Florence Navarro
Chief Empowerment Officer

Since June, when I started as Director, I’ve had a chance to speak with many of you. You may even have a phone message or email from me in your inbox. I’m thrilled at the tremendous inspiration and energy you all have, and wanted to take a minute to share a little more about me.

Florence Navarro (in white) with EWI staff and volunteers
From the left, Aidy Mady, Deborah V. Rogers, Florence Navarro, Kim Booher, Clare McGowan, Amy Wu, Sharmila Karamchandani and Mary Louise Marino

When juggling work, household, and family needs, staying healthy and keeping sane, I too can find it hard to stay focused on what really matters. To do our best work, and create the most impact, we must each carefully examine what makes us unique and special – and do more of it. Yet it’s easy to get bogged down by everyday details like a bottomless email inbox, overdue reports or payments, or unfocused meetings. At home I find myself struggling to pick the parenting battles that really matter: how do we limit our children’s electronic use? what about the ‘no shoes on the hallway floor’ policy? Remembering our “Why” can be re-energizing.

Martin Luther King didn’t say, ‘I have a plan.’ He said, ‘I have a dream.’
Simon Sinek @simonsinek

I often listen to TED talks while cooking or folding the laundry. This talk from Simon Sinek is one of my favorites, and provokes me with the question of ‘Why do we do what we do?’

This reminds me why I’m so proud to be part of the EWI team, and excited to start our next Entrepreneur Training in Success (ETS) class in Rockville starting Sept. 30th (ETS), and our special class in cooperation with the Dar Al-Hijrah in Herndon.

We would love to hear from you what is Your Why. Please share with us: why did you start your business? why do you volunteer with us? why do you donate? why do you wake up every day?

What’s your Why?
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