Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina

In Community Awareness, Community Involvemnt, Economic Empowerment, Financial Literacy, Operation Hope, Partnerships, Strategic Alliances on August 30, 2017 at 11:41 pm

The Lizzie

CEO, Chair, and Founder
eEnterprises International LLC


Immediate Release:  August 29, 2017
CONTACT: Lizzie L. Evans, EMPA’15
Phone: 206-660-9295
Email: lizzie@eEnterprisesIntl.com (Inbox Comments)


Upon the arrival of the unfortunate morning of Hurricane Katrina’s 12th year anniversary…and still I rise above the flood waters.  The heart-wrenching emotions I’m feeling for my fellow Texans are overwhelming.  Again, the pit of my stomach is saying, “Do.Something.” As I review lessons learned from a capstone paper written in 2015 as a requirement of the Executive MPA program at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, I’m encouraged by the progress the current administration has made in terms of emergent collaboration, leading and governing by networks, and the importance of the independent sector.  Now more than ever, the nonprofit industry is reaching out to our communities and private citizens to engage in a national disaster.  “Tweak the Tweet” is Working.  I must admit the “Government is Working” in the worst natural disaster in the State of Texas.  I applaud President Donald Trump’s rapid response to Hurricane Harvey.  Albeit the capstone  PA EX 513 Leading for Legacy with Video was historically-based and written in March 2015, the challenges of leading and governing in a complex crisis are still relevant today.

Please read the publication and prepare to take away notes and solutions to address yesterday’s issues today.  The Urban Financial Services Coalition (www.ufscnet.org) entered a MOU with Operation Hope (www.operationhope.org) and the FDIC (www. fdic.gov), focusing on plans, outcomes, successes and solutions. Emergency financial first aid kits are now circulated to the underserved and unbanked communities. Take the test at http://www.dfrscore.org to see if you are prepared for the next disaster. The local UFSC-Puget Sound Chapter intends to roll out Operation Hope’s Disaster Recovery Financial Planning Workshops during September 2018.  Stay tuned at http://www.ufscps.org for future workshops in the Pacific Northwest.

My personal and intimate prayers go out to all of my family, friends and cohorts in Texas. May God comfort and keep the Gulf Coast citizens in safety.




Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.

In Community Awareness, Community Involvemnt, Economic Empowerment, Educational Enhancement, Global Development, Partnerships on August 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm
April Haberman
Days for Girls International
Edmonds WA Chapter Director


Join us on August 22, 2017 at the Columbia Tower Club for an evening with keynote speaker April Haberman and a panel of speakers addressing gender inequity, educational advancement, and economic development in our local communities and abroad in Africa. Seating is limited. Get tiks now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-beauty-of-africa-tickets-24297989942.

April Haberman has been working with women, children and youth for over 15 years in her role as Edmonds WA Chapter Director & US Program and Special Events Director for Days for Girls International, Children’s Pastor, Youth Director, Parenting the Love & Logic Way Facilitator, Co-Founder of Good2BGirl, and as a mother of two teens.

April received the 2015 Young Mother of the Year Award for WA State through American Mothers. In addition, she has been awarded the 2015 Ruby Award by Soroptimist International for making a difference for women through her charitable efforts.

April started the Edmonds WA Chapter for Days for Girls in October of 2013 out of a passion to help homeless girls within her community have adequate access to feminine hygiene. Since the Chapter’s inception, she and her volunteers have distributed over 1,500 DfG kits and thousands of disposable products to keep girls in school, both locally and globally.

April grew up in South Carolina and still considers herself a southern girl. She loves southern food, warmer weather and sweet tea in the summer. She met her husband, a WA native, 25 years ago and has been in WA ever since. She was smitten! She and her husband have called Edmonds home for over 25 years, where they raise their two teens. They find that a sense of community is very important to them, as well as supporting their local church with outreach efforts, & being actively involved in their children’s school.

In her spare time she enjoys walking, hiking, baking, reading and most importantly, spending time with her family.


This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.