Dress for Success

32 East 31st Street, New York, New York 10016

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@Dress for Success 2017-12-04

Looking for fun & fabulous fashion for all your holiday parties? ModCloth had a #BlackFridayBreakup to give their employees the day off and donated $5M worth of apparel to Dress for Success! Support a company doing good while looking good. 👌

@Dress for Success 2017-12-01

We’re LIVE at Shop for Success with Dress for Success West in Los Angeles talking with Minnie Driver, WWE’s Nikki Bella and more on the importance of empowering women to succeed in work and life.

@Dress for Success 2017-11-30

Join us tonight at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT LIVE from Dress for Success Worldwide - West's Shop for Success in Los Angeles. We'll be speaking with: 🌟This Is Us, Chrissy Metz 🌟Actress & singer-songwriter, Minnie Driver 🌟WWE superstar, Nikki Bella...and many more! In LA and want to attend? ➡ http://bit.ly/2hlRnyM

@Dress for Success 2017-11-29

Don't forget to purchase your tickets for Dress for Success Worldwide - West's Shop for Success VIP Night tomorrow in Los Angeles. Update your wardrobe with more than 150 designer brands at 70% off while helping women in LA thrive in the workplace. Purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/2hlRnyM

@Dress for Success 2017-11-28

No one says it better than Dress for Success Ambassador Mary: “Volunteering and donating gives women an opportunity to contribute to the success of other women. There is nothing more powerful than that!” Make your #GivingTuesday donation to Dress for Success today. #WalkTallWithLeggs L'eggs

@Dress for Success 2017-11-28

Starting at 8AM EST for #GivingTuesday, Facebook & the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have partnered to match up to $50k per non-profit, up to $2M total with no fees. Give an invaluable gift of confidence that can open doors and has the power to change a woman's life. $100 gives a woman the experience of her first suiting complete with a personal shopper. #WalkTallWithLeggs

@Dress for Success 2017-11-28

It's officially #GivingTuesday and Facebook has waived all fees for donations made to nonprofits! Start a fundraiser and share with your friends and family to support our mission of providing programs and services that empower women on their journey to success. Create fundraiser: http://bit.ly/2ANqLOP

@Dress for Success 2017-11-27

Tomorrow the world will take part in Giving Tuesday - a global day that celebrates the importance of giving back. We've partnered with L'eggs and Janelle from Wait, You Need This for the L’eggs Walk Tall initiative. For Janelle, “walking tall” is living out your passion confidently and bringing your whole mind, body, and individual style to whatever you do. It’s so easy to play it safe and go with the status quo, but if you walk tall, you’re bound to stand out. Share with us how you "Walk Tall." Read more: http://bit.ly/2AaEphX

@Dress for Success 2017-11-26

This Giving Tuesday you can help change a woman’s future. Thanks to L'eggs for being a great partner and sharing in our goal of empowering women to meet their highest potential. #WalkTallWithLeggs

@Dress for Success 2017-11-25

It takes courage, persistence and hard work to be an entrepreneur. We interviewed one of our Dress for Success clients to learn about her journey and the creation of her beauty company, J’enessence. Support women-owned businesses this Small Business Saturday.

@Dress for Success 2017-11-24

Skip the Black Friday lines and head over to Birdiebee to support Dress for Success. Share positivity through their purpose-driven apparel. 2% of all sales will be donated to Dress for Success through December! Shop here: http://bit.ly/2jbqyhn

@Dress for Success 2017-11-24

On Black Friday, shop for good! Schwarzkopf's Keratin Color supports Dress for Success and the strong women we serve. This partnership empowers women looking for upward mobility to revitalize women’s hair and clothing options on their way to success in the workplace. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2z8rZnp Photo credit: April Was Here

@Dress for Success 2017-11-23

Since 1997, with the support of our donors and volunteers, Dress for Success has helped serve more than one million women. We're so thankful for the women we serve and the partners that make it possible. Happy Thanksgiving!

@Dress for Success 2017-11-22

When Chrissy Metz booked This Is Us, she had 81 cents in her bank account. Her dedication, persistence and positive attitude encouraged her to tryout for the audition that would change her life. We're honored to have Metz join Dress for Success Worldwide - West for Shop for Success VIP Night on November 30 in Los Angeles. Purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/2hlRnyM

@Dress for Success 2017-11-21

Don't miss the upcoming 'Women Helping Women' Benefit Breakfast on Dec. 6 in New York City. We're fortunate to have four inspirational women: Jamie Kern Lima Page, Alysia Reiner, Coco Rocha and Lola Ogunnaike share the valuable lessons they've learned and the importance of supporting each other. Purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/2hpsTsh

@Dress for Success 2017-11-20

That's right, gorgeous. 😊 #DressforSuccess #MondayMotivation

@Dress for Success 2017-11-18

“Success means living and doing things with passion and feeling fulfilled. It means being happy." - Ana Dress for Success is a welcoming community for Ana and other women to come together to motivate and encourage each other in their careers. Read Ana's success story: http://bit.ly/2iudCDZ

@Dress for Success 2017-11-17

Help raise funds and awareness for Dress for Success by creating a Facebook fundraiser to share with friends and family. Set a goal, share on your page and help empower women. http://bit.ly/2ANqLOP

@Dress for Success 2017-11-15

You might be familiar with these two fabulous women, Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin as they co-founded the popular daily e-newsletter and app, theSkimm. In their mid-20s, they decided there must be a better way to consume news for people always on-the-go. 💼 Start your day feeling empowered with the top news: http://bit.ly/2AByrnn #WCW #WomenEmpoweringWomen #WomenInBiz

@Dress for Success 2017-11-14

Don't miss Dress for Success Worldwide - West's Shop for Success VIP Night! On November 30th, shop the top designer brands at a discount to support career development and employment retention programs for Dress for Success Worldwide-West. 👜 Purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/2hlRnyM

@Dress for Success 2017-11-12

Tickets are now available for the Annual 'Women Helping Women' Benefit Breakfast on Wednesday, December 6. This special event supports the Professional Women’s Group, a program specially created to help newly employed women better retain their employment. This year, our panel discussion consists of four powerhouse women, each with valuable advice from different stages of their careers: Jamie Kern Lima, Alysia Reiner, Coco Rocha and Lola Ogunnaike. Purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/2hpsTsh

@Dress for Success 2017-11-11

What has serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and joining Dress for Success done to help you define yourself as a leader? "They have both helped me to understand that its okay to fail, it’s what you do after that matters. Both have given me the tools necessary to get back up after those failures." - Lavet Velez Read her story: http://bit.ly/2marneZ

@Dress for Success 2017-11-10

Each Dress for Success relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission and provide services to women in their local community. Interested in volunteering? Learn more: http://bit.ly/2zpqGBr

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Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence.

Company Overview

Dress for Success Worldwide is an international 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Simply put, we teach women the tools to help them get back to work and assist them in remaining employed, as well as progressing in their positions until they have reached their desired level of professional achievement and personal fulfillment. We aim for each woman to attain self-sufficiency, so that she may establish a financial foundation on which to build a more secure life, a more stable family and stronger ties to her community.
We do this by addressing every phase of a woman’s career. Whether she’s unemployed and searching; recently employed and adjusting; or gainfully employed and succeeding, Dress for Success is there every step of the way on their path to financial freedom. We tap into the potential that already exists and provide each woman with the guidance needed for them to realize the power that has always been within them, as well as empower them to become the woman that they would like to be.
This continuum of services was established to streamline this success journey, so that the women we serve may evolve into leaders in the workforce, as well as leaders in life, as effectively and efficiently as possible. Because of the programs it offers, Dress for Success is able to help its clients go from surviving to thriving.

Since we opened our doors in New York City in 1997, we have grown into an organization that can be found almost 150 cities throughout 20 countries. Through this expansive reach, we are proud to have served more than 925,000 women in our 19 years of operation.

To connect with our Los Angeles or Chicago offices, please visit www.facebook.com/dfswest and www.facebook.com/dfscentral.


Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 150 cities in 23 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than nearly 1,000,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.


Dress for Success was founded in February 16, 1997


Suiting Program
Our Suiting Program is the first of many steps in a client’s path towards self-sufficiency and the actualization of her professional goals. Once they have secured an interview, clients are referred to us from one of our local partner agencies. On their first visit to Dress for Success, volunteers help them to pick out a suit and accessories for their interview. Not only does a professional appearance influence the final decision of a potential employer, but it also fosters confidence in the woman wearing the suit. This self-assuredness helps to guarantee that our clients will be fully-prepared to go on an interview, ready to answer and ask questions, and are more likely to secure meaningful employment. Once a client secures employment, she is invited to return to our offices, where she receives one week’s worth of office-appropriate clothing.

Career Center
Beginning with their first visit, clients are encouraged to use our Career Center, which promotes confidence and professionalism by providing women with career guidance, educational resources, and support to help them secure and maintain employment, while also enhancing their professional skills. Staff members and volunteers work one-on-one with clients by helping them to create superior résumés and cover letters, providing career counseling and mock interviews, and facilitating access to professional skills training courses. Half of the women that we serve do not have access to a computer, printer, or the internet outside of the Career Center. This technology is a key tool in preparing for and obtaining a rewarding career. By offering the resources and support needed to build their professional skills, we give our clients a competitive edge when searching for new employment or vying for a promotion. In 2009 we added a career coaching component to our Career Center so that clients, particularly those who have been displaced during the recent economic situation, can receive more extensive career counseling and support.

Professional Women’s Group
The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) encourages economic independence and career development by providing employed Dress for Success clients with a network of support, practical information, and the inspiration to achieve self-defined success in their career and life. It is the first and only employment retention model of its kind that moves low-income women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home, and their community. The PWG is operated like a professional association and membership is free and lifelong to all women who join. The program consists of monthly seminars on a variety of career development topics, networking with fellow members and other professionals in the community, and opportunities to participate in one-on-one career coaching, mentoring, and much more. Currently, 66 Dress for Success affiliates across the United States and Canada operate Professional Women’s Groups, with 10,000 total members (335 in New York City). In 2009, the employment retention rate for clients who remained involved with Dress for Success through the PWG for more than one year was 75%.

Financial Literacy Program
Understanding personal finance and being able to manage and save your earnings is a key component of achieving self-sufficiency and economic independence, the ultimate goal for disadvantaged women who are served by Dress for Success Worldwide. The Financial Literacy Program consists of a 15-week seminar series and is open to Professional Women’s Group (PWG) members who have been employed for at least one year and have demonstrated an interest and commitment to improving their financial lives. One of the features that makes this program such a success is that each session is interactive and action-oriented, so women are addressing their personal finance issues in real life, not just in a classroom. Participants are educated on topics that address a range of levels of financial sophistication including budgeting, basic banking, tackling debt issues, taxes, investing, and retirement. 100% of participants have a monthly budget, a savings account, a checking account, an emergency action plan if they were to lose their job, and had significantly reduced their debt.

Women 2 Women: Leadership for Life Mentoring Program
Women 2 Women helps Dress for Success clients to build a network of support, while also providing career development tools by pairing them with a mentor based on their area of career interest. This interaction benefits both the mentor and mentee by fostering a safe and supportive environment where participants can question and reflect upon their professional choices as they related to developing a career, while also setting and achieving both short-and long-term professional goals. In 2010 Dress for Success Worldwide will pair more than 30 clients with industry professionals in a mentoring relationship to assist them in working to meet their professional goals.


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