What better way to start off your morning than being in a room full of sensational #BossLadies?! Nothing could possibly get better than that. Dress for Success Worldwide-West, a “not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools,” celebrated its 7th Annual Empower Breakfast on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the gorgeous Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles, California. With over 200 guests in attendance, attendees were able to learn more about the strides that Dress for Success continues to make to help women achieve their greatest goals. Actress Minnie Driver was in attendance at the event to show her support towards the commendable work the organization does.
Driver has always been an avid supporter of Dress for Success. She shared the remarkable post as seen below on her Instagram account and wrote, “These amazing women✨We were all at the Dress For Success women’s empowerment breakfast today. @dfswest is a pretty extraordinary organization. It began in a church basement in Harlem in 1996, suiting up women with few means or support systems to help them find work. I remember dropping off clothes in my twenties and still do it today. Today however, Dress For Success has vastly expanded its support system beyond clothing economically challenged women in business attire. They offer mentorships, financial education and courses on how to interview for and actually get a job. They embody the holistic idea of female empowerment. I love these women and this organization – they are changing the world ✨ #empowerher @tracybrennan @goldilocksg #mywhowhatwear (Top from Target, trousers from @miumiu back, back, BACK in the day ✨).”
At the breakfast, guests were welcomed by CEO and Founder of Style on the Spot, Cachita Hynes, who served as the MC for the event. Lesley Brillhart, the Director of Dress for Success Worldwide-West, and Natalie Borneo, the VP of Multi-Site Operations and Compliance at Dress for Success Worldwide, also welcomed guests and kicked-off the event in a marvelous event.
Guests were able to enjoy a delicious breakfast consisting of eggs, hash browns and bacon with coffee and juices. The stunning and elegant atmosphere of the Taglyan Cultural Complex added onto the beauty of the event. The event continued by honoring community partners. The event honored Goodwill Southern California for all of their assistance in helping Dress for Success’ mission. The honor was accepted by Liz Schwalbach, the VP of Human Resources at Goodwill Southern California.
Next, Michelle Morgan, the Program Coordinator at Dress for Success Worldwide-West, introduced the admirable LeAndre Miles, a client and success story of Dress for Success. Miles shared how this exceptional organization helped her and her terrific story truly brought tears to everyone in the room.
Dress for Success Worldwide-West continues to make a big difference in the lives of a countless amount of people. The organization assists women throughout their job search. One of the many things that Dress for Success does is style women by providing them with clothes that are fit for a job interview and for when they secure the job. In addition, Dress for Success offers a support system that women can count on. For amazing women like LeAndre Miles, Dress for Success provided the support she needed to help her learn how to apply online for jobs.
Author and filmmaker Liz Goldwyn helped guests pledge their support towards the organization. The goal of the event was to raise $15,000 during the silent auction and attendees were able to surpass that during the auction alone. Adding in donations and contributions, Dress for Success Worldwide-West was able to raise over $66,000 at the event.
Liz Goldwyn shared her enthusiasm over being at the event as seen in the tweet below.
The outstanding breakfast event concluded with a magnificent panel that focused on “The Power of Diversity and Inclusion.” The panel was moderated by Stacey Gordon, CEO of Rework Work. Tameka Flowers, Learning and Development Manager at Goodwill Southern California, Rebecca Godlove, Senior Marketing Director at Coty Professional Beauty, and Trinkel De La Paz, Senior Manager and Art Director at Adobe all joined in on the panel. These hard-working ladies shared some great insight on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace – and in all other aspects of life.
Alexisjoyvipaccess had a stellar time covering the Dress for Success Worldwide-West Empower Breakfast and this event truly was so impactful. The Empower Breakfast gave such a welcoming feeling – it was so great to be in a room of strong, determined women who were all so supportive of one another.
There are many ways you can show your support towards Dress for Success Worldwide-West including by donating dresses / clothes to the organization or by donating at their website here.
Check out some more pictures below from the Dress for Success Worldwide-West Empower Breakfast!
Photo Credits: @DriverMinnie on Instagram, @Goldilockslg on Twitter