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 Tickets and individual tables are also available by contacting Dress for Success Indianapolis at 317-940-3737 or visiting

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

#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

Join us for Stepping Out In Style 2015!

SOIS 2015 Splash flat

Worth New York to host sale to benefit Dress for Success Indianapolis


#GivingTuesday is #GivingShoesDay

Indianapolis (December 2, 2014): Dress for Success® is once again turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingShoesDay on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, to honor this day of giving.  For the third year in a row, #GivingShoesDay encourages women to donate their professional shoes to one of more than 135 Dress for Success affiliates across the world—including Dress for Success Indianapolis.


Last year, Fergie Footwear partnered with Dress for Success Worldwide to give something back to those that donate their shoes on this distinguished day of charity and, this year, the shoe brand is upping the ante.  The top 10 individual shoe donors from around the world will receive a complimentary pair of limited holiday edition Raegan heels, in addition, the top three Dress for Success affiliates across the globe that garner the most total donations will also be awarded with a special gift of brand new shoes directly from Fergie Footwear. Last year, one of the donors from Indianapolis was among the top 10 donors and received a complimentary pair of Fergie Footwear heels.


Joining the ranks of post-Thanksgiving campaigns such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingShoesDay has proven to be a tremendous #GivingTuesday success for Dress for Success Indianapolis. In 2013 over 250 pairs of interview-appropriate shoes were donated. This year, Dress for Success Indianapolis is partnering with central Indiana Teachers Credit Union (TCU) branches to provide donors even more locations to donate. Interview-appropriate shoes will be collected on December 2nd from 9am-5pm at any Central Indiana TCU branch, or directly at Dress for Success Indianapolis (820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN).


“Dress for Success Indianapolis does so much more than provide interview attire for women in our community. We also help women step closer to self-sufficiency by helping them prepare for, secure and keep sustainable employment. In order to do this, we rely on our amazing community to continue to provide resources so our women have the opportunity to achieve success in work, and in life,” said Barbara Ellsworth, Executive Director.


To participate in Giving Shoes Day, women can simply bring their shoes to any central Indiana TCU location, or directly to Dress for Success Indianapolis at 820 N. Meridian Street on Tuesday, December 2nd from 9am-5pm.  For those who would like to donate shoes for #GivingShoesDay, but are not able to bring them in on that day, the professional footwear can be sent to the Dress for Success Indianapolis, where donations of clothing, shoes and accessories are always accepted.  These shipped donations must arrive by December 2 to be considered for #GivingShoesDay, with a note stating that #GivingShoesDay is what the shoes are being donated for.

Stepping Out In Style 2014, presented by PNC Bank!

Click here to check out pictures from the event! 

On Friday, September 5, 2014, Dress for Success Indianapolis and PNC Bank presented the 12th annual Stepping Out In Style fundraising event in downtown Indianapolis at the JW Marriott!

It was a night of high fashion, great food, critical fundraising and loads of fun! The evening included a cocktail reception sponsored by Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., dinner, fashion show and an after party sponsored by Citizens Energy Group. Artwork for this year’s event was created by Heather Stamanov.

The Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. cocktail reception began at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, fashion show and the Citizens Energy Group after party. During the cocktail reception, guests could purchase tickets for the Grand Prize Drawing, bid on fabulous items through the Mainstreet silent auction, and try their hand at the Diamond Dig, sponsored by Aronstam Fine Jewelers! Guests then joined us at the after party to visit with friends and meet our models, artist and sponsors for the evening.

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

Connie Bond Stuart, PNC Bank Regional President, graced the runway this year as our Honorary Chair, while Julia Moffitt from WTHR – Channel 13 returned as our emcee for the evening.  Denny Sponsel, President of RJE Business Interiors, also returned as our Match Sponsor and will challenge our guests to raise more money than ever before to reach our $200,000+ fundraising goal.

Models for 2014 include:
Nicole Bickett – 
Chief Administrative Officer, Mainstreet
Karen Crotchfelt – President and Publisher, Star Media
Meggie Dials – Regional Director of Channel Sales, ExactTarget; Founder, The Sussy Project
Shyra Ely-Gash – Wardrobe Stylist and Former WNBA Player
Kelly Huntington
 – President and CEO, Indianapolis Power and Light Company
Gwendolyn Jackson – Lifelong Professional Women’s Group (PWG) Member
Michele Jackson – Partner, Harden Jackson, LLC; Executive Director, MLJ Adoptions; Founder, Global Orphan Foundation
Jeffifer Kahn – Director, BI Worldwide
Thea E. Kelly – Senior Counsel Commercial Operations, Dow AgroSciences LLC
Jewel Lofton – Lifelong Professional Women’s Group (PWG) Member
Allyson Morrison – Lifelong Professional Women’s Group (PWG) Member
Terina Perry – Project Manager Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Products
Andrea Roberts Pierson – Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Debra Ross – Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, The National Bank of Indianapolis
Sunny Lu Williams – Vice President Business Development, Telamon

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!

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!  

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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