Dress For Success
The mission of Dress for Success 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 in life. Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization with more than 110 affiliates in 10 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 550,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. All Dress for Success organizations are not-for-profit entities, with Dress for Success Worldwide and its U.S. affiliates having 501(c)(3) charitable status and those outside the U.S. operating as registered charities.
Dress for Success will promote the film and campaign to their supporters and volunteers and will also provide content for the online platform. In addition, Dress for Success is the lead nonprofit partner for the “My Dollar, My Life” campaign element, sponsored by the Allstate Foundation and featuring personal finance expert Carmen Wong Ulrich as the spokesperson. “My Dollar, My Life” will invite the public to make a personal pledge to improve their financial lives, in solidarity with the women of Dress for Success who are participating in the organization’s financial literacy program. This element of the campaign will support the Dress for Success financial literacy program in seven cities, as well as the programs of Grameen Research and Grameen America.
Dress for Success serves women by referral only from more than 3,000 non-profit organizations including domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters and job-training programs. Each woman receives a business suit when she has a job interview, and she is also invited to participate in job preparation programs such as the Career Center and the Going Places Network. When she lands a job, she can join the Professional Women’s Group (PWG), which provides support, practical information and inspiration to help women achieve self-defined success in career and in life. The PWG is a networking association that meets on a monthly basis and offers women who have recently entered the workforce support and training on topics such as financial literacy, health and wellness, workplace communications and more.