Dress for Success

You will often hear from job interview experts and human resources managers that first impressions are important. Body language, verbal communication, and personal appearance all factor into that pivotal first impression you make on another person. We are used to having the freedom to talk about what outfit we should invest in for our upcoming interview, or what colors will flatter our features, or what clothing is fashionable right now. But there are some people who don’t have that freedom, the fortune of being able to think about their own personal style. Some of our peers have to struggle just to find their place in the world first.

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A client during her Dress for Success consultation

Dress for Success is an international non-profit organization that was founded in New York City in 1997 and has since helped as many as 700,000 women worldwide. These women are referred to Dress for Success from homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, immigration services, job training programs, and many other organizations. The main goal of Dress for Success is to find jobs for disadvantaged women and to give these women the tools to remain employed. The organization’s mission is “to promote 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 life”.

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A Dress for Success client getting her makeup done by Bobbi Brown

Among the major supporters for Dress for Success is world famous make-up artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown. Bobbi has supported Dress for Success since 2000 and provides an extra dose of encouragement to each and every Dress for Success client. After the client has had her initial career consultation and receives her interview suit, a volunteer Bobbi Brown makeup artist gives her a personal beauty lesson and a goody bag full of essential makeup products. And whenever Bobbi appears on the QVC channel to sell her cosmetic line, she also donates $25,000 to Dress for Success. There are many ways you can support Dress for Success. You can donate, volunteer, become a sponsor, or even hold a suit drive of your own. With your help, you can expand the resources for the wonderful women that come to Dress for Success to make better lives for themselves.

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