What We Do
The Mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of women by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Dress for Success was founded in New York City in 1997. Dress for Success Charlotte is one of more than 150 affiliates in 29 countries of the worldwide Dress for Success organization. Dress for Success has suited more than 1,000,000 women since 1997.
Dress for Success Charlotte was incorporated in 2000 and works in partnership with more than 70 Referral Agency Partners. In 2017, 759 women accessed at least one of its many programs or services. Key programs include: Interview and Employment Suiting: Complete interview outfits, including shoes and accessories, and a working wardrobe, up to five outfits, when she gets a job.; Professional Women’s Group (PWG): A networking association that encourages career growth for clients who have successfully gained employment. The PWG strives to teach employed women about workplace communication, corporate culture, financial literacy/wealth building, balancing family and work, and more; Going Places Network: Launched in April, 2011, 8 to 10-week sessions help unemployed and under-employed clients gain career skills, learn how to utilize job search resources, and build confidence; Career Center: A fully equipped business office and free resource for clients to use on their own or schedule a private appointment with an volunteer to learn Internet, email, and social media as job search tools; job placement software; résumé and cover-letter writing; interview preparation; and setting up an email account to apply online; Professional Development Workshops: Topics include “Are you Job Ready” and “Interviewing 101” and are offered bi-weekly by various HR partners.