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Dress For Success: More Than Just a Fashion Statement

September 3, 2014 | By admin

Dress for SuccessFounded in 1997, Dress For Success is an international non-profit organization that aims to give women the tools and confidence to get and retain a job. The organization promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Currently, DFS operates 130 charters in 16 countries, serving nearly 700,000 women annually in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the West Indies.

The Indianapolis charter of DFS is one of the oldest and strongest, serving an average of 1,400 women each year. Last June, Indy DFS served its 11,000th client. “It’s huge for us to think we’ve helped 11,000 women,” commented Barbara Ellsworth, Executive Director of the Indianapolis charter.

DFS serves clients by referral only and women must have an interview scheduled before receiving clothing. It partners with a diverse group of non-profit organizations and government agencies worldwide that refer women to DFS for suiting when they have a scheduled job interview.  A personal shopper is assigned to the client at the DFS boutique to select the perfect wardrobe, including accessories and cosmetics. After they get a job, they are invited back to select a few more work wear suitable for the industry they’re in.

Aside from the suiting program, Dress for Success provides career programs to support clients long-term. The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) offers support as women make the transition into the workforce. The group meets monthly where speakers educate the clients about personal finance, rules in the workforce, etc.

The Career Center provides career guidance by helping clients with their resumes, job searches, and technological and professional skills.


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