Send One Suit Week 2018

Join us for Send One Suit Week 2018!

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Inspiring Women, Inspiring Families

Inspiring working women is essential to the future of our community, and your gift makes our work possible. The effect of the work we do goes beyond strengthening the women we serve, it strengthens children and families.

Let me tell you about one of those women, Ki. Ki came to Dress for Success Indianapolis in early 2013 at a time she refers to as her ‘dark state.’ She participated in our pre-employment training and once she found a job, she stayed involved. She found a haven in Professional Women’s Group (PWG) and valued being a part of a sisterhood while having the comfort of being exactly who she was at the time.

Ki’s is the proud single mom of four children, two biological adult children and two adopted from a family member. She works full time and also owns a small business, Silk’s Essentials, where she makes and sells body care items. Her kids are big a part of the business and learn valuable lessons through working with their mom. Ki’s journey is also not over, she’s got big plans for her business, her children and herself. We can’t wait to see what she does next.

It doesn’t take much. With your support, we can help women in Indiana find meaningful employment and careers; women like Ki who now has a plan for her, and her children’s, futures. A donation of $150 will help a woman who has an upcoming interview find the perfect interview outfit, while a donation of $50 will pay for a job preparedness workshop. Your contribution, along with the support of our volunteers and community partners, means the world to these women.

Thank you for your support!
Barbara S. Ellsworth
Executive Director

Make #GivingTuesday #GivingShoesDay


After Black Friday and Cyber Monday there is Giving Tuesday! This day is dedicated to giving back after all those indulgences. Dress for Success Indianapolis is making #GivingTuesday #GivingShoesDay! We’re asking our community to consider a monetary donation to help women reenter the workforce with style, grace and hope for the future! We hope you consider donating in honor, or in memory, of a woman that helped you be the person you are today! On #GivingTuesday we will also be collecting professional women’s shoes at our boutique at 820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.



Join us at Stepping Out In Style 2017!!!

On Friday, September 8, 2017, Dress for Success Indianapolis and PNC Bank will present the 15th annual Stepping Out In Style fundraising event in downtown Indianapolis at the JW Marriott!

It will be a night of high fashion, great food, critical fundraising and loads of fun! The evening will include a cocktail reception sponsored by Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., dinner, fashion show and an after party sponsored by Mainstreet!

The Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. Cocktail Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, fashion show and the Mainstreet after party. During the cocktail reception, guests will be able to try their hand at the Diamond Dig and participate in our Cork Pull! Guests can then join us at the after party to visit with friends and meet our models, artist and sponsors for the evening.

Dress for Success Indianapolis will welcome community leaders and two of our PWG members as models to the stage for a high-energy fashion show. They will be wearing unique clothing from upscale local boutiques and walk the catwalk escorted by esteemed members of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Julia Moffitt, will grace the stage this year as our host while Denny Sponsel, President of RJE Business Interiors, returns as our Match Sponsor and will challenge our guests to raise more money than ever before to reach our $200,000+ fundraising goal.

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Career Development Program Manager Position Available

Dress for Success Indianapolis is currently hiring a Career Development Program Manager. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please send your resume and a cover letter to by 6/23/2017.

No phone calls, please.

Career Development Program Manager

Dress for Success Indianapolis is a non-profit agency providing professional clothing, confidence boosts, and career development support and services to women striving for self-sufficiency. Through the Suits for Success program, women receive a complete interview suit, personal service, and the opportunity to return for a second outfit once employment is obtained. Dress for Success Indianapolis also offers employment retention services through our Professional Women’s Group (PWG) as well as Next Steps – a networking and development program for employed women. To further support all clients of Dress for Success Indianapolis, we opened a Career Development Center in 2009 that includes a computer lab for client use along with individualized and group-based career development support. Since 2000, over 14,000 women in Indianapolis have been served by Dress for Success Indianapolis.

Indianapolis is one of over 125 Dress for Success affiliates worldwide. The office and boutique are located in downtown Indianapolis. The Career Development Program Manager oversees the implementation and development of the Career Development Center strategic plan and is responsible for the delivery of services to clients, coordination of one-on-one as well as group services along with the training and management of volunteers who support the Career Development Center, developing and maintaining community relationships and tracking outcomes.

The Career Development program at Dress for Success Indianapolis is focused on helping women secure new, or better employment. The Career Development Program Manager develops, evaluates and executes programming that helps unemployed women prepare for the workplace and find sustainable employment. They also help women who are underemployed prepare for, and find preferential employment. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Associate Director. This position is devoted to the Career Development Center program. A limited amount of evening and weekend work is required.


Client Services (60%)

  • Develop, manage, evaluate and execute career development programming, including pre-
    employment training and employment retention initiatives.
  • Collaboratively develop and manage relationships with referral agencies.
  • Collaboratively expand, engage and manage a network of employers who have the
    potential to hire our women.
  • Expand educational and training relationships with existing educational and training
    institutions and their Career Development departments.
  • Expand education, credential and skills training opportunities for clients.
  • Recruit and engage women in need of services.
  • Oversee operations of open computer lab hours.
  • Manage and establish protocols for services.
  • Manage the addition of accurate data regarding clients scheduled and served.
  • Promote Professional Women’s Group and any other employment retention opportunities.
  • Manage referrals to the Career Development Center and establish individualized career
    plans and job search strategies with clients.
  • Serve as a professional role-model for clients.

Volunteers (10%)

  • Recruit, train, manage and reward volunteers to support the Career Development Center.
  • Maintain accurate records for volunteers.

Community Relationships (20%)

  • Partner with community agencies to expand offerings and procure resources for clients.
  • Develop relationships and a system to make job opportunities available to benefit clients.
  • Coordinate Dress for Success Worldwide career development opportunities for clients.

General Administrative/Facilities (10%)

  • Keep all equipment and furniture in good working order.
  • Track expenses and grants as related to Career Development Center.
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings.
  • Perform additional tasks as requested by Associate or Executive Directors.


  • Be a positive and enthusiastic representative of and advocate for Dress for Success


  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 5 years experience in non-profit, human resources or related field preferred, or high school diploma or equivalent and 8 years work experience
  • Customer service experience, human resource experience, workforce development experience highly desirable
  • Experience working with at-risk and low-income populations desirable
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Administrative experience
  • Experience with adult learning, resume review and writing
  • Welcoming personality in-person and on telephone
  • Mature adult comfortable with enforcing policies
  • Professional and polished image
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • Strong computer skills in all Microsoft Office Suite programs


Visual: Required to view and/or prepare reports and other written or computer-generated


Oral: Required for heavy communications by telephone, one-on-one conversations and to conduct a wide variety of small to large group presentations;

Hearing: Required for heavy communications by telephone, one-on-one conversations and to conduct a wide variety of small to large group presentations;

Dexterity: Required for heavy keyboard use, maintaining computerized calendars and preparation of documents, reports, and presentations.

Other Physical: Requires sitting and standing for extended periods of time. Requires the ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds. Some travel both local and out-of town is also required to attend meetings and conferences.


  • Full-time, exempt position with a limited amount of weekend and night work


  • $38,000-$42,000/year (annual salary)
  • Free parking
  • Health insurance
  • 403 (b) retirement plan

Dress for Success Indianapolis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to make all personnel decisions without discriminating on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, physical disability, mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national or ethnic origin, and any other protected status.

Additional information about Dress for Success Indianapolis can be obtained at:

Spring Wine Dinner – THANK YOU!!!!

Join us for a night of wine pairings and food prepared by local chefs at this special event!

The dinner will be held at Matt the Miller’s on Thursday, May 18.

Cocktail hour starts at 6pm, Regular menu starts at 6:30pm.

Chefs for the night:

Anna Powell – Slow Food Indy
Zoe Taylor – Milktooth
Erica Oakley – The Alexander
Chelsea Roberts – Milktooth
Bryan Friedrich – Matt the Miller’s

Regular tickets ($75) include four courses and four specialty wine pairings.

A limited number of tickets are available!

All proceeds from this event go directly to support Dress for Success Indianapolis.


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Send One Suit Week 2017

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SOS Week 2017Dress for Success Indianapolis Encourages Area Organizations to Host Donation Drive
Send One Suit (S.O.S.) Week to take place April 16-21, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS—Dress for Success Indianapolis is asking for the community’s support to increase its level of participation during the annual Send One Suit – Week drive, April 16-21. Last year, 53 business and organization hosted donation drives. This year, Dress for Success Indianapolis hopes to increase that number to 75.

Only donations from the community make it possible for client to say things like, “I was feeling low and unsure of the direction of my life and what I can bring to a company. After coming to Dress for Success Indianapolis to get a suit and accessories for my interview, I am now confident about my professional appearance for the interview and getting the job.”

Dress for Success will use the gently-used suits, blouses and financial contributions collected during Send One Suit – Week to help prepare more than 1,250 Indianapolis-area women with interview-appropriate attire. Clothing items are given to disadvantaged women through the Suits for Success program to help transform the way they look and feel about their upcoming interview. Women who participate in the program are referred to Dress for Success Indianapolis through one of more than 100 partner agencies.

At Dress for Success Indianapolis, a volunteer personal shopper assists each woman with selecting an entire interview ensemble (suit, shoes, jewelry, hosiery, etc.) and provide interview tips to help empower them as they look to start or further their careers. Women can also come back to the Suits for Success program after they are hired for attire they need for work (business casual, scrubs, non-skid shoes and work pants, etc.).

Classic Cleaners is supporting for the tenth year by providing coupons for $10 off a dry cleaning order of $20 or more to those who donate during this campaign at any privately-sponsored drive.

Clothing donations can be made throughout the week at any Classic Cleaners store and financial donations to support the non-profit’s operations can be made at All donations support Dress for Success Indianapolis.

Dress for Success Indianapolis is a nonprofit organization whose mission is: “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 its inception in 1999, over 13,500 women have received an interview suit and a confidence boost through the Suits for Success program. Each year, Dress for Success Indianapolis partners with over 100 agencies in the community including: WorkOne, The Julian Center, Volunteers of America, IndyPendence Job Corps Center and Ivy Tech. Dress for Success Indianapolis is an affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide, an international nonprofit organization that has served over 750,000 women in more than 130 cities throughout the world. Please visit or call 317-940-3737 for more information.

Classic Cleaners, is one of the largest dry cleaning companies in Indiana with three production sites, 20 stores, and ten routes located on the north side including: Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, and Marion counties. The company credits its success to the community and believes in giving back through strategic partnerships with local not-for-profit organizations such as Dress for Success Indianapolis. Classic Cleaners has supported Dress for Success Indianapolis with its retail locations serving as a drop-off site for women’s suits and blouses year round since 2004. For more information and locations visit or call 317-845-5244.

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Your Donations Make Our Work Possible

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Inspiring women, like the ones we are introducing to you here, are essential to the future of our
community. Every day at Dress for Success Indianapolis, we meet women like the ones featured in this letter. Their backgrounds and experiences are different, but they share a common goal: working hard to change their, and their families’, lives. With your help, Dress for Success Indianapolis will inspire more than 1,400 women in Central Indiana in 2017.
It doesn’t take much. With your support, we can help women in Indiana find meaningful employment and careers, women who face one of the largest gender wage gaps in the country. A donation of $150 will help a woman who has an upcoming interview find the perfect interview outfit, while a donation of $50 will pay for a job preparedness workshop. Your contribution, along with the support of our volunteers and community partners, means the world to these women.
Meet Kitty, Loretta and Renu, who describe the impact of your donation better than we ever could.
Thank you for your support!





#GivingShoesDay 2016



Supporters across Indianapolis are encouraged to share their most memorable professional accomplishments and donate shoes to Dress for Success Indianapolis on Giving Tuesday


California Closets to provide an award for the top shoe donor in Indianapolis, ShoeDazzle to provide awards to the top ten donors throughout U.S. and Canada



Indianapolis, IN (November 11, 2016): Dress for Success® is encouraging its supporters to inspire women around the world by pairing shoe donations with the memory of an ‘In These Shoes’ accomplishment, as the not-for-profit organization once again celebrates #GivingShoesDay on Giving Tuesday, November 29th, 2016. The philanthropic one-day event urges women to give back to their local community by donating nearly new, professional shoes to Dress for Success Indianapolis or gifting a virtual and brand new pair of shoes in the form of a monetary donation.


The top ten donors who give the most shoes will be awarded a $75 dollar gift card to ShoeDazzle. In-kind donors also have the potential to do double good as ShoeDazzle will also be awarding the top three Dress for Success affiliates that garner the most total shoe donations throughout North America with thirty $100 gift cards for brand new product. Locally, California Closets is awarding the top shoe donor in Indianapolis with a $500 California Closets gift card.


Since its inception in 2012, the #GivingShoesDay campaign has overwhelmingly amassed more than 17,000 pairs of shoes donated through the organization’s 145 affiliates around the world. This year Dress for Success wants to explore the emotional significance of donating. “When remembering the biggest moments in our lives, the smallest details can take on a larger significance. This year we want our supporters to celebrate giving back with the professional accomplishments they’ve had,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. “We hope that the generous donations we receive this year allow our donors to reflect on their own journeys and encourage another woman to succeed the same way they have.”



To participate, women can bring their shoes to Dress for Success Indianapolis at any Central Indiana TCU branch, at California Closets’ showroom in Carmel, or at the office of Dress for Success Indianapolis between 9am-5pm on Tuesday, November 29th. Dress for Success Indianapolis has been the top affiliate for shoe donations for the past three years and hopes to continue this giving streak again this year.


For those who would like to give back, but are not in proximity to a participating affiliate, monetary donations of any value can be made on the Dress for Success Facebook Page or at Additional information on Dress for Success and #GivingShoesDay can be found at



About Dress for Success Indianapolis

Dress for Success Indianapolis is an affiliate of the international Dress for Success non-profit organization that provides interview suits and career development services to economically disadvantaged women. Since its launch in Indianapolis in 1999, over 11,000 women have been served. The organization also promotes economic independence, provides programs to raise self-esteem, connects women with professional resources, prepares women for employment, and assists in establishing a network of support to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information, please visit




About TCU

TCU is the largest Credit Union in the State of Indiana with more than $2 billion in assets, with 51 branches throughout the State of Indiana and Michigan. TCU not only offers traditional financial services to its members, but also non-traditional services such as travel, real estate and insurance. For more information, visit



About Dress for Success

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 145 cities in 21 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 950,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit to learn more.





Contact:     Andrea Cowley, Associate Director  – 317-940-3737 x 102 or

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