My friend Dena Miller is the Dallas Chairwoman for Dress for Success (DFS) Dallas and I was honored to be her guest at this years gala A Night in Monte Carlo. 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.
The organization was founded in New York City in 1997, DFS is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed. The Dress for Success has served more than 650,000 women around the world. Each year they reach more than 65,000 women in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Ireland and the West Indies. The Dress for Success serves clients by referral only, and women must have an interview scheduled before receiving clothing. Clients come from a continually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organizations. Almost 4,500 organizations throughout the world send women to Dress for Success for professional apparel and career development services.
On her initial visit a woman receives a suit appropriate for the industry in which she is interviewing and, if available, accessories. After a woman finds a job she returns to Dress for Success for additional clothing that can be mixed and matched to make several outfits, providing her with the foundation for a professional wardrobe. This year’s Monte Carlo Night was a huge success indeed.