NAAWA had launched a Micro-finance Project to support women needing seed money to start their business. However, upon receiving feedback from our members, we decided to incorporate that project into the hereunder mentioned endeavor. This way we would be providing an all-encompassing support.
NAAWA is pleased to announce to our members and friends the launching of “Women for Women Professional Network.” This program aims to create a women’s business directory, as well as a venue for women seeking professional networking.
We are glad to team up with Empowered Women International (EWI) to provide entrepreneurship training, mentoring, market access and support services to help potential women monetize their creative or cultural assets, artistic abilities, knowledge and skills, and become change-makers within their families and communities. Our Guest Speaker Alexandra Boycheck is a Program Manager at EWI-Maryland Division. She is looking forward to joining us and presenting “Grow My Business – GMB.” Alexandra also hopes to answer your questions about how to start a business and how to make it grow.
Civic Engagement Workshop
Members of NAAWA and volunteers participated to spread NAAWA's message and encourage new friends and network with other groups. As NAAWA is growing and spreading, we encourage partnering with other organizations to spread our message!
This workshop gave our voice to not only the arab-american community but to friends and supporters of the arab-american community.
International Womens Day Gala
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Featuring Guest Speakers:
*The Honorable Allison Silberberg, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
*Ms. Zaha Hassan, Esq. New American Fellow
*Ms. Hazami Barmada [MC] Social Entrepreneur, Harvard University
NAAWA's Guest Speaker, Candace Lightner, founder of “Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MAAD)” and founder of “We Save Lives”.Trauma and Adversity have played an integral and profound role in Candy’s life. Her daughter, Serena, was eighteen months old when a drunk driver rear-ended her grandmother’s car injuring the baby. Six years later, an impaired driver ran over her son, Travis, who was permanently brain injured as a result of that tragedy. The driver of the car was unlicensed and on tranquilizers and was not cited. In 1980, and at the young age of thirteen, her daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver. As a result of Cari’s death, Candy founded MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, which later on became Mothers Against Drunk Driving) a grassroots organization that sought to raise awareness and to fight for tough laws against those convicted of impaired driving. DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) was not taken seriously until Candy made it her priority, and put human faces on the many victims of drunk drivers. Her efforts succeeded in establishing more than 400 chapters around the world and 2 million members within the first three years of establishing MADD. In 1984, Ronald Reagan appointed her on the National Commission on Drunk Driving and as a result of those efforts, the organization succeeded in raising the legal drinking age to 21 in every state. After leaving MADD, Candy co-authored , her book “Giving Sorrow Words: How to Cope with Grief and Get on with Your Life”. Several years ago, when the problems of distracted and drugged driving became such an issue, she established “We Save Lives” (www.wesavelives.org) that focuses on the 3D’s, drunk, drugged and distracted driving. She continues her role as a highway safety activist and also serves as a consultant for many organizations, and corporations.