Stepping Out In Style 2018

On Friday, October 5, 2018, Dress for Success Indianapolis and PNC Bank will present the 16th 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 includes a cocktail reception sponsored by IPL, dinner, fashion show and an after party sponsored by Classic Cleaners. Artwork for this year’s event was created by Wendy Franklin.

 

The IPL cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, fashion show and the Classic Cleaners after party. During the cocktail reception, guests can purchase tickets for the Grand Prize Drawing, and try their hand at the Indy Facets Diamond Dig! 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 Professional Women’s Group members as models to the stage for a high-energy fashion show. They will be wearing unique clothing from upscale local boutiques and walking the catwalk escorted by esteemed members of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

 

Longtime supporter, Julia Moffitt, will join us as our event emcee, while Denny Sponsel, President of RJE Business Interiors, also returns as our Match Sponsor challenging our guests to raise more money than ever before to reach our $200,000+ fundraising goal.

 

A limited number of corporate tables are still available and may be purchased by visiting www.steppingoutinstyle.org. Tickets and individual tables are also available by contacting Dress for Success Indianapolis at 317-940-3737 or visiting www.steppingoutinstyle.org.

Send One Suit Week 2018

Join us for Send One Suit Week 2018!

Learn more at the link below!

 

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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.

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY! 

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.

Click here for more information!!

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 Indianapolis@dressforsuccess.org 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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

Ongoing

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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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
  • HIGH LEVEL OF PASSION AND COMMITMENT TO THE DRESS FOR SUCCESS MISSION

ADA REQUIREMENTS

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

documents;

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.

CLASSIFICATION & HOURS

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

WAGE & BENEFITS

  • $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:

www.indydfs.org.

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.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!

Send One Suit Week Classic Cleaners Coupon

SOS 2017 coupon

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 www.indydfs.org. All donations support Dress for Success Indianapolis.

ABOUT 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 www.indydfs.org or call 317-940-3737 for more information.

ABOUT CLASSIC CLEANERS
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 www.ClassicCleaners.net or call 317-845-5244.

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Your Donations Make Our Work Possible

Click here to make your donation today! 

renu

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!

nevalene

 

loretta

 

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