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Marga Fripp, Founder Empowered Women International

Marga Fripp is the Founder and President of Empowered Women International.

The award-winning social entrepreneur, and international consultant in art marketing and entrepreneurship with a focus on women, is a former journalist and a native of Romania with over 17 years of experience in solving social problems through the arts, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Fripp is passionate about training, coaching and inspiring women artists, artisans and creative entrepreneurs to pursue their passions. She worked with thousands of women in the US and internationally, and helped them to start up or grow businesses that fuel innovation, opportunity and social change.

In May 2002, Marga created Empowered Women International to give voice and create entrepreneurial opportunities for immigrant, refugee and other marginalized women. Over the past ten years, Marga’s effective and passionate leadership turned EWI from a volunteer-run program to an award-winning organization with more than 3,500 supporters, over 2,500 women beneficiaries, and more than $1 million generated in donated services.

Empowered Women International was named “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region“ by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Marga and her work have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Alexandria Gazette, WETA and have appeared on The Voice of America Television and WUSA 9News, among others. She received many awards including Living Legends of Alexandria, (Nominee), 2011, Arts Build Communities Award 2010 by the Virginians for the Arts, Alex Awards 2009 by Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the Enterprise Award, Catalogue for Philanthropy 2008, Virginia House and Senate Commendation, 2006, Making a Difference Award, Soroptimist International, Arlington, 2006, the Cultural Affairs Award, the Alexandria Commission on Women, 2005, and the Governor of Maryland’s Award for Service and Volunteerism, 2003.

About Empowered Women International

Empowered Women International is an award-winning nonprofit organization that channels the entrepreneurial drive and creative talents of high-potential immigrant, refugee, and low-income women in the Greater Washington DC Metro Area into micro-businesses that create jobs, provide sustainable incomes, and allow them to integrate into the community and pursue the American Dream.

We offer a holistic model of empowerment and use the power of the arts to bring people together, empower women, and build multicultural understanding. Art has exceptional storytelling and healing qualities and transcends language, cultural, and economic barriers.

Economic and self-empowerment are powerful tools to liberate and transform each woman, so she can achieve independence and self-sufficiency. EWI’s strategy is to empower the whole woman, not only teaching her the skills she needs to launch and grow a business, but using peer-to-peer relationships, a mentor family and a network of support that helps women build confidence, connect in the community, and recognize their power as changemakers.

Check out our monthly series of women entrepreneurs who are not afraid to dream big, embrace chance, and overcome adversity. If you know someone who can benefit from our services, send her our way. To reach me, email Marga C. Fripp, EWI founder and president at margacfripp@ewint.org.

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust