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what would you do if doctors<font color="#E5E5E5"> told</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">and you were a newborn child</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> will not be</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">able to</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> walk</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> to here to talk with the</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">speed</font> what kind of action would you take my husband and<font color="#E5E5E5"> I decided to come to the</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">United States of America</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> 10 days after</font>

<font color="#CCCCCC">selectivity look we can</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> save the life of</font> our son but also amazing<font color="#CCCCCC"> to rediscover</font> my<font color="#E5E5E5"> service you see purpose is something</font> really extraordinary it's something hard to find but easy to discover in times of crisis in time so

<font color="#E5E5E5">ordinarily in times of stress in this</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">dress and perhaps in the darkest corners</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">of</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> our existence</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">I thought I knew</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> who</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i was before i came</font> to the<font color="#E5E5E5"> united</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> states i was an empowered</font> woman<font color="#CCCCCC"> I</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> was empowered woman until I</font>

arrived in discussion within 24 hours <font color="#CCCCCC">I lost my</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> identity</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I lost my voice</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">this</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> Punk that can speak to you today</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">could not make sense could not connect</font> with you<font color="#CCCCCC"> there was this extraordinary</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">motion between you and</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I and I felt</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> that</font>

in<font color="#CCCCCC"> my own ways</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> and</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I wanted to be like</font> you <font color="#CCCCCC">I wanted to be part of this country I</font> wanted to be part of this culture<font color="#CCCCCC"> i</font> wanted to make sense<font color="#CCCCCC"> silly</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> badly that</font> this prompted me to find<font color="#CCCCCC"> a voice within</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">to find out purpose to move myself to</font> action<font color="#E5E5E5"> don't</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> this was easy</font> this was a journey of self-discovery and of self-invention<font color="#CCCCCC"> and a reinvention</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">again and again</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> thought I knew</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> one</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> was</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">mine</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> was 20 when</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I started to work in</font>

media in my country<font color="#CCCCCC"> Mia I</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> thought</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I knew</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">who i was</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> when</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i was 22 when I was</font> banned from<font color="#E5E5E5"> practicing</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> journalist</font> because<font color="#CCCCCC"> I believe in human rights in</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">street children's right in orphans</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I</font> believe in opportunity for all yet<font color="#E5E5E5"> when</font>

<font color="#CCCCCC">I came</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> to this country</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> lost all that</font> within hours probably<font color="#CCCCCC"> second and it was</font> difficult and it was so traumatic that I could not stop<font color="#CCCCCC"> but wonder</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> are there any</font> other women out there like me<font color="#E5E5E5"> seeking</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">for help looking for a community of</font>

support for a place that they can call home is there anybody out there that is like me<font color="#E5E5E5"> crying to belong</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> trying to make sense</font> of this new identity I did not choose to be an evident in

fact<font color="#CCCCCC"> i had no idea what an immigrant was</font> until<font color="#E5E5E5"> I</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> pass</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> the</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> border and</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">label</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> and Adrian I probably would</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> have</font> to be<font color="#E5E5E5"> blind because</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I thought it was</font> funny<font color="#E5E5E5"> but many women that I've</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> met</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> after</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">me</font>

the<font color="#E5E5E5"> women</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i worked today</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> with</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> they</font> really soft<font color="#E5E5E5"> winds and</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> soul</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> in fact a lot</font> of women today<font color="#E5E5E5"> say</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> Marta why do</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> you</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">always say empowered women international</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">create opportunity</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> for immigrant and</font> refugee women<font color="#CCCCCC"> why can you not call us</font>

<font color="#CCCCCC">Americans and it's so true that we are</font> perhaps more<font color="#CCCCCC"> Americans and a lot of</font> American people that<font color="#CCCCCC"> i know</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> we</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> believe</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">in this country we belong so badly we</font> are part of the<font color="#E5E5E5"> fiber of this country</font> yet you know what<font color="#E5E5E5"> is this</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> eminent spirit</font>

in me<font color="#CCCCCC"> I know what the human spirit is</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">that</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I'm</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> not afraid to be labeled</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I'm</font> not afraid to be called an<font color="#CCCCCC"> inversion</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">because i know i</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> made this country great</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">I</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> know I stand for democracy in my</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">I am able to have a voice and</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> that's</font>

what<font color="#E5E5E5"> an immigrant is and</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I to pride in</font> that and<font color="#E5E5E5"> I want all immigrant women who</font> walked through the doors of the organization that I created to<font color="#CCCCCC"> feel home</font> to feel as they are<font color="#E5E5E5"> new Americans but</font> also to embrace their story to embrace

their identity to embrace their self<font color="#E5E5E5"> of</font> belonging this is the country<font color="#E5E5E5"> we created for all</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">we</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> work to create this country we belong</font> we own it we have a voice and we have a responsibility to make it better<font color="#CCCCCC"> no</font>

matter<font color="#E5E5E5"> what anybody telling us this is</font> the place where women have a voice<font color="#CCCCCC"> women</font> from all over the world<font color="#E5E5E5"> belong to this</font> place<font color="#CCCCCC"> we come here we are</font> entrepreneurial<font color="#E5E5E5"> we are</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> risk-takers we</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">are mother with Mama</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> six children we</font>

come with parents that<font color="#CCCCCC"> heard we leave</font> behind<font color="#CCCCCC"> family</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> friends</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">chimere's</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> life that that one once was</font> dear to us<font color="#E5E5E5"> we leave everything to</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">integrate this</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> new land of opportunity</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">and sometimes it's hard sometimes we</font>

lose the sense of purpose and guess what <font color="#CCCCCC">I was not going to let that get to me</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">the first thing I wanted to do and the</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">first thing that I discover through this</font> journey of immigration is my<font color="#E5E5E5"> renew will</font> my renewed purpose in life in<font color="#CCCCCC"> Romania</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> i</font>

worked on women's issues<font color="#CCCCCC"> i</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> work to pass</font> legislation against domestic violence <font color="#CCCCCC">I been doing this for about two decades</font> I didn't think I lost the purpose when<font color="#CCCCCC"> i</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">came to this country but it took me a</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">real-life experience a real</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">transformative experience it took the</font> life of my son it took his<font color="#E5E5E5"> challenges</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">it took the lack of language</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> it took the</font> fact that<font color="#CCCCCC"> i did not speak the language</font> that<font color="#CCCCCC"> i did not drive and then i could</font> not<font color="#E5E5E5"> secure</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> a job to save my life or</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> two</font>

to save my family<font color="#CCCCCC"> i had so many letters</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">of rejections</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> could have probably</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> read</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">a book on</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> have not to</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> win your first</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">well so what I've learned from this</font> experience is that I was not alone<font color="#CCCCCC"> i</font> started to look around<font color="#CCCCCC"> and I started to</font>

look in the communities where<font color="#CCCCCC"> i leave i</font> live in<font color="#CCCCCC"> silver</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> spring maryland</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> when</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> we</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">get</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> to the</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> United States</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> Montgomery</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">College was in my neighborhood so</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> I join</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">a community college</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> and this is where</font> you and I share so much<font color="#E5E5E5"> love and joy and</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">passion about America</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> enroll to take</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">english-as-a-second-language I wasn't a</font> program for about six months until my <font color="#E5E5E5">teachers decided that</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i was</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> able to have</font> enough vocabulary to make it happen to go<font color="#E5E5E5"> out there and</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> and</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> just do what I was</font>

passionate about<font color="#CCCCCC"> I was</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> put in a class</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">english-as-a-second-language</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> with about</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">90 people the majority</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> of</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> women</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i was</font> fascinated I wanted to hear their stories<font color="#CCCCCC"> I wanted</font> to<font color="#CCCCCC"> hear what brought them to this</font>

country<font color="#E5E5E5"> and what was the</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> American</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> dream</font> that was keeping them here and what I've learned<font color="#CCCCCC"> I</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">thought my struggle in my journey was</font> difficult <font color="#E5E5E5">those</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> winds journeys</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> where we are in</font>

mind<font color="#E5E5E5"> there are women who came out of</font> refugee camps they've been raped they've<font color="#E5E5E5"> been abused for years and</font> decades<font color="#CCCCCC"> they were women without husbands</font> they have kids here<font color="#E5E5E5"> they were paid five</font> dollars an hour and I felt that

something had to happen<font color="#E5E5E5"> something had to</font> take place<font color="#CCCCCC"> those</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> women were accomplished</font> in their countries many of<font color="#CCCCCC"> these women</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">have master's degrees in</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> phd's and they</font> were artists musicians and dancers<font color="#E5E5E5"> and</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">anthropologists</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> storytellers</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> they're</font>

published authors<font color="#E5E5E5"> yet they</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> are so</font> isolated <font color="#E5E5E5">there's no place under the song</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">productive along</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> so in those moments of</font> difficulty of<font color="#E5E5E5"> darkness of</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> lat home</font> language of lack of<font color="#E5E5E5"> way to communicate</font>

with you<font color="#CCCCCC"> i was</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> able to find light</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i was</font> able to see that I was not alone and perhaps if I get together with all the <font color="#CCCCCC">swimming that I</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> just met and with</font> millions of women out there in the United States and globally<font color="#CCCCCC"> who are</font>

displaced<font color="#CCCCCC"> but who</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> want to belong</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">we have something</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> to contribute to this</font> global economy<font color="#CCCCCC"> perhaps</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> and only then we</font> can become a force we can take<font color="#CCCCCC"> risk</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> we</font> can be meaningful in our families in our communities<font color="#E5E5E5"> we can be</font>

agents of change we can be leaders<font color="#E5E5E5"> we</font> can start revolutions we can do whatever we want to do<font color="#CCCCCC"> at that</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> place</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> came it was</font> not here so<font color="#CCCCCC"> I'm</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> this extraordinary</font> experience<font color="#CCCCCC"> it's a very long journey but</font> what I took away<font color="#E5E5E5"> what I've learned about</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">purpose is that there's three things</font> that completes the sense of purpose in one's life<font color="#CCCCCC"> the power of one</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> the power of</font> love and the<font color="#CCCCCC"> power of gratitude</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> all</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> this</font> three powers <font color="#CCCCCC">we're within me all alone</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> as</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I was</font>

struggling to redefine myself to redefine my voice and to create this community<font color="#E5E5E5"> this platform for women to</font> have a voice the power of<font color="#E5E5E5"> one</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> the power of one has to</font> do with<font color="#E5E5E5"> one's ability to act from a</font>

place of oneness<font color="#CCCCCC"> it has to do with one's</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">empathy and compassion and</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> ones power of</font> saving one life<font color="#E5E5E5"> you see in our world in</font> our society<font color="#CCCCCC"> there is this pressure that</font> everything has to happen to scale so we save millions of lives

how about we think<font color="#E5E5E5"> impact how God we</font> think about<font color="#CCCCCC"> the power of one</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> how about</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">we think about</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> one life we can impact</font> today<font color="#CCCCCC"> I see the power of</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> one everywhere</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">I see</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> the power of one in this room</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> we</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">heard it through all the day</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I see the</font>

power of one in my work<font color="#E5E5E5"> every day with</font> women from around world and with women who are struggling to overcome difficult life circumstances <font color="#CCCCCC">I see the power of</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> one in a survivor of</font> human trafficking<font color="#CCCCCC"> who now makes</font>

beautiful jewelry to inspire other young girls to find your purpose in life and not follow the path<font color="#E5E5E5"> she follow</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I see the</font> power of<font color="#E5E5E5"> one in a mother who</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> became</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">domestic abuse overcame brain cancer and</font> you know makes beautiful<font color="#CCCCCC"> and wilted</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">inference to tell her story and to honor</font> the legacy of her family <font color="#CCCCCC">I see the power 1 as</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> far as women in</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">Papua New Guinea</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> all places why did i</font> mention<font color="#E5E5E5"> that</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i just</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> returned from a</font> training<font color="#CCCCCC"> I've done with women</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> and pop</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">when you're eating helping them start</font> businesses and grow their<font color="#CCCCCC"> information</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">and create</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> economic opportunity I was so</font> inspired<font color="#CCCCCC"> by these women had no idea what</font> am I going to<font color="#E5E5E5"> tell them</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i have no idea</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">home and going to connect with him but</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">it was no difference</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> it were</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> they were</font> women just like you and<font color="#CCCCCC"> I we connected</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> a</font> human<font color="#E5E5E5"> level</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i was inspired by the power</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">1 to create a women's</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> Chamber of</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">Commerce in a country where only three</font> women<font color="#CCCCCC"> parliament</font>

<font color="#CCCCCC">Marion</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> they stood out as one voice to</font> create this chamber of commerce to fight for opportunity<font color="#CCCCCC"> economic solutions and</font> equality for women I was so<font color="#CCCCCC"> amazed it is the one that</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">created the power of millions</font>

that's how we need to look<font color="#E5E5E5"> every life</font> has meaning<font color="#E5E5E5"> every life must be saved</font> we must do everything we can to save that one life<font color="#CCCCCC"> it is worth more money</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> if</font> you ever thought you should give you money this holiday<font color="#CCCCCC"> i have a couple of</font>

good<font color="#E5E5E5"> organization</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> there is so much you</font> and I today right now can do to save one life and perhaps<font color="#E5E5E5"> think about the story</font> of my son<font color="#CCCCCC"> perhaps that one life</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> my son</font> first of all<font color="#E5E5E5"> he has given me my purpose</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">is really given</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> me a place in the</font>

universe<font color="#E5E5E5"> but</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I know my son has a place</font> under the Sun<font color="#CCCCCC"> I know he's going to</font> become someone at the age of<font color="#CCCCCC"> 12</font> my son is representing his school <font color="#CCCCCC">montessori</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> at united nations and he is</font> going to be an attorney defending the

<font color="#CCCCCC">people's rides the Amazonas</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> the</font> indigenous people of Venezuela and<font color="#E5E5E5"> oh</font> boy<font color="#CCCCCC"> I feel so</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">you</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">don't we need this in our lives</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> and I</font> often hear this conversation on gender

<font color="#E5E5E5">only from one side of the story</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">I believe we have a responsibility as</font> mothers as women is<font color="#E5E5E5"> leaders is</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">entrepreneurs to really teach our boys</font> to be empowered and to create equal opportunity to share their power to

share<font color="#E5E5E5"> their love to share the gratitude</font> that we have in our families and in our <font color="#CCCCCC">household</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> in our communities</font> it is a major responsibility that I believe it is within us<font color="#E5E5E5"> the women</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> the</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">mothers</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> the keepers of the flame the</font>

power of love love is the ultimate frontier of the human spirit I was loved<font color="#E5E5E5"> so many times in my life and</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">I am so</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> love</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> today</font> love is what<font color="#E5E5E5"> kills me every day</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> love is</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">what healed the past and recreated the</font>

present<font color="#CCCCCC"> I've been incredibly fortunate</font> to have this experience<font color="#E5E5E5"> where</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I work</font> with women who really<font color="#CCCCCC"> share</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> their</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> little</font> with me what<font color="#E5E5E5"> I could love them back i</font> feel that is a transformative<font color="#E5E5E5"> force of</font> life<font color="#CCCCCC"> I feel that as the root of all</font>

there is we all need love in our life there's nothing<font color="#CCCCCC"> we can accomplish</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">life and the last power</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> i want</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> to share</font> with you today is the power of gratitude gratitude is a way of life

gratitude is<font color="#CCCCCC"> what gives us wings</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> when we</font> forget how to fly<font color="#E5E5E5"> gratitude creates</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">abundance in our lives in gratitude with</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">drives our souls are laughing when they</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">give their</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> toes in gratitude gratitude</font> is my way of<font color="#E5E5E5"> living life</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> every day</font>

giving<font color="#E5E5E5"> things and being gracious and</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">grateful to everything and everyone in</font> my life<font color="#E5E5E5"> and part of my journey</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> living</font> with gratitude is my way of working to elevate humanity and to continue to inspire children and to empower<font color="#E5E5E5"> women</font>

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Video Description

Marga Fripp, the Founder and President of Empowered Women International is a former broadcast journalist and an internationally recognized entrepreneur, who over the past two decades dedicated her life to empowering women and solving social problems through innovation, arts and entrepreneurship.

She has founded multiple nonprofit enterprises both in her native Romania and in the United States. Through entrepreneurship training, coaching and inspirational talks Marga gives voice to women around the world and empowers them to reach their full potential, lift themselves and their families women out of unemployment and isolation and create social change.

A passionate advocate for women's empowerment, Marga founded her first non-profit in Romania at the age of 23 to counteract domestic violence and sexual assault. Her service and advocacy efforts led to a Domestic Violence Bill signed into law by the Romanian Parliament in May 2003. Marga's organization was the first non-profit in the Eastern Europe to successfully draft, advocate and pass legislation against domestic violence.

In 2002, after immigrating to the United States due to a medical emergency with her newborn son, Marga founded Empowered Women International (EWI) to create jobs and economic opportunity for immigrant, refugee and low-income women in the Greater Washington DC Area.

Under her leadership EWI has developed from a volunteer service organization to a nationally recognized non-profit that has created jobs, businesses and leadership opportunities for more than 3,000 immigrant, refugee and low-income women and continues to transform women's lives. More at www.ewint.org

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