Imagine you were Tamika.
That day, at the shelter, she found information about Dress for Success Pittsburgh, and she made the call. She found a place that could potentially help her get back on her feet. After meeting us and joining our programs, she knew she had found an organization that could help her change her life. Tamika, the amazing woman you just heard about, would not have seen hope had it not been for the generous contributions of our community.
Tamika had the strength and dedication to take her where she wanted to go—we provided the support to make sure she got there.
A huge Thank You to the creators of the video who gave Tamika a way to share her story with the world:
New Perspectives’ Chris Boyer, Paulina Charlebois, Kevin Corrigan, Becca Edwards, Jannah Jablonowski, & Ryan Sanderson.
Mónica Méndez, PhD, just began her tenure as the Executive Director of Dress for Success Pittsburgh after moving from Orlando, Florida, where she was the co-Founder and CEO of the House of Mentoring and Empowerment (HOME), an organization advocating for young survivors of human trafficking. Passionate about empowering women and bringing the topic of gendered violence to the public sphere, she brings twelve years of experience in program creation and implementation, training and advocacy to her new endeavor. Dr. Méndez has served as a gender-consultant to corporations, non-profits, and government organizations. She has published and presented her work in both national and international forums and in front of a wide variety of audiences.
Recently, Dr. Méndez was named a Forté Fellow, a prestigious and competitive fellowship awarded to business women with diverse backgrounds who are in business school and who demonstrate exemplary leadership and a commitment to advancing women in business. She was also named an Echoing Green Global Fellowship Semifinalist for her work with HOME and her commitment to the needs of her community and her efforts to meet those needs. Her work, passion and understanding of the issues affecting women and their families was also recognized in 2011 when Gloria Steinem presented her with a medal on behalf of the Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) honoring feminists in Florida who have made extraordinary contributions to the empowerment of women.
Dr. Méndez brings her experience, background and accomplishments to Dress for Success Pittsburgh to advance the economic empowerment of women. She recognizes that women who have job stability provide family stability which then translates to community stability. Her goal is to make Pittsburgh a stronger, healthier community by promoting the financial and social empowerment that women need in order to break the cycle of poverty.
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No gift is too small and all donations are appreciated. With your generous support, Dress for Success Pittsburgh can continue to provide personal and career development programs that facilitate and champion the success of all women in Southwestern PA.
We offer workshops that help women develop their financial savvy, re-work their resumes and cover letters, hear from professionals in the field about personal branding and other work-related topics. We have partnered with wonderful corporations who know how important it is to be a part of a community collaboration to create stable communities through economic development.
Professional Women’s Group (PWG) is the first and only national initiative of its kind, focused on specific workshops and networking as a job retention and career development tool for women entering or re-entering the workforce.
Some women seeking employment face a dilemma. They have the drive and initiative to pursue employment, but do not have the economic means to acquire interview clothing or work uniforms. Dress for Success Pittsburgh answers that immediate need. We have a full boutique of clothing that will allow women in transition or in crisis to obtain the training, interview, or work clothing they need to confidently enter the workplace.