On Sunday October 4th, Empowered Women International and five of our amazing entrepreneurs participated in the New Americans Expo at the Silver Spring Civic Center. The New Americans Expo is an informative community event of Montgomery County for the “New Americans” or immigrants. There were many booths with vendors, organizations and service providers, informative events, and performances.

EWI Entrepreneurs and Staff Accept Award

EWI is honored to be chosen as the Communities Inclusion Award winner

Chief Empowerment Officer, Florence and Paulette receiving the Community Inclusion Award.
Chief Empowerment Officer, Florence and Paulette receiving the Community Inclusion Award.

Empowered Women International was selected at the first ever winner of the 2015 Community Inclusion Award to recognize its commitment to all women in their pursuit to monetize their knowledge and creative abilities as a pathway toward autonomy. The Community Inclusion Award is a recognition of nonprofits that are making a positive impact on their communities and neighborhoods, inspire others to foster diversity and promote integration.

The award was presented by Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive, at the inauguration ceremonies of the New Americans Expo on October 4, 2015. Many staff, alumni, students and board members were there to celebrate with us.

Florence Navarro, EWI Chief Empowerment Officer, participated in the panel discussion. Other panelists were

  • Sahar Khamis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Khamis, Moderator moderator and panelist
  • Joy Mbajah, Founder & Owner, Public Health Ventures in Washington, DC; EWI graduate.
  • Karla Silvestre, Director of Community Engagement, Office of Advancement and Community Engagement, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
  • Lily Qi, Director of Special Projects, Office of the County Executive, Montgomery County, MD

During the event, EWI had a booth set up to introduce EWI to the community. IMG_4643. Five EWI alumni also had booths to sell there goods and promote their businesses.

As a new EWI intern, this was my first time to participate in such event and see many amazing alumni and business women selling their products and promoting their businesses. It was a inspirational to see the passion for what they do and what they sell. The home-like warmth of everyone from EWI reminds me why I sought this internship with EWI. I felt that EWI was receiving the award for the warmth and inclusive atmosphere built by all of the people involved.

Special thanks to EWI’s supporters who make it possible to empower New Americans to become amazing entrepreneurs.

EWI at the New Americans Expo
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