Saturday, October 8, 2022

12:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT


Designs for a New Humanity


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Helen Zughaib, Syrian Migration 22

Blumera collage

Blumera Designs

Agenda for the Day:

Global Ambassadors Initiative Luncheon

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Cosmos Club, Washington, DC

Empowering Women Artisans in Conflict Zones

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Cosmos Club, Washington, DC

Private Cocktail Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Private Residence, Chevy Chase, MD

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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Global Ambassadors Initiative Luncheon
Cosmos Club, Washington, DC

WFI's Global Ambassadors' Initiative is a conglomeration of enlightened leaders dedicated to unity, collaboration and service. WFI will convene our community of ambassadors this fall to focus on the empowerment of Ukrainian refugees, in particular women. We will unite our sustainable fashion programs with women artisans and designers from Ukraine to enable them to rebuild their lives from an economic standpoint and to protect their cultural heritage and traditions. Our goal is to make it possible for displaced Ukrainian families to meet their basic life needs, restore their dignity and fully contribute their talents to their new communities.

Ukrainian Artisanal Crafts

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Empowering Women Artisans in Conflict Zones

Cosmos Club, Washington, DC


On October 8th, Women Forward International will take its action-oriented sustainable fashion projects to the next level. Through a vibrant feast for the senses – fashion, poetry, and visual art – WFI will share the urgency of our emerging New Humanity: a new generation of leaders whose actions are based on love and service.

WFI Student Installations


Promoting Global Environmental Action in the Fashion Industry

Fashion Revolution in collaboration with Middlebury College of International Studies International Environmental Policy Program

Craftswomenship: Enhancing the Social and Economic Inclusion of Migrant Women 

Nest in collaboration with The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) 


A Craftswomen’s Collective and Community Building in Jamaica 

The Rollins Enterprise Center in Rose Town in collaboration with The Prince’s Foundation 


Featured Designer: Mehera Blum

Mehera Blum, Founder & Creative Director of Blumera, through her creations, will take the audience on a journey of exploration through a myriad of cultures from our upcoming project Designs for a New Humanity, Empowering Women Artisans in Myanmar and Afghanistan

Ms. Blum creates high-vibratory, uplifting collections utilizing unexpected natural, sustainable materials such as recycled brass, up-cycled wood, and semi-precious stones, through designs inspired by the natural landscapes, the artisanal and architectural culture and the spiritual essence of the regions.

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Featured Artists

Helen Zughaib, Painter & Multi-Media Artist, will share a small selection of her works to promote the creation of empathy and a shared space for introspection and dialogue. Her goal is “To give voice to the voiceless, to heal, and to reflect in our shared humanity.”


Maria Helena Maldonado-Villar, Artist and Economist, will share her art that stems from her life-long passion for travel and photography. She translates her photographs into a variety of artistic mediums: wood sculpture, intaglio, woodcut, silk screen, and linoleum. 

Patrick Beldio, Singer, Sculptor, Professor, will transport our audience through music and sculpture of “The New Being,” taking us on a lyrical journey into the human spirit. 

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