Dress for Success, Columbus

Who We Are: The mission of Dress For Success is to empower 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. Our purpose and calling in the community is to support the achievement of women through empowerment as she shapes her own destiny.

What We Do: In Columbus, Dress for Success is the catalyst for workforce development leading to economic independence for our women. We provide personalized employment suiting in our High Street Boutique, Mobile Career Center, and even virtually, to equip her with confidence for her interview, and the ability to go-to-work with ease. DFS offers an easy-to use, reliable Career Center and tools like Interviewing for Success, Professional Women’s Group, Women2Women Mentoring, Boss Girl, and other programs that assist women in finding a job, helping her retain the position, and growing in her career through community-led resources.

Why We're Important: Dress For Success Columbus operates through 5 strategic pillars, each of equal importance: Dressing, Coaching, Empowering, Encouraging, and Celebrating. Each strategic pillar is critical to fueling the longterm success of our women, both in terms of acquiring work after hardship and growth throughout her career as well. Our values are important to us, and we strive to embody these in everything we do as we serve our community: care through sisterhood, service with dignity, personal and professional restoration, championship of inclusivity for all women, and celebrating Her success.

How We Impact The Community: DFSC has more a decade of experience and has served more than 18,000 Central Ohio women since 2007. Support from our community and more than 110 referral partners enabled us to empower more than 1,800 women in 2019. Upon completion of DFSC programs, women’s hourly wage increased from $12.50 to $13.38 per hour. For every $1 that was invested last year, our client’s wages increased by $1.63. That represented $1.4M in increased earnings in 2019!

How You Can Help: After the impact of COVID-19 on women in the year 2020, putting women back in the workforce is more important than ever. We invite you to contribute to the Mission of Dress For Success Columbus through a variety of methods: financial contributions; donations of gently-used professional attire for suiting our women; volunteer at our boutique or Mobile Career Center; become a mentor to our sisters through our Women2Women Mentoring program; become an Interviewing for Success coach; attend one of our signature events to learn more about our Mission (Dine.Drink.Dress. or Beyond the Suit).

Connect with Dress for Success, Columbus

1204 North High Street Columbus, OH 43201 614-291-5420 www.DFSColumbus.org

Donate: DFScmh.org/sophisticatedliving

Executive Director: Angel Harris

Email: angel@dfscmh.org

Senior Director, Fundraising, Marketing and Strategic Communications:

Stephanie Merkle Board Chair: Amanda Swenson Turner

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