2018 Professional Women’s Group (PWG) Graduation

Last night, family, friends, peers, volunteers, and staff celebrated as 16 women graduated to life-long Professional Women’s Group (PWG) membership status. Each woman had to commit to months of classes, workshops, projects, and homework. Most importantly, these women had to commit to investing in and loving themselves.

The night was filled with laughs, prizes, and a musical performance from a life-long PWG member, Pamela Caplinger. First Lady Alicia Ramsey, of New Life Worship Center, shared an inspiring message about motivation and revelation with the graduates. The celebration concluded with each graduate receiving a necklace with a pearl pendant, symbolic of being formed from grit and work, and a gift from the Yelp Indy community and PWG Resource Committee.



Professional Women’s Group is an optional program at Dress for Success, that provides support and resources to help women retain employment, advance in their careers and lives. Participants are invited to join PWG after they have secured employment.

The night was sponsored, supported, and produced by a host of community partners and volunteers including Fifth Third Bank, MBP Catering, Marian Inc., Tilly’s Tea Room, Circle City Kombucha, Yelp Indy, Phil Donahue Photography, the PWG Advisory Committee, and the PWG Leadership Committee. Thank you all!

Help us help women like Andrea

Thanks to you, more than 1,000 Indianapolis women have received interview suits, career development services, and professional trainings on their journey towards economic independence. The effect of the work we do at Dress for Success goes beyond strengthening the women we support, it strengthens children, families, and communities. It is because of your generosity that these women and their families are increasingly stable and financially secure.

Let me introduce you to Andrea Sims.

Andrea is a survivor of domestic violence, who had to face the day to day realities of being a divorced, single mother. One of her children has special needs with autism. A car accident left Andrea emotionally, physically, and financially depleted, but also made her even more determined to succeed. Andrea had to re-learn how to walk and how to learn, eventually graduating with an Associate’s Degree in May of this year. During her time in college, Andrea demonstrated leadership as a Student Senator and Vice President of the Business Club, while serving on the Campus Activists Board. As a dean’s list student, she was awarded the honor of becoming a Chancellor’s Service Scholar, Bowen Scholar, and Trio Scholar. She plans to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in the following years. Andrea is the first of ten siblings to graduate from college, while working two jobs, caring for her sons, and being an active member of the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) at Dress for Success Indianapolis.

She attributes Dress for Success for helping her to develop outside and in. To her, that is priceless!

Every day, your support makes stories like Andrea’s possible. We are ending our year with a Year-End Campaign goal of raising $25,000, which would allow us to provide employment preparedness workshops for an additional 500 local women. We need your help to make it happen. Empowering working women is essential to the future of our community, and your gift makes our work possible.

Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation to help us meet our goal? Gifts can be made online at www.indydfs.org or by check.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

With gratitude,

Julie Petr
Executive Director

2018 SOIS Photo Recap

The photos are in! Click the image below from the Stepping Out In Style Fashion Show, our annual fundraiser, sponsored by PNC. The event was held on October 5th, at JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.

All images were taken by Faith Blackwell. If you see yourself, you can purchase photos here.

2018 Stepping Out In Style Fashion Show

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