Who We Are | Worldwide Staff
Dress for Success Worldwide was formed in New York City in 1999. In addition to offering assistance to affiliates around the globe, Dress for Success Worldwide staff members oversee major fundraising efforts, worldwide corporate sponsorships, policy development and implementation, brand management, the two annual meetings (the Professional Women's Group
Success Summit and the
Leadership Conference) and organizational expansion.
Dress for Success Worldwide
32 East 31st Street
New York, NY 10016
Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer
Joi Gordon joined Dress for Success as the executive director of the New York program in 1999 and in 2002 took over leadership of Dress for Success Worldwide. One of Joi's primary goals is to ensure that Dress for Success becomes recognized as an acknowledged leader in promoting the economic and social development of disadvantaged women while expanding the organization's reach so that more and more women across the globe will have access to the resources and tools they need to succeed in the workplace.
One of Joi's proudest accomplishments is to have succeeded in building a passionate, dedicated and talented staff who will make these objectives a reality. Assembling such a capable group has enabled Dress for Success to improve the services that it offers to its clients, who now number more than
65,000 worldwide each year. In addition, the staff has expanded and strengthened the organization's affiliate network and increased the support that is offered to its members.
"I am incredibly fortunate to have a job that combines my commitment to public service with my passion for women's issues," says Joi.
As the CEO of Worldwide, Joi spearheaded a rebranding of Dress for Success, complete with a new mission statement, tagline and logo. Under her leadership the organization has increased its focus to include employment retention in addition to suiting. Dress for Success now supports women as they find and retain employment and helps them turn their jobs into rewarding careers. Our suiting program has grown tremendously while the organization has launched new initiatives to assist our clients in their efforts to grow professionally.
her professional activities and relationships, Joi is a member
of the board of directors of America's Charities, a non profit
leader in workplace giving. Joi also serves on the
advisory board of Atlanta-based non-profit
Project Single Mom and is a member of Greater Queens Chapter
of the Links, Inc. She served on the corporate board of
directors of Urban Brands, owner of Ashley Stewart a leading
specialty retailer who targets the fashion-savvy urban woman.
She also served on several inaugural women’s advisory councils
including those for American Airlines, Office Depot and VOICE,
an imprint of Hyperion Books. Over the past several years a
number of prominent institutions have recognized Joi for her
achievements. In 2009 she was presented with the Vice
Chancellor’s Award from The American Foundation for the
University of the West Indies
and named by Network Journal Magazine as one of the
25 Most Influential Black Women in Business. In
2007 Joi received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Office
Depot, Harlem YMCA and Coalition of 100 Black Women in
New York City, among other
organizations, have presented Joi with community service and
visionary awards to acknowledge her contributions. A
February 2007 cover story in
magazine recognized Joi’s leadership of Dress for Success as
an example of successful social entrepreneurism. Joi received her B.A. in radio/
television broadcasting from the University of Oklahoma and her
juris doctorate from its College of Law. She lives in Queens with her husband Errol, where they own and operate
a fleet of luxury limousines. Her greatest joys are her two
children, Sydney and Nicholas.
Liz Carey, Executive Vice President of Affiliate Relations & Information
The executive vice president of affiliate
relations & information technology at Dress for Success Worldwide, Liz
Carey oversees the overall health and governance of the organization’s
Since coming to Dress for Success in 2004, Liz has increased
communications with affiliates and improved the support and materials provided to
them by the Worldwide office. She has implemented systems that allow the
Worldwide office to evaluate the accomplishments of its members and to track
growth in a number of areas on an annual basis. New policies relating to the
accountability and transparency of affiliate operations have helped strengthen
the organization as a whole.
By overhauling the application process
for new affiliates, Liz has ensured that candidates are better
informed about starting and managing an affiliate of Dress for
Success and the expectations of Worldwide. The
organization's new programs are stronger and more effective as
a result of the revised procedures.
Liz has managed both the re-design of the organizational Web
site, which has enhanced Dress for Success’ presence on the
Internet, and the creation and launch of an Intranet site for
affiliates that offers resources and communications tools.
Under her leadership the annual affiliate leadership
conference has become an increasingly valuable experience for
affiliates. By recruiting well-known and respected
expert speakers to present on a range of topics, Liz has
ensured that the affiliate representatives who attend gain
additional skills and information that will help them sustain
and grow their programs more effectively.
Liz graduated magna cum laude from Skidmore College
with a B.A. in English literature. She has also studied literature,
Shakespeare, French and gender issues at the graduate level.
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Liriano is vice president of marketing and communications.
From the pages of
Vogue to the stage at Madison Square Garden, Eunice’s expertise in
marketing, public relations and special events continues to
evolve. Eunice began her voyage at Vibe Magazine working in
special events. She
ventured into sports working with the NBA’s and NFL’s talent
on targeted marketing programs that expanded brand visibility.
She lent her talents to Steve Madden Ltd. where she served as
Marketing and Special Events Manager.
Eunice was influential in creating strategic alliances
between Steve Madden, media entities, international
celebrities and musicians. From the Verizon Ladies First Tour
featuring Beyonce and Alicia Keys to MTV's Video Music Awards,
Eunice continued to expand all Madden’s retail extensions,
elevating brand awareness and increasing revenue.
At LeSportsac, she oversaw all communications as Marketing/PR
Director for the iconic handbag company. She was instrumental
in further developing and strengthening strategic partnerships
for the brand while seeking out and executing added value
programs, targeted consumer programs and strategic event
sponsorships. She increased the brands international footprint
overseeing all Stella McCartney for LeSportsac, marketing and
public relations strategies, special events and retail launch
initiatives in London, China, Mexico and France.
Eunice comes to Dress for Success from for Wilhelmina Artist
Management, where she served as senior marketing manager
overseeing all celebrity fashion and beauty partnerships. Her
talent roster while there included: Olivia Palermo, supermodel
Coco Rocha, Gloria Estefan, Estelle, Natasha Bedingfield and
A graduate of Hunter College with a degree in
Media/Communications, Eunice volunteers in her spare time in
her community as an advocate for breast cancer and public
Executive Vice President of Program Development
Williams joined Dress for Success Worldwide in 2009
and sets strategies to
strengthen affiliate capacity, increase global participation
in the delivery of services,
provide more opportunities for clients to achieve economic
independence, and position Dress for Success as a global
leader in women’s employment issues.
Executive Vice President of Program Development, Angela
continues to deepen the range of
programs that are offered and improve their outcomes.
She also serves as the
organization’s lead grant administrator to ensure compliance,
quality assurance, and fulfillment of program mandates, and
manages a program budget exceeding 2.5 million dollars in
Angela is responsible for creating frameworks for practice and
establishing models for programming that generate positive,
relevant, and sustainable impact. As an expert in workforce
development, Angela has been invited to and has served as a
contributor for various thought leadership conferences
throughout the U.S., including the Ascend ThinkXChange hub at
the Aspen Institute and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Angela’s oversight of the Going Places Network (GPN)
Pre-Affiliate Leadership Conference, affiliates hone their
skills, share best practices and prepare for future GPN
Angela also produces the
Success Summit, an
annual conference where client participants gain valuable
tools and resources to focus their professional development,
establish networking circles, and become advocates for change
in their communities.
Angela is also a nationwide presenter
for the New York State Recreation and Park Society. An
advocate for leadership development through athletics, she
currently holds the rank of fifth degree Black Belt in the
combined arts of Taekwondo and Shodokan, in addition to many
national kumite titles.
Angela earned her B.A. and MSEd in
Education from Lehman College in New York, and is recognized
by the Golden Key Honor Society.
Reena De Asis, Director -
De Asis is a community connector with over 12 years of
experience in the corporate, agency and non-profit sectors.
She has championed corporate social responsibility, strategic
alliances and organized socially conscious campaigns and
the Dress for Success Worldwide – West director,
Reena is enthused to build an empowerment-based team who will
awareness of Dress for Success Worldwide - West as a center of
excellence with exemplary programming, strengthen the
organization’s brand and build strategic partnerships.
Previously, she was the director of marketing for Causecast, a
company focused on employee engagement via workplace
giving/volunteering/disaster response/CSR and the director of
marketing and corporate relations for L.A. Works, a HandsOn
Network volunteer action center.
She graduated cum laude
with a B.A. in Communications: Public Relations with a minor
in Human Services and a certificate in Non-profit
Organizational Leadership from California State University,
Reena is a contributor for
The Huffington Post
and Maria Shriver’s Web site. Her work has been published on
Elephant Journal and
The Women’s Conference.
She is a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service and
YWCA’s Women of Achievement Silver Medallion awards. As an
advocate for empowering women, children and the underserved
populations, she is an active and hands-on volunteer. When
she's not volunteering, Reena immerses herself in live music,
writing, the healing arts or embracing a lifestyle of health
Lastly, she’s a firm believer that “[w]hen women are
empowered, whole families benefit, and these benefits often
have ripple effects to future generations.” (UNFPA)
launched her career providing service to diverse people and
cultures as a resident advisor and a member of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Inc. while at Truman University. After
achieving a BA in Communications, she began her professional
journey as a reporter for an ABC affiliate covering politics,
education, society, events and local interests. It’s also
where she learned just how people make a difference.
Jeri Milsap, Director -
That experience resonated and propelled her to
take chances creating a solid professional foundation
resulting in over 18 years of experience as a manager, human
resource (HR) generalist, administrator, business development
professional, consultant and entrepreneur while working within
the corporate, nonprofit and start-up environments.
Jeri joined Dress for Success Worldwide as a
director leading the Worldwide Central office located in
Chicago, IL. She lives by the Dress for Success mantra of
“Going Places, Going Strong” through continuing her efforts to
help professional women
move forward and become self-sufficient.
Jeri has paid forward to others by volunteering and sharing
her expertise through collaborations with organizations such
as the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW),
serving as the Chicago Chapter Vice President, 20/20 Women on
Board, and previously as the Chairperson of the Dress for
Success Worldwide Central Chicago Advisory Council.
Jeri strives to help women and men
with the many challenges they may face that prevent them from being seen
as competent and capable. She embraces the challenge and
applies an entrepreneurial spirit to her endeavors which can
be seen throughout her career.
Sue Lewis-O'Halloran, Regional
Director of Australia & New ZealandSue
Lewis-O’Halloran joined Dress for Success Auckland as the
executive manager in 2007 and was hired by Dress for Success
Worldwide in 2009 for the role of regional director of New
Zealand and Australia, the first position funded outside of
New York. Her first priorities were to open up Australia,
which now has three affiliates, and to continue building New
Zealand, who has grown from five to six affiliates. Sue also
manages national and trans-Tasman partnerships while growing
our brand and profile.
One of her key accomplishments was brokering a national
Memorandum of Understanding with the NZ government that will
enable affiliates there to serve more women in need. She has
also established a trans-Tasman Advisory group of key business
women and men, leaders in their particular fields, who provide
advice and guidance to her and her colleagues. In 2010 she
organized the inaugural Regional Conference for New Zealand
and Australian affiliates.
A passionate volunteer, Sue has been president of the Junior
League of Greater Vancouver and a board and executive member
of many non-profits in Vancouver and now in New Zealand,
including the University of BC Women’s Resources Centre, the
Vancouver International Children’s Festival and the H.R
MacMillan Space Centre. She was Coordinator of Special Events
and Protocol for the royal visit to Vancouver of H.R.H. the
Prince of Wales and Princes William and Harry; and Coordinator
of the World Affairs Dinner with Lee Iacocca, Chairman of
Sue was nominated for the YWCA’s “Women of Distinction” Award
and featured in articles on Vancouverites: “Local Heroes” and
“Our City’s Honour Roll: People Who Made a Difference.” She
studied Arts, majoring in English and Sociology, at the
University of British Columbia and Hotel Management and
Accounting at the BC Institute of Technology. Sue lives on the
Coromandel Peninsula in NZ, with her “kiwi” husband Clive and
visits her son John and family in Canada as often as
Amy Tashjian, Senior Director of Worldwide
Senior Director of Worldwide Programs, Amy Tashjian is
responsible for ensuring the growth and success of Dress for
Success’ programs and services. Working collaboratively to
craft programs, policies and procedures, she supports the
impact of women throughout the global organization as they
achieve success. She oversees the rollout of programs to
multiple affiliates, creates updates to existing programs,
communicates expectations, ensures compliance and monitors
outcomes. In addition to creating structures for program
implementation and design she serves as a support system to
Dress for Success affiliates by providing a framework of
excellence through monitoring and evaluating program
implementation and providing resources and tools to ensure the
affiliates’ overall success.
Amy has been an enthusiastic supporter
and member of the Programs Development team since 2009, and
has contributed to the creation of programmatic goals and
achievable milestones for worldwide programming. She
came to Dress for Success after working in the hospitality
industry, leading the leisure sales efforts for the Caribbean
Division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. In her work
as director of Caribbean Leisure Sales she grew a major hotel
group's inventory of resorts from 3 to 8 properties, leading a
team to create partnership marketing and sales strategies
across multiple brands and destinations.
Her work with economic development
organizations and tourism boards in Caribbean destinations
sparked her interest in the non-profit sector. She brings her
experience in developing replicable programs and structures to
support organizational growth and generate positive impact in
the hotel industry to her work in women’s employment issues.
Her work at Dress for Success combines her experience in
fostering economic opportunity locally and globally with the
organization’s goals in achieving sustainable and meaningful
employment for women.
Amy lived in the
Caribbean for over 10 years and is passionate about sharing
and utilizing her skills in programming, business,
communication and community impact in her work at Dress for
Additional Worldwide Staff Members
Queens Program Coordinator,
Executive Assistant to the CEO,
Affiliate Relations Manager,
Manhattan Volunteer Coordinator,
Senior Manager, Corporate Relations & Special Events,
Chicago Warehouse Manager,
Program Coordinator - Worldwide Central,
Manhattan Program Manager,
Patricia Ann Kirton,
Program Coordinator, Worldwide - West,
Affiliate Relations Associate,
Marketing & Communications,
Bronx Branch Manager,
Senior Manager, Special Events,
Branch Manager, Dress for
Success Worldwide - Central,
Queens & Brooklyn Branch Manager,
Manhattan Branch Manager,
Affiliate Operations Coordinator,
Dress for Success Worldwide - West,