EWI: Elevating Your Financial Confidence - Transforming How Women of Color Show Up in the Marketplace
Take a look at this post from Lindsae' Peele, a special contributing author to LEDC's Small Business Program: Empowered Women International (EWI).
Jauan Clark always had a dream of opening her very own hair salon. While taking cosmetology classes to pursue her dreams, a mentor's interest made Ms. Clark realize her aspiration. With dedication and LEDC's guidance, Ms. Clark has become a remarkable entrepreneur, and her business, New Creation Hair Salon Plus, is now a staple of her neighborhood.
Reina Moreno, a mother of two children, a Honduran immigrant, and a survivor of domestic violence living in Washington, DC, has become a big advocate for other women and undocumented and excluded workers in the city.
Christopher Kim has been living in Park Marconi since 2015. However, in 2021, tenants of Park Marconi were handed a notice that a new developer would be purchasing the building. Despite DC tenant protections allowing tenants to stay in their homes, many tenants understood that they would soon have to move out.
In Episode #2 of the EWI Legacy Stories Project, meet Melissa Reitkopp, an executive recruiter and career coach with decades of experience working with clients and professionals. Melissa is also a former Empowered Women International board member, volunteer mentor, and trusted advisor. During our conversation, we discussed her career and professional interests and explored some of the significant transitions during the evolution of the Empowered Women International program.
Our program, EWI, is celebrating 20 years since its inception! Founded in 2002, Empowered Women International became a support network of cultural exchange for immigrant and refugee women. In the beginning, EWI provided empowerment workshops in Northern Virginia, and as it joined LEDC in 2017, the program expanded to serve over 700 women annually throughout the DMV area.