Success Is Never Giving Up

“Never give up” — That’s the message one woman shared at the 8th annual Dress for Success Boston luncheon. Having gone through Dress for Success Boston’s program recently, she was kind enough to share her success story with all of us. When she said it changed her life, I couldn’t help but get choked up. Dress For Success Boston serves women who are trying to get back on their feet with professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women become self-sufficient — and ultimately save their lives.
This annual event is a celebration of all the great work DFS Boston does and it’s to recognize those who make it possible. Kimberly Todd, Executive Director of DFS Boston, told all of us that she’s always amazed by everyone who supports them. Held at the Intercontinental Hotel, this event attracts more than 500 leaders and style-makers from throughout Boston who are committed to making a significant impact in the lives of women the organization serves . This year’s honoree was WCVB — and what an honor it was to hear from Bill Fine, Karen Holmes Ward, Susan Wornick, Shayna Seymour and Kimberly Bookman.
Another highlight of the luncheon had to be the live auction. To say the emcee was impressive would be an understatement and the experiences to bid on were … pretty awesome! I mean, just take a look at this ‘Ellen’ package!
After all the packages were bid on, that’s when we could raise our paddles to donate a certain dollar amount. As a young professional myself, I understand how scarce funds can be, which is why I was so impressed with the young women at my table (from TJX Companies) who raised their paddles to proudly donate to this wonderful organization. I thought to myself, even at such a young age, we’re all capable of being great role models! There was also an online auction that closed just yesterday, so today it’s a celebration of everyone’s contributions.
Of course there are so many ways to support Dress for Success Boston — Kim mentioned that they’re looking for mentors who have an area of expertise to help with the career development aspects of what they offer. Also, throughout the year, DFS Boston accepts donations of items like suits, jewelry, dress shoes and more on designated donation days.  Then, a team of volunteers merchandise these items in a very cute boutique for the women going through their program. I’m heading up there soon to get a tour of the shop — Can’t wait!  Plus, I’m bringing a bunch of donations from my closet, as well as clothing from a generous colleague! — So, more photos to come!
Want to go to a future event? Sign up for their emails, here and follow them on Twitter @dfsboston.

What I’m Wearing:

{TOP} Black, crew neck: Ann Taylor

{SKIRT} Emerald green pencil skirt with a quilted-like texture: Anthropologie

{TIGHTS} sheer black with black polk-a-dots: GAP (tip: always buy a size or 2 up in tights!)

{NECKLACE} multi-strand pearls: Vintage from Shoppe Pioneer in Providence

{HANDBAG} vintage from my like-Grandma, Effie

{I get my hair done at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}




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