Watch Our New Public Service Announcement!

Our friends at WRTV produced a fantastic PSA that highlights the work we’re honored to do here in Indianapolis. Watch the video by clicking here! 



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Support DFS Indianapolis at the Worth New York Sample Sale!

Worth New York will be presenting a 50% off sample sale June 24th and 25th  with 20% of the proceeds going directly to Dress for Success Indianapolis!

You can help support us as well as tell your friends to join us!

Call our office at 317-940-3737 if you have any questions!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dress for Success Indianapolis receives grant in honor of Harriet M. Ivey


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A $25,000 grant to Dress for Success Indianapolis from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust honors the Trust’s founding president and CEO Harriet Ivey who retired in January.   The grant will establish a new endowment fund called “The Founders Society….Stepping into the Future.”  Since 1998, the Trust has provided Dress for Success Indianapolis with six grants totaling $315,000.

The Trust also provided five other $25,000 grants in honor of Ms. Ivey. Other grants in Indianapolis went to Girls Inc., and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. In Phoenix, grants went to the Beatitudes Campus, Rosie’s House and A Stepping Stone Foundation.

Click here for more information about The Founders Society … Stepping into the Future!

Barbara Ellsworth Featured in NAWBO video

Barbara Ellsworth, Executive Director of Dress for Success Indianapolis was recently featured in a video for NAWBO – Indianapolis’ annual lunch. Watch this video that illustrates the power of women in business and their response to The Shriver Report released this year.


Send One Suit – Thank you Indianapolis!!

A huge THANK YOU to the hundreds of men and women who made Send One Suit – Week 2014 such a great success! Together with Harrison College and Classic Cleaners, we were able to collect over 10,000 garments and over $6,500 in monetary donations! This one week will help provide over 1,300 women with the appropriate attire for their interviews and workplaces.

Premier Sponsored Drives:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Mu Omega Chapter
Apex Benefits Group, Inc.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Citizens Energy Group
CORE Planning Strategies
Covance – Greenfield
Covance – Indianapolis
Harrison College
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Ladies Philoptochos Society at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Standard Drives:
Belle Chaise & The Indiana Design Center
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Blackbaud, Inc.
Carpenter Realtors
City Financial Corporation
Cohen & Malad
Creative Converting
Dress Homes
DF Insurance Agency, Inc
Executive Women in HealthCare
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church
Greystone Property Management Corporation
Harden Jackson LLC
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County
Ice Miller LLP
Indiana Secretary of State’s Office
IDO Incorporated
Indianapolis Mayor’s Office
Ingram Micro Mobility
IUPUI Women’s History Month
Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana-Indianapolis
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP
MBG Financial
Medtech College
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, LLP
Prime Car Wash
Regions Bank
Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
Simon Property Group
Somerset CPAs
The Jackson Group, An RR Donnelley Company
Theater on the Square
Town of McCordsville
JW Marriott Indianapolis

Interested in hosting a Send One Suit – Week drive in 2015? Email Brandy to get on our email list for updates!
Want to host an accessory or shoe drive to benefit Dress for Success Indianapolis? Click here for more information!

Remember, women’s suits and blouses can be donated all year long at any Classic Cleaners location! Click here to find your closest Classic Cleaners!  

Harrison College is 2014 Suits for Success Sponsor!

We’re excited to welcome Harrison College as our Suits for Success sponsor for 2014. Since the program’s launch in 2000, over 10,000 women have participated in this unique program. When a woman has an interview scheduled, she is referred to the Suits for Success program by one of our nearly 90 partner community agencies. At her appointment, our women are matched with a volunteer personal shopper who helps them pick out an entire interview ensemble (suit, shoes, jewelry, hosiery, etc.) and provide an invaluable confidence boost right before their big day. Women can also come back to the Suits for Success program for whatever attire they need for work (business casual, scrubs, non-skid shoes and work pants, etc.). Removing the barrier of clothing appropriate for interviews and work while celebrating new opportunities is a hallmark of this program. This collaboration illustrates Harrison College’s commitment to our women and or organization through planned opportunities for employees to volunteer, sponsorship of our annual Send One Suit – Week suit drive and also provides essential funds that guarantee our services are available to the women of our city. Thank you to Harrison College and their associates for working together with us to transform the lives of women in Indianapolis, their families and our community.


Send One Suit – Week 2014 Dates Announced!

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S.O.S. (Send One Suit) – Week: April 21-25, 2014

 Dress for Success Indianapolis is calling on women in the community to pass on their success by donating gently-used suits. The organization is sending out an S.O.S. to central Indiana residents to donate suits, blouses and make a financial contribution during the annual Send One Suit – Week, April 21 to April 25, 2014. Harrison College is the 2014 Suits for Success sponsor and Title sponsor for this exciting event! For the eighth time, Classic Cleaners is supporting Send One Suit – Week by providing coupons to those who donate during this campaign at any privately-sponsored drive.

Each year Dress for Success Indianapolis issues an S.O.S. to all Indianapolis residents: Donate one new or nearly new business suit and blouse and give a financial donation to help a local woman enter the workforce.

The public can help by hosting a private drive with friends or coworkers, donating gently used women’s suits and blouses at any Classic Cleaners store throughout the week or by making a financial donation to support the non-profit’s operations via All donations support Dress for Success Indianapolis. Classic Cleaners has a special offer for anyone who gives a suit, blouse, or financial donation at a registered private drive during S.O.S – Week. Every S.O.S. – Week donor will receive a coupon for $10 off a dry cleaning order of $20 or more. Individuals or businesses interested in hosting a S.O.S. – Week private drive should click here to sign up!

Donated suits and blouses will stock Dress for Success Indianapolis’s boutique where they will be given to disadvantaged women through the Suits for Success program to help transform the way they look and feel about their upcoming interview. Each of the over 1,200 woman served a year is referred to the Suits for Success program by one of nearly 90 partner referral agencies when she is job-ready and has an interview scheduled. At Dress for Success Indianapolis a volunteer Personal Shopper will help each woman pick out an entire interview ensemble, giving interview tips and a priceless confidence boost along the way. Once hired, she is invited back to the boutique to select an outfit appropriate for her new position. Only donations from the community make it possible for clients to say things like, “I felt like the suit I chose was once worn by a very successful woman who had just passed on a bit of her success to me.”

The organization’s work does not end after the clients have received work apparel. Dress for Success Indianapolis also invites women to join the Professional Women’s Group, which meets monthly to provide post-employment support to women on their journey to self-sufficiency. The organization also provides every client with individualized career support through its Career Development Center.

click here to sign up online! 

Can you make more stories like Jeronna’s possible?

Click here to watch Jeronna’s story!

Change often happens when remaining in a situation is more difficult than forging a new path. The financial donations to Dress for Success Indianapolis made by our community, have helped us serve over 10,000 women in Central Indiana as they determine a new destiny for themselves, their families and our city.

Jeronna is a shining example of how Dress for Success Indianapolis ignites the passion needed for change in the women we work with. Jeronna moved to Indianapolis from Ohio with the promise of a new job. She packed up her young son, along with all their belongings, and checked into a hotel to wait for the final paperwork to arrive. The paperwork didn’t come, but a phone call did that informed her that due to a funding problem, the position would not be created.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jeronna was determined to create a new life in Indianapolis and quickly started a new job search. Living in a hotel and paying for meals quickly drained all her savings, and Jeronna soon found herself staying in a local shelter with her son. She had lost her storage and all of the possessions of her past life, including her business clothing. That’s when she was referred to Dress for Success Indianapolis. Jeronna says the day she came to see us was the day everything changed for her. She landed her current job the day after she received her suit, and quickly joined our post-employment program, Professional Women’s Group (PWG).

Jeronna’s first PWG meeting was a goal-setting workshop called Dare to Dream. The workshop gave her hope for a brighter future and helped her determine what was next. She shared, “With Dare to Dream you are investing in yourself the opportunity and willingness to see yourself differently, your potential and your value.”

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The workshop was just the start for Jeronna. She has since graduated to a Lifelong PWG member, completed two financial literacy courses, established a college savings account for her son and is participating in a life-coaching program. She continues to thrive and now volunteers with us to pay forward the opportunities she’s been given. In fact, she told her story to over 950 people at Stepping Out In Style this year.

Jeronna sums up our work perfectly, “PWG takes you to a whole other level and makes you responsible. A lot of people focus on their weaknesses, but PWG teaches you to focus on your strengths.” With your financial donation, Jeronna’s strengths will continue to develop, and we are honored to be a part of her journey toward a better future.

Please consider making a gift that will allow us to continue providing programming that empowers women to succeed. Jeronna is currently planning on starting her own business, and we look forward to sharing her future success with you.


Barbara S. Ellsworth
Executive Director, Dress for Success Indianapolis

P.S. Your donation is a gift of hope for a brighter future for women and their families in our city. Thank you in advance for the impact your donation will make in Jeronna’s life and the lives of the 1,500+ women we’ll serve in 2014. 

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Dress for Success Worldwide Partners With QVC


Dress for Success Worldwide Chosen to Participate in QVC’s “Give Joy” Campaign 

Dress for Success Worldwide and QVC Turn #GivingTuesday into a Month-Long Celebration  Customers Donate Directly to One of Four Charities with QVC Matching the First $150,000 in Donations

New York, NY (December 3, 2013): Dress for Success Worldwide has joined QVC to extend #GivingTuesday beyond the one day of encouraged goodwill, offering supporters the opportunity to give back for an entire month, from December 3, 2013 through January 3, 2014. QVC will match customer donations to four select charities, up to $150,000 raised collectively. Dress for Success Worldwide will use “Give Joy” funds to continue providing professional attire, support, and career development tools to women to help them thrive in work and life.

As a part of this initiative, once Dress for Success Worldwide reaches their $300,000 fundraising goal, they will create a fund where 20% of the monies raised above and beyond $300,000 through the QVC Give Joy campaign will be allocated to U.S. affiliates. Dress for Success Indianapolis is an independent affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide and hopes to be one of the recipients.

In addition to Dress for Success Worldwide, “Give Joy” beneficiaries include the American Heart Association, Cancer and Careers, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  Each organization will be given a dedicated item number and customers will have the ability to purchase a $10 donation to the charity of their choice, just as they would buy any other item via and mobile platforms. The item number to donate to Dress for Success is S7125.

“The holidays can be exceptionally hard for women who have no steady income,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide.  “Through this campaign, QVC is helping to raise funds and awareness for our mission at a time when it is needed most and is ultimately helping us get more women back to work.”

QVC is the global leader in video and e-Commerce and throughout the year participates in various initiatives to support the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships. QVC’s “Give Joy” campaign supports this mission by making charitable giving easy and joyful for their customers this holiday season.

“At QVC, we believe that the holidays aren’t just about giving, but also about giving back. #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages giving during the holiday season and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Paul Capelli, VP, Corporate Communications and Community Affairs, QVC. “Through ‘Give Joy,’ we are not only matching funds for our featured charities, but also building awareness for the incredible work they’re doing and the resources and services that they can provide.”

“The generosity of partners locally, as well as nationally, allows Dress for Success Indianapolis to serve more women in our community and help them regain self-sufficiency. Through potential corporate donations such as these, we can help women right here in Indianapolis change their futures, the futures of their families and our community as a whole,” Said Barbara Ellsworth, Executive Director of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

More information on “Give Joy” and how to donate to Dress for Success Worldwide through the campaign can be found at or by calling QVC at (800) 345-1515.

Make Giving Tuesday – Giving Shoesday for Dress for Success Indianapolis


 Women across Indianapolis Are Encouraged to Donate Professional Shoes To Dress for Success Indianapolis on this National Day of Giving

 The Top 10 Shoe Donors throughout the Country Will Receive a Complimentary Pair of Limited Holiday Edition Palace Heels from Fergie Footwear. Locally, the top donor will receive a $100 gift certificate to Studio 2000 Salon and Day Spa.

 Indianapolis, IN (December 3, 2013): Dress for Success is turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingShoesDay once again on Tuesday, December 3, to honor this national day of giving.  For the second year in a row, #GivingShoesDay encourages women to donate their professional shoes to one of 50 Dress for Success affiliates across the United States—including Dress for Success Indianapolis.  But, supporters of Dress for Success won’t be the only ones giving on this distinguished day of charity—the top 10 shoe donors across the country will receive a complimentary pair of limited holiday edition Palace heels from Fergie Footwear. Locally, the top shoe donor will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Studio 2000 Salon and Day Spa, a year-round partner of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

Joining the ranks of post-Thanksgiving campaigns such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingShoesDay proved to be a tremendous #GivingTuesday success for Dress for Success, with almost 450 pairs of shoes donated through the organization’s nationwide network of affiliates dedicated to helping women reenter and progress in the workforce.  Having a complete outfit that a woman feels confident in is the key to making a good first impression in an interview setting and, therefore acquiring a new career, making the need for shoes ever-important to this organization.

“My dream has been to design a one-of-kind limited edition shoe for the holidays, and this year we finally made it happen,” said Fergie. “Because this is such a special design, I thought it only appropriate to share them as a gift with inspiring women across the country. The retail proceeds from this limited edition shoe are benefitting one of my favorite charities, Dress for Success.”

Fergie Footwear, owned by Brown Shoe Company, is known for fashion-forward footwear that captures the essence of the eight-time Grammy award-winning artist and style icon, Fergie Duhamel, who is not only a force in the music industry, but also a respected entrepreneur and committed philanthropist. Her debut solo album,
“The Dutchess,” spawned five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, three of which went to number one.

The fire-engine red Palace heel is the latest in the Fergie Footwear line and this lively, limited-edition pump is perfect for the holiday party season.  In addition to awarding the top 10 #GivingShoesDay donors with a pair of Palace heels of their own, Fergie Footwear is also donating 40 percent of the proceeds from the sale of this shoe to Dress for Success Worldwide through the beginning of the New Year.

“Through her music, Fergie has always empowered women to be their strongest, most confident self and we love that she is continuing that same messaging through her footwear line, as well,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide.  “Our partnership with Fergie Footwear provides an enticing incentive for women to give back on #GivingTuesday, but more importantly, it will also help Dress for Success get even more women back to work.”

“Interview-appropriate shoes and boots are always one of our biggest donation needs. We’re thrilled to participate in this national event and are continuously humbled by the generosity of our community,” said Barbara S. Ellsworth, Executive Director of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

To participate, women can simply bring their shoes to the boutique (820 N. Meridian Street) on Tuesday, December 3.

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