EWI Legacy Stories Project Episode #9 features gourmet chef entrepreneur and EWI alumna Aida Mady. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Aida immigrated to Northern Virginia in 1981. She launched her business, Cooking and Beyond, in 2012 with the help of business training and mentoring from Empowered Women International (EWI). She shares authentic Egyptian cuisine and culture through her food and work.
Sharmila Karamchandani a graphic designer, art educator, and entrepreneur coach. She is an EWI alumna and has been an ETS lead trainer for over a decade. She is the founder and director of Khush Designs and teaches graphic design at local colleges.
Maria Llanos, Senior Small Business Coach at LEDC, tells us how she turned her side hustle into a lifetime career and a tool to advocate for economic equality.
EWI Legacy Stories Project Episode #7 features EWI alumna and current program trainer LaDon Love. LaDon is the founder and executive director of SPACEs in Action, a social justice organization in DC and Maryland. In her interview, LaDon shares how LEDC’s Empowered Women International program shaped her perception of entrepreneurship and offers a view into her ETS classes.
Episode #6 of the EWI Legacy Stories Project features MaryLouise Marino, former Empowered Women International Director of Programs and Operations. An artist passionate about women’s empowerment and cultural understanding, MaryLouise used her eclectic background to empower EWI clients and staff, volunteers, and interns.