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Events | Past Worldwide Events

Dress for Success Worldwide hosts a variety of events throughout the year. For more information about our upcoming events, please click here.

Women in Business:  Making Change

September 16, 2014

NASDAQ Marketsite

Dress for Success® Worldwide hosted its eighth annual Women in Business: Making Change power breakfast at NASDAQ Marketsite on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.  It was mododerated by personal finance expert Carmen Rita Wong and the keynote address was delivered by Kathleen Murphy, President of Personal Investing for Fidelity Investments.  Women in Business: Making Change raises funds and awareness for Dress for Success' Financial Literacy Program.


The Financial Literacy Program serves the women of the Professional Women’s Group (PWG).  Dress for Success addresses every phase of a woman’s career, and the PWG is a monthly networking forum focused on job retention and elevation for women who have recently reentered the workforce.  The Financial Literacy Program allows these women to build on the knowledge that they’ve gained in the PWG meetings and take planning for their financial future to the next level.  To date, 100 percent of program graduates have made upturns in their financial habits, and the women who participated in this summer’s 13-week program in New York City collectively paid off $19,000 of debt and saved a combined total of $14,000.  One of those women is Nicole Corbin, the client speaker for the morning, who was able to pay off almost $10,000 of her debt and save $6,500 in an emergency fund.


In addition to Nicole’s success story, AXA announced the newest “Pursuit Beyond the Suit” recipients at the breakfast.  AXA helped Dress for Success launch this scholarship program for the PWG five years ago. AXA provided a total of $25,000 in scholarships to PWG members around the country.


QBE also received special recognition for the advancements that they’ve helped Dress for Success make in its PWG program. QBE has been a long-term supporter of the Success Summit, a three-day leadership conference for PWG members and the program coordinators. 


This year’s Women in Business: Making Change was presented by OSP Group and sponsored by RBS, who has been supporting this event since its inception.  Thank you to all our other sponsors and everyone who made this event such a success! 


Dress for Success Worldwide Gala 2014

April 3, 2014

Grand Hyatt New York

Grand Ballroom

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Reception/Silent Auction

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Dinner/Awards

For 16 years Dress for Success has helped empower women in need. Our services and programs have helped more than 775,000 lives globally - moving individuals and families from barely surviving to significantly thriving. And this year close to 800 of our friends and supporters gathered together to share in the transformation of our clients from disadvantaged women to empowered professionals, excelling in both their careers and personal lives. Something to Share is always more than just a fundraising gala; it was a night of laughter, tears, inspiration and jubilation.

At this year’s gala we honored QVC, the world's leading video and eComerce retailer.  This award was accepted by Claire Watts, U.S., QVC.  Each year, Dress for Success also honors the mothers of high-profile celebrities and/or influencers, and the 2014 Toast to our Mothers honoree was Mary Anthony, mother of athlete Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.



Women Helping Women

December 10, 2013

Grand Hyatt New York

Manhattan Ballroom

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

A single thread has the power to change the world, and this years Women Helping Women celebrated those fearless women who have wholeheartedly used their stories, experiences and knowledge - their threads - to help open unlimited opportunities and create an undeniable network of support for the women around them. 


The inspiring discussion was led by three leading ladies at various stages in their careers - a Pioneer, a Principle and a Protégé - who refleced on the importance of compassion, communication and camaraderie between women and the valuable connections that have helped them succeed.


During this power breakfast we officially launched Dress for Success Worldwide’s first ever coffee-table book, THREADS, a moving keepsake that highlights the strength of your support and the ties that bind us all.


 The panel consisted of:

Pioneer Speaker: Essie Weingarten, Founder, Essie Cosmetics

Principle Speaker: Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Founder & Head of Strategic Alliances, Gilt Groupe

Protégé Speaker: Alexa von Tobel, Founder & CEO, LearnVest.com

Moderator:  Tai Beauchamp, style & lifestyle expert, media personality

 Click above to view available speaker bios.





Women in Business:  Making Change

September 18, 2013

The New York Stock Exchange

Main Dining Room

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM


As the autumn season commenced, more than 200 women throughout the financial and banking industries gathered to help the clients of Dress for Success Worldwide turn over a new leaf of financial literacy at the 7th annual Women in Business: Making Change power breakfast, which took place at the New York Stock Exchange on September 18th. 


This annual power breakfast raised $100,000 and increased awareness of our Financial Literacy Program, which educates women on the most effective ways to save and manage their money to maintain a financially prosperous life.  The Dress for Success Worldwide Board of Directors, staff and the women we serve would like to thank all of our sponsors and guests for helping us achieve this goal.


Carmen Wong Ulrich, Co-Founder and President of ALTA Wealth Management and the former host and co-creator of CNBC’s daily personal finance show, On the Money, returned as guest host for another year, kicking off the event with a rousing story about her longstanding relationship with Dress for Success.


Karen Finerman, co-founder and president of Metropolitan Capital Advisors Inc., was our keynote speaker for the event.  Ms. Finerman reflected on her own career and experiences, which women seeking success both professionally and personally can use as a guide, as described in her recently released New York Times bestseller, Finerman's Rules: Secrets I'd Only Tell My Daughters About Business and Life.


Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide, welcomed the attendees and announced a brand new initiative for the organization, Dress for Success’ first collection of published client stories: Threads.  Amy Tashjian, Director of East Coast Operations for Dress for Success Worldwide, heralded the accomplishments of the organization’s Financial Literary Program, especially those of the 2013 graduates. 


Faith Frank, President of the AXA Foundation, announced the 10 recipients of this year’s “Beyond the Suit” scholarship, a program for Dress for Success’ Professional Women’s Group. The Women’s Bond Club also received special recognition at the event for the advancements that they’ve helped Dress for Success make in its Career Centers and Professional Women’s Group.


Maurece Jones, the Dress for Success “Success Ambassador” for Women in Business: Making Change, gave a heartfelt and emotional speech, as she detailed the accomplishments she was able to achieve through the Financial Literacy Program. 


Thank you to everyone who made this event such a success!  Please visit our upcoming events page for details about our 2013 and 2014 events.

Presenting Sponsors:

Held on December 5, 2012, our Women Helping Women breakfast was a phenomenal success. On behalf of the Dress for Success Worldwide Board of Directors, staff and the women we serve, we would like to thank those who attended and supported this event.

We are especially thankful to our presenting sponsor, Verizon!

The enthusiasm and generosity of the participants enabled Dress for Success Worldwide to raise nearly $100,000 in support our Professional Women’s Group.

 As our guest of honor Stacy London said, Dress for Success does not just suit a woman and send her on her way. It is our mission to continue to support, encourage and empower all of the women who come through our doors throughout their lives.

 Guests were inspired by our PWG Member, Tamara Bullock, who opened her heart to share her story with attendees (and sing in public).  We are so proud to have her represent Dress for Success and know that everyone in the room was as moved by her story as we were. 

 A tremendous thank you again to everyone who made this event such a success!

Please visit our upcoming events page for details about our 2013 events.

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