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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 Affiliate Leadership Conference) and organizational expansion.

Dress for Success Worldwide
32 East 31st Street
Seventh Floor
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 212.532.1922
Fax: 212.684.9563
worldwide@dressforsuccess.org


Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer

joi@dressforsuccess.org

Joi Gordon, CEOJoi 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.

Among 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 Black Enterprise 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 Technology
liz@dressforsuccess.org


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 affiliate network.

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.



Eunice Liriano, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

eunice@dressforsuccess.org
  

Eunice 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 Keri Hilson.

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 education. 


Angela Williams, Executive Vice President of Program Development
angela@dressforsuccess.org
  

Angela 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.

As the Executive Vice President of Program Development, Angela continues to deepen the range of sustainable, client-centered 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 restricted funding.

Overall, 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.

Through 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 program implementation.

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 - Worldwide West
reena@dressforsuccess.org

Reena 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 events.

As the Dress for Success Worldwide – West director, Reena is enthused to build an empowerment-based team who will create 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, Fullerton.

Reena is a contributor for The Huffington Post and Maria Shriver’s Web site. Her work has been published on CSRwire Talkback, Forbes, Environmental Media Association, 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 and sustainability.

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)


Jeri Milsap, Director - Worldwide Central
jeri@dressforsuccess.org

Jeri MilsapJeri 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.

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 Zealand
nzauregionaldirector@dressforsuccess.org
  

Sue Lewis-Ohalloran
Sue 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 Chrysler Corporation.

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 possible.


Amy Tashjian, Senior Director of Worldwide Programs
amy@dressforsuccess.org

As 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 Success. 



Additional Worldwide Staff Members

Camille Aponte, Corporate Contributions Manager,camille@dressforsuccess.org
Lakindra Askew
, Queens Program Coordinator, lakindra@dressforsuccess.org

Esther Barnett
, Executive Assistant to the CEO, esther@dressforsuccess.org
Alissa Brower
, Affiliate Relations Manager, alissa@dressforsuccess.org

Beverly Brown, Manhattan Volunteer Coordinator, beverly@dressforsuccess.org
Evie Cutshaw,
Senior Manager, Corporate Relations & Special Events, evie@dressforsuccess.org  
Kaitlin Flaherty,
Communications Coordinator, kaitlin@dressforsuccess.org
Doris Gadsden,
Chicago Warehouse Manager, doris@dressforsuccess.org
Jackie Grieco,
Research & Evaluation Specialist,
jackie@dressforsuccess.org
Jennifer Iino, Manhattan Program Manager, jen@dressforsuccess.org
Patricia Ann Kirton, Brooklyn Warehouse Associate, suitstogo@dressforsuccess.org  
Elena Kokhanovski,
Program Coordinator, Worldwide - West, elena@dressforsuccess.org
Joanne Leighton, Controller, joanne@dressforsuccess.org
Hannah Lyles, Affiliate Relations Associate, hannah@dressforsuccess.org
 
Katie Murphy, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, katie@dressforsuccess.org
Regina Norman, Bronx Branch Manager, rnorman@dressforsuccess.org
Jennifer Quinones,
Senior Manager, Special Events, jennifer@dressforsuccess.org
Gail Raghunana,
Branch Manager, Dress for Success Worldwide - Central, gail@dressforsuccess.org
Shandeeyaky Shabazz, Queens & Brooklyn Branch Manager, ky@dressforsuccess.org
Anderson Taveras,
Brooklyn Warehouse Courier, suitstogo@dressforsuccess.org  

Wendy Wilkins,
Manhattan Branch Manager,
wendy@dressforsuccess.org  
Emily Weber
,
Affiliate Operations Coordinator, emily@dressforsuccess.org
Brynne Zaniboni,
Branch Manager, Dress for Success Worldwide - West, brynne@dressforsuccess.org

 




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