Sabrina

1 Jun

Sabrina is a self-taught jewelry maker and astrological enthusiast. She uses semi-precious gemstones and configures them into beautiful necklaces that represent a person’s birth-chart based on their time and date of birth. Sabrina began making the necklaces as gifts for family and friends during the holidays.

Sabrina discovered Empowered Women International’s Entrepreneur Training for Success while browsing the internet for job opportunities. As soon as she read about ETS, she knew that it was something she needed to part of in order to advance her business idea and begin selling her unique necklaces.

“I have learned many things from EWI, but first and foremost how to see myself as a business woman and entrepreneur. How to feel confident in saying that to people when introducing myself and sharing with others what I do. EWI has truly molded my business out of my personal hobbies and passions, solidifying them into a coherent mission statement. EWI has shown me how to brand myself and envision my business, Ourania, as an extension of myself. It has helped me hash out my goals and lay down a timeline in which to accomplish them. “

Upon compeleting ETS, Sabrina plans to continue to develop and expand her business. She plans on expanding her product line, investing in higher quality materials, and broadening her market. In addition to making her unique beaded jewelry, Sabrina has explored developing her own yoga sequences associated to each zodiac sign. Sabrina has learned about astrology through her own research and has participated in and taught yoga classes and continues to incorporate this into her larger vision of Ourania, Inc.

“I hope to see the flourishing of my start-up, to continue to manifest my vision which I charted on my vision board, and I hope to see opportunities and seize them.”

EWI Benefit Silpada Party!

7 Feb

On Thursday, February 23rd, from 7-9pm, EWI Board Member Samantha Fraelich is  hosting a Silpada jewelry party with her friend Stacy at her home. 15% of the total sales will be donated to Empowered Women International. This is a great chance to get together for some laughs, shop for fun jewelry and support women at the same time!

You can still RSVP and attend!  Register here!

Visit Silpada’s website to start putting your shopping list together!

EWl Trunk Show at Imagine Artwear in Old Town Alexandria! February 4-14th

6 Feb

Visit Imagine Artwear in Old Town Alexandria from February 4-14th to find beautiful handmade EWI artist products perfect for Valentine’s Day gifts!

Find Handmade Aprons, Bath and Beauty Products, Silk Scarves, Valentine Notecards…

Peruvian Seed Bead Jewelry, Fused Glass Jewelry and Art, Rosette Hair Fascinators and much more all crafted by EWI graduates!

1124 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Member Spotlight: Evelyn Brooks

4 Nov

Evelyn Brooks is making a difference in the world one design at a time. She is committed to social responsibility and uses her jewelry line to spread awareness about global issues. A native of Peru, Evelyn traveled the world with the airlines industry prior to becoming a designer. A critical point in her life came on September 11th, 2001. Evelyn was due to fly on the United Airlines flight 93, but was rescheduled to fly one day earlier. As result of this profound experience, Evelyn firmly believes she is living her life as she is meant to by using her talents to help those in need.

Although Evelyn’s father was a jewelry designer, she never expected to follow into his trade. But after her father asked her to design a piece from a box of rubies and sapphires he gave her for Christmas, Evelyn was hooked. She and her husband Bryan launched Evelyn Brooks Designs in October 2004. Since then, Evelyn has used her jewelry to advance the causes of various global issues. She supported environmental conservation by designing pieces for the Green Cup Polo and fought poverty as the exclusive designer for the 2007-2008 Fashion Fights Poverty line of charms. She also uses her jewelry to help her native country, and many of her designs are influenced by Peruvian art and culture.

Evelyn hand-crafts her pieces using precious metals, gemstones, and huayruro seeds from the Amazon. These red or red and black seeds are a signature Evelyn Brooks design. Huayruro seeds represent good luck, protection from negative energy, and happiness. The solid red seeds, which carry feminine energy, are complemented by the seeds that are red and black, which carry masculine energy. Evelyn also designed a men’s jewelry collection in 2010, featuring intricate geometric designs influenced by the Moche civilization of ancient Peru.

Evelyn’s talent and commitment to social change have won her many awards. She was honored as a “jewelry designer of rare talent” after receiving the Young Entrepreneur Award at the Dialogue on Diversity Entrepreneurship Conference in 2010. She was awarded the 2010 Fashion Chamber Choice Award by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and was named an Entrepreneur on the Rise in 2009 by Council Magazine. Evelyn graduated from EWI’s 2007 Entrepreneurship Training, and received the Outstanding Artist Achievement award by EWI.

Evelyn continues to use her jewelry business to fight for global issues. EWI applauds Evelyn for the positive work she is doing with her unique and beautiful pieces of jewelry!

To view more of Evelyn’s work or to purchase an item please visit our Etsy Shop.

To learn more about Evelyn’s work, visit her website: http://www.ebrooksdesigns.com/index.html

Join us this Friday for Beads of Courage, an evening of Storytelling and Jewelry Making

10 Oct

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, EWI is hosting,

Beads of Courage, 2011 – A Storytelling and Jewelry Making Workshop.

Join us for a special evening of storytelling, jewelry making and strength sharing, in honor of all the women who are affected by domestic violence at home and around the world.  During the event we’ll be also providing information about domestic violence resources in the DC Metro Area. If you’ve ever had the desire to learn how to make jewelry or want to improve your skill, join us to make inspiring jewelry as a symbolic reminder of the personal strength and courage of domestic violence survivors.

The Inspiration for Beads of Courage:

In March 2005, Empowered Women International lost an amazing woman artist and friend. Diana was only 33 and a mother of four, when she became a victim of domestic violence.

A talented artist and passionate cultural explorer, Diana started to create jewelry as a hobby combining old beads with fresh ideas and creative design, which resulted in amazing new art pieces. A mother of four young children, Diana searched for a way to engage her time in a creative endeavor and also to express her passion for arts, history and culture. Her striking designs and jewelry collection were featured at Empowered Women International and The Bead Museum in Washington, DC.

When: October 14th from 6pm to 8:30pm
Where: 1801 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302
Who: Women and Young Girls
Cost: Free of Charge

***Beading Supplies will be available for purchase

Profit from beading supply sales will benefit EWI’s Entrepreneurship Fund for Women to provide business start-up scholarship and support services for women experiencing domestic violence.

Register here.

This program was supported in part by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.