What a Magical Day!

Despite the cold weather outside, EWI’s Holiday Gift Marketplace at The Whittemore House was warm, welcoming, and full of great energy for all! It was a very special day that allowed us to highlight the bounty of talents, gifts and creativity women entrepreneurs bring to the world, and the motivation behind EWI. There was a continuous flow of people, eager to shop and get to know more about our women’s businesses and make connections.

 Thank you to the generous team of the Whittemore House for sponsoring this event, and to all who came out to support our entrepreneurs.

Wishing You and Yours a Wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Marga & EWI Team


Paulette Mpouma of The Africa Game 
with Carolyn Friedman, Entrepreneurship Mentor 
 Thank you for organizing and inviting me to participate in EWI’s First Annual Holiday Marketplace. The venue was gorgeous and the whole experience was just amazing and so inspiring… participating in the marketplace has re-energized me to pursue my dreams of making AIA Inspired Designs the huge success I envision.
  -Angela Sargent, AIA Inspired Designs
Suzanne Morgan of Native Spirit 


EWI staff, board and advisory board

Truly an inspirational day! Loved “showing off” our entrepreneurs to my friends and family, and watching them grow their businesses in real-time!

   -Deborah Blank, EWI Advisory Board & Trainer
Elizabeth Coker of MaLizzies Cakes & Catering 
with her two daughters assisting

  I had a slice of Ma Lizzie’s banana nut bread for breakfast. Oh my goodness her treats are tasty!!! I’m not sure I know what gluten taste like, but if she freed it from her pastries—well I can’t tell. Everything I sampled and bought home from her table was delicious!

      -Velma Crawford, Vees Ties That Bind

Kamila Barbour of Barbour House Publications 
and Caryn Reitkopp of Paws for Peace


All EWI women entrepreneurs of the Holiday Gift Marketplace!


Velma Crawford of Vees Ties That Bind, 
with Dianne Lorenz, EWI Chair of the Board
Tenisha Campbell of T-Simone Designs
Sandra Owusu Ansah of Scraps R Treasures and 
Kamila Barbour of Barbour House Publications


Nadia Janjua of Nadia J Art

I want to say thank you SO much for all that you did to make this event such a success! I honestly enjoyed it so much and I think it was such a great turnout. Looking so forward to future events!

   -Nadia Janjua, Nadia J Art
EWI’s wonderful interns, staff and volunteers 
who helped make the marketplace a success!

And here are Our Raffle Winners…

 Gift Basket 

Marcela Kogan
Cruise Vacations &
 3 Day 2 Night Getaways
Kathie Stansbury
Breanna Plesich
Jean Silverwood


Thank You EWI Sponsors

   WNDC Educational Foundation

FemCity DC

Omni Studio

     Union Kitchen

      In Focus Foundation

    Evelyn Brooks Design

     Ogilvy Public Relationship

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Sierra Promotion Group

Ernesto Rivera, Video & Photography

Hanadi Karara, Photography

Our Mission

Empowered Women International (EWI) creates jobs and economic empowerment for immigrant, refugee, and low-income women in the Greater Washington DC Metro Area. EWI provides a yearlong entrepreneur incubator, mentoring and support services that transform women’s lives and livelihoods.

A Magical Day at the EWI’s Holiday Gift Market!
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