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Suzanne Elliott


Dress for Success celebrates its 10,000th Professional Women's
Group Member at Success Summit

Professional Women's Group Provides Low-Income Women with Guidance,
Support and Skills to Advance in the Workplace

New York, NY - July 25, 2007 Dress for Success announced at the third annual Success Summit that its Professional Women's Group now has a membership of 10,000 in North America. The Professional Women's Group (PWG) is an international employment retention program, which empowers low-income women to advance in their careers, develop leadership skills, and contribute to their communities. The Success Summit is the annual leadership conference for the PWG, hosted by Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.

"The Professional Women's Group is the cornerstone of Dress for Success' employment retention programs so helping 10,000 PWG women build their careers and move towards self-sufficiency has truly been a remarkable accomplishment for our organization. We plan to expand our Professional Women's Group programs to more Dress for Success affiliates in the near future in order to reach more women in need," said Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Dress for Success Worldwide.

The PWG was created to promote employment retention and career advancement by providing valuable skill-building information, while creating a safe environment for newly-working women to network with other professionals. Dress for Success PWG members attend monthly seminars on a variety of career development topics and are eligible for career coaching, mentoring and discounts on various professional products and services. PWG members range in age from 18-73 and the average age for a PWG member is 40. In addition, more than half of our members have children living at home. Dress for Success' PWG is the first and only employment retention model that moves low-income women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community.

The Professional Women's Group originated nine years ago in New York City with a membership of 29. With a current membership of 10,000, the PWG program has grown tremendously and has expanded to 48 Dress for Success locations in the U.S. and Canada. Over the past nine years, the PWG has helped 10,000 women build careers, manage work-life balance, be role models for their children and become leaders within their communities. After their PWG experience, members become passionate about using the information they learned to give back to their local communities.

Following one year of PWG membership:
  • Approximately 75% of PWG members remain employed.
  • 62% of Professional Women's Group members have been promoted and/or received salary increases.
  • 60% of Professional Women's Group members have improved their credit.
  • 57% of Professional Women's Group members have furthered their education by enrolling in or completing a GED or college program.

National and international supporters of our Professional Women's Group include: Robert Half International, FranklinCovey, BorrowSmart, Smiles for Success and A Hand UP Coaching.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 80 cities in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK. To date, Dress for Success has helped more that 350,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

The Professional Women's Group of Dress for Success is the first and only employment retention model that moves low-income women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and the community. There are currently 48 Professional Women's Group programs nationwide with a total membership of 10,000.

Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more. 


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