In late 2014, Rashida moved to the Washington, DC area completely open to new adventures, ready for a change, and searching for a special place to call home. She was ready to explore the DMV area had to offer and wanted to gain exposure to what she is passionate about: community development, economic empowerment, and women and minority rights.
A few months into Rashida’s journey, she discovered EWI. For her, EWI had it all. There was so much support and encouragement for people from a variety of backgrounds and stories. “From the moment I first walked through the doors at EWI, I knew this was a special place.” Rashida’s first EWI event was October 2014 at the Fall 2014 ETS Meet and Greet event. The event was a launching pad where creative and driven women converged to see their dreams start to take off. Rashida was moved to see so much creativity and support in once place. EWI was doing really great work and she was so thankful to be a part something so profound and unique that night. All the while, she knew that her time with EWI wouldn’t end there.
Within the next few weeks, Rashida was working with the organization as a programs intern. She recalls her experience working for EWI, “Working here is hands down, one of the coolest things I have ever done and one of the greatest opportunities for knowledge and growth that I’ve ever had. I learned so much as an intern and was so moved by the passion, creativity, warmth and fortitude of the staff.”
EWI did not only help Rashida grow in her professional aspirations, but also re-opened an entrepreneurial dream of her own that she had been carrying for years. She always wanted to open an online shop to sell her own artwork, including, wedding stationery, journals, calendars, greeting cards, and home decor for the adventurous and light at heart. Rashida enrolled in the Spring 2015 Entrepreneur Training for Success program and the process of turning her dreams into a reality is underway. Every week brings a new sets of opportunities from learning and analyzing herself to creating new business strategies. Rashida notes that “the accountability, structure, constructive feedback and encouragement from trainers, mentors, and fellow students makes it hard for me to feel like I will fail. Yes, the process is daunting at times, but I know I can do this.” She cannot wait to see how she and her business grows over the next 3 months and is grateful to everyone who made her scholarship to the program possible.