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Women Empowered

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Mission: Women Empowered (“WE”) is a non-profit membership organization committed to the empowerment of women. By connecting women, WE focuses on the development of women in the areas of community involvement, professional and social networking, mentorship, and personal growth. WE provides life changing support to its members as well as the people WE serves.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

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Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rita8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Empowered (WE) is incredible, vibrant, and thriving! Shelly started the group as a simple get-together but she has developed it into a solid non-profit that truly adds value to the lives of its members, volunteers, mentees, and anyone who gets involved in any way. I have known about this group for about 3 months, and already have a mentee, an inspiring network of women, a solid sense of women's success, and tons of outlets for giving back to the community. This is a dynamic group of women- all ages, backgrounds, economic status, careers, etc. I love it! The group is personable, engaging, and very interested in seeing women grow and develop professionally, personally, and socially. WE hosts entrepreneurship events, mentor/mentee events, fundraising events, health and fitness events, and a book club! All great things rolled into one group. I am so glad I met Shelly and am now an official WE member. Thank you

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sulaj Rita, thank you so very much for your support! We are so lucky to have you as a member. Without the support and love we receive from our members, none of this would be possible so thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A year ago I became involved with Women Empowered. I realized right away I was in the presence of warm and welcoming like-minded women. Every time I left an event or volunteer day, I felt like I had not only made a difference, but made friends too! There's always something new to do or something going on. The volunteer days are overwhelming and powerful but also feel so accessible and comfortable. Women Empowered has helped me contribute to my community while also introducing me to an amazing group of women who I am able to now call friends!

Claudia13

Board Member

Rating: 5

Two years ago I began volunteering with Women Empowered. I fell in love with the organization because of the volunteer opportunities it offers as well as the path to connecting with amazing women. As part of their mentoring program, I was able to meet and mentor two great high school girls who have now moved on to college. I've also been able to meet women from various walks of life who have shared their stories and found that our commonality is to help and empower each other. Two years later, I am part of the board and as a board member my mission is to get women involved in the community and to encourage support for each other.

CrownJewelClub

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crown Jewel Club shares Women Empowered's dedication to improving the lives of women and girls. We believe you need to start building self-esteem in girls at an early age, and the reminders of GREAT women are continue throughout their lives! The mentoring involved in this organization is a great start to shape lives. Women Empowered is a wonderful organization, and we hope to partner with them again in the near future!

Shades Of Color

Donor

Rating: 5

Shades of Color, LLC is a proud donor to Women Empowered. Our motto is to uplift & inspire, and Women Empowered does just that. We have given in-kind calendars to the organization's gift bags and most recently Easter baskets for the Girls Today Women Tomorrow mentoring day. Women Empowered is the very type of organization that makes giving easy because we know that they in return will give 10 fold. It is a pleasure to see the group grow, and we will continue to support in any way we can. Congratulations, Women Empowered, and continue to be a great success!

Janine99

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am continually impressed with the growth and impact of Women Empowered. WE is an organization that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, and inspires them to give back to their communities through mentorship, networking and volunteerism. It is built on a passion to inspire all women, and even in its infancy it has touched hundreds of members throughout Greater Los Angeles. In addition to its members, it has a positive impact on the girls and women WE donates time towards. I admire how WE grounds women looking to build relationships, fosters women looking to further themselves, and encourages women through the strength of paying it forward. Each event I meet at least a handful of new women and everyone is friendly, non-judgemental and simply looking to be involved. My favorite aspect of WE is seeing the lives that are effected, and I am so excited about the future of this organization! The direction the organization is headed is simply… empowering.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Women Empowered is a great organization currently based in Greater Los Angeles. The two-fold focus makes it an ideal group to maximize your personal and professional development. First, it offers opportunities for volunteerism including mentoring relationships with younger girls and other activities to get involved in the community. Second, it provides workshops and activities to expand your own growth, be it related to health, esteem, entrepreneurship, finances etc. I feel the group has a lot to offer and the networking with such a warm hearted group of women is tremendous. I look forward to seeing what other opportunities lay ahead as the organization grows!!

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sulaj 03/23/2011

Thank you for the great feedback Janine! The support and love we receive from our members, such as yourself, is what keeps us inspired to continue to work towards our mission and motivates us to grow. We are honored to have you on our board!

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sulaj 03/23/2011

Thank you for the great feedback Janine! The support and love we receive from our members, such as yourself, is what keeps us inspired to continue to work towards our mission and motivates us to grow. We are honored to have you on our board!

Kai Expressions Jewelry

Donor

Rating: 5

My company, Kai Expressions Jewelry, partners with Women Empowered occasionally throughout the year. We lead two annual jewelry making workshops at the Downtown Women's Center and with Girls Today Women Tomorrow, WE's community partner organizations. Each time the attendees are overwhelmed not only that a group of women are taking time out for them, but that they can tap into their inner creativity and leave with beautiful jewelry they would not normally have access to. It is extremely rewarding, and I thank the ladies of Women Empowered for creating such an environment.

We look forward to partnering with WE again at the "WE Connect: Professional Networking Mixer" in Santa Monica on May 23rd, and will continue to donate to the annual fundraiser in November, "A Night of Empowerment." This is a great organization to get involved with - in any capacity!!.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our company recently learned about Women Empowered last year and were excited to work with them towards their wonderful mission. For their first annual Cocktail Fundraiser we donated a pair of handcrafted earrings to their silent auction. This year we also participated in a jewelry workshop that WE hosted for members of the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles. We look forward to partnering with this organization again in the near future -- hats off to them for creating a great opportunity!

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sulaj 03/23/2011

Thank you for the kind words! We appreciate your support and generosity and are excited for many more opportunities in partnering up in giving back to our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Women Empowered gives women a chance to live well-rounded lives. Women are able to meet, socialize, and bond with other like-minded women, volunteer for incredible philanthropic events, and boost their self-confidence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to WE through very dear friends of mine. Although I grew up in the Los Angeles area, I found it was hard to meet people, let alone those with similar interests and values. WE has introduced me some wonderful women and brought the philanthropic aspect into my life that I always thought about doing. In such a short amount of time, WE has amazingly grown with the help, dedication, and love of its founder and members. Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow me to give too much to WE, but that will be changing soon and I am very much looking forward to being able to give much more to such an inspiring organization.

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sulaj 03/29/2011

Thank you so much Sandi! You have been so incredibly supportive throughout.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Empowered has been such a special gift to me. Thank you so much Shelly for sharing your vision. I am finally developing solid, quality relationships with women from all walks of life who share similar goals. I am certain it is because of WE that I have had such a shift in my frame of mind. They offer so many empowering and inspiring programs and events. I always leave this group of women feeling refreshed, hopeful, accepted, loved and inspired!

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sulaj 05/21/2012

Thank you, Lorina! We couldn't be more grateful and honored to have members such as yourself sharing our vision and commitment to our cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First of all I would like to say Thank you Shelly for everything you do and this incredible organization that I am so proud to be a part of !!! My time and experience with Women Empowered (WE) has been Life Changing in many ways. I have met some of the most amazing women who have now become a huge part of my life. Women Empowered (WE) has given me many opportunities to grow and challenge myself in becoming a better person as we help one another. Thank you again !!!

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sulaj 05/10/2012

Thank you Hana! Members like you are what make WE what it is today!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I couldn’t feel more rewarded to know that my time has helped create empowering experiences for women in Los Angeles! WE’s members have the opportunity to take various seminars and classes focusing on ways to empower one’s life, attain and maintain financial wellness, as well as a healthy well-being. Throughout the years we have worked with the staff of the Downtown Women Shelter providing lunches, activities, and services. WE has also partnered with various organizations that are aligned with our mission to empower women! The organization Girls Today Women Tomorrow holds a special place in our hearts, WE has provided yoga workshops, sharing circles, and various empowering activities for the girls of GTWT. Many of our members are now mentoring these young women in order to help guide them toward creating their own opportunities for success!

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sulaj 05/07/2012

Liz, you have been an integral piece to this organization's growth. We appreciate all of your time and hard work you put into making WE what it is today! Thank you!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the past two and a half years, Women Empowered (WE) became an important part of my life. This organization provided me with both philanthropic and social opportunities. My involvement with WE enabled me to meet intelligent and ambitious women in the Los Angeles area, who are interested in empowering themselves by volunteering in the community, networking, and focusing on self-improvement.

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sulaj 03/24/2011

Thank you, Liz! Your enthusiasm, interest, and support of WE has been so great and I cannot thank you enough. I am so excited and honored to have you as our Board Chair!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What feels more like home than making gingerbread houses together with our friends and sisters? Gingerbread House Making is one of the many thoughtful and creative workshops that WE has coordinated for the homeless and low-income women in the Skid Row community. WE has volunteered with us at the Downtown Women's Center on several occasions and always brings strong organization and creativity to their volunteer experience. The women that we serve really appreciate the resources and love that WE puts into each workshop that they plan for the women at our Center. We look forward to the Beauty Day that they are planning for us in June, and to many more enriching workshops with Women Empowered!

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sulaj 05/03/2012

Thank you, Nicole! WE love spending time with the ladies of the Downtown Women's Center and do anything we can to bring a smile to their beautiful faces. Again, thank you for the support!

Donor

Rating: 5

WOW! So Impressed with these ladies! I met Shelly when she came to my business for an appointment. We sat and talked on end about her inspiring story and her journey with WE. It was incredibly touching and I was over-joyed to have the opportunity to donate my business services to the WE fundraising event! (and even more excited when she invited me to attend!) Upon arriving at the event, let me just say - these girls over-deliver!

Shelly's passion for women's empowerment was visible everywhere from the minute I walked in! Her huge vision and giving heart has created a community of strong, beautiful women who are truly making a difference on this planet. The fundraiser was immaculate it it's appearance, the crowd, and the un-believable donations these ladies were able to receive for their silent auction.

I can't say enough good things about WE and my joy in now being a member! I look forward to continued memories and friendships that will bloom out of this beautiful women's organization.

GO LADIES! And THANK YOU for coming from the heart and sharing your light with the world!

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sulaj 11/17/2011

Heather, thank you so very much for your kind words and support! We are so excited to have you a part of this group and its because members and donors such as yourself who inspire us to continue to serve our community and make a difference! Thank you!!

Melany M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WE is an amazing organization dedicated to inspiring and motivating growth, compassion, kindness, and more. WE encourages the building of friendships and connections between women of all walks of life. Dedicated to helping the community in a variety of fun, empowering, educational and humbling ways, WE is unique in its focus on personal growth, happiness and wellness of each member through various group activities and events in addition to community work. This organization understands the busy lives of the women involved, and encourages participation while appreciating every minute (even if it's just a minute) that is spent with WE. Exceptional organization..

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sulaj 06/17/2011

Thank you so very much Melany for your kind words and continued support! You and Melody are a dynamic duo and we cannot thank you enough for exposing us to such a wonderful and empowering experience. Thank you!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WE is about letting women share their care. The care is expressed among members who catch up on each others lives in between events. The care is expressed by creating sentimental cards for children in depressed environments. The care is showcased by pampering homeless women in downtown Los Angeles with jewelry workshops and massages. The care is transferred from adult role models to young teens through nature hikes, dance classes and professional basketball games. Women Empowered is a rewarding experience for all those who take a moment to share their care.

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sulaj 03/31/2011

Thank you for the support, Melanie!

Linda S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Empowered is truly a POWERFUL group, it does things, hands-on, having an immediate and profound impact in improving the lives of women and girls, and the world generally! And we like each other very much, engaging in social and supportive activities among ourselves. Begun by the dynamic and resourceful Shelly Ulaj, it is active and "percolating happily." She and her Board are great at finding meaningful projects and activities for us.

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sulaj 03/30/2011

Thank you so very much Linda! You have brought a lot to this group and I appreciate all of your support and encouragement.

Donor

Rating: 5

I attended Women Empowered's gala at the Angeleno Hotel and had a wonderful time learning about the organization from members as well as staff. I found WE to be a well-organized not-for-profit organization whose mission is clear and member involvement active.

As a donor, I like to see my money go towards positive causes. I felt comfortable donating to WE since the members are not only empowering themselves, but reach out to the greater community in order to help other women empower themselves. For example, members travel to the downtown Los Angeles Women's Shelter to give manicures to women who cannot afford such luxuries, let alone the basic necessities. The personal stories I heard inspired me since not only did the women in the shelter feel greater confidence about their appearance and appreciate being able to bond with WE members, but the WE members themselves also felt empowered; they found that they can make a difference in someone's life, and sometimes the little things are the big things.

I plan on donating again before year-end and would recommend this nonprofit organization to anyone who loves a woman!

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sulaj 03/29/2011

Thank you for the kind words and support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I met the founder of WE, Shelly, she was talking about starting a women's group and had just started reading a book on how to go about it. What started as a social group with 4 or 5 women going to dinner, has now grown into an amazingly diverse network of women who share in Shelly's desire to help others in any way possible.
WE is about awareness. Being aware of where we are, how we got there, and how to use that strength to help other women get to where they want to be.
WE has worked with the Downtown Women's Shelter - serving lunch, holding a jewelry making workshop, and pampering the women with a beauty day. WE also does cancer walks and mentors teen girls.
WE is about helping women become aware of the power they hold and how to use that power to help others.

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sulaj 03/29/2011

Thank you so much Nic! I do remember the book and still use it as a reference guide from time to time. I appreciate all the love and support, and most importantly your friendship! I couldn't be happier to have you as part of the WE team as our book club leader! :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been in the know with regards to WE since its founding and have seen it grow into a valuable institution that offers not only its members guidance, support and an avenue to further develop as better people but one that instills confidence in the community and promotes self worth throughout. I am certain it will continue its outstanding service and I look forward to its ever growing projects.

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sulaj 03/25/2011

Thanks for the continued support and guidance brother! :)

Gabriela C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of WE for 2 years now and this is my first time getting involved with a group of this nature.
WE is definitely empowering because its has brought so much insight to my life regarding giving back and being a mentor of some sort.
The events are well organized and with people who truly care to make a difference in others lives. I have made some great friendships along the way as well. Great group and most importantly a great philosophy.
Gabriela Carlos

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sulaj 03/24/2011

Thank you so much Gabby! Your involvement and support has been so great and has meant so much to WE. My initial goal in starting this group as you know was to form life-long friendships and connect with other women, and I am proud to say that you are definitely a life long friend and so happy to have you in my life. Thanks girl!