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Empowering Women as Leaders was the vision of an ordinary woman, named Carolyn Bondy, who had an extraordinary passion to leave a legacy for women. You may wonder what motivated this incredible woman. Carolyn grew up in Beaumont, Texas, raised by a loving family. She was considerably overweight during her school years and was bullied and ridiculed. “I thought the popularity and ridicule of my teen years would define me for the rest of my life,” Carolyn explained. As a result, at age 19, with little confidence and in an attempt to avoid her educational environment, she got married. By age 25, she admitted to her parents that she had made a terrible mistake and was getting a divorce.
Fortunately for Carolyn, her parents suggested that she move back home, go to college and they would pay for her education. That was a major turning point in Carolyn’s life. It took her seven years to complete college but at age 32 she graduated from Lamar University with a 3.7 GPA and a job offer from Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. With education and a desire to achieve Carolyn’s career excelled. She later worked for Sabre Airline Solutions where within seven short years she was promoted to a Vice President position.
As Carolyn approached age 50, she began to reflect on her life and what she could do to leave a legacy. She wanted the second half of her life to be devoted to creating an opportunity for other women to have a second chance much like the gift that her parents had given to her. In October 2004 Carolyn founded EWL with nine other women, all from the corporate world and all who shared her desire to help other women achieve. As of today, EWL has successful sponsored over 50 women to achieve a second chance which impacts our STAR’s lives and the generations to come.