I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Vanity FairLingerie. I received product samples to facilitate my review and compensation to thank me for my participation. #WomenWhoDo
Today I want to ask you to sit and think for just a minute or two about your work (meaning what you do to provide for your family). Your work might be to manage the household and raise your amazing children, or it might be to work in a corporate setting with long office hours, or it might be part-time or seasonal employment. Or you might even ben one of the millions of women currently seeking an opportunity.
For me, my work is a messy but beautiful tangle of online influencing and offline parenting and household management. I LOVE my work, and I am SO grateful for all of the mentors and role models I have had from my very first job as a cashier at Captain D’s all the way through my time in student affairs in a college setting. I can think of people every step along the way who helped prepare me for the enormous amount of time management, creativity and quick thinking it takes to be my own boss. I put those lessons I have learned through them to work every single day.
Setting the Foundation for Women
Dress for Success® is a nonprofit that seeks to help women attain economic independence by providing a network of support and career development tools to help women find those same type of role models and mentors that I remember having so that they can thrive in work and in their life. Dress for Success is popularly known as the nonprofit that donates interview attire to women before they go to an interview, but they offer so much more than clothing! They offer a foundation for these women!
I recently learned that 70% of the women that Dress for Success serves are mothers, raising between 2-3 children, on average. These women share a lot in common with me (and probably with you, too!). But they are lacking in economic security, which is such a critical piece to attain for peace of mind from day-to-day and month-to-month. Dress for Success not only helps women feel confident during the interview, but they also have an employment retention program to help ensure that the women attain the skills they need in order to keep their jobs. Additionally they work with women to ensure that they will be eligible for promotions down the line so that they can reach their professional goals and attain the personal fulfillment they are seeking, as well.
Each and every woman has gifts and talents that are uniquely her own and that she can offer in a work setting that will allow her to shine AND that will give the company an excellent return on their investment in her. Dress for Success knows this, and is doing a tremendous job helping these women shine bright in the interview and beyond so that independence ceases to be a dream and instead becomes reality.
I’m so thrilled that Vanity Fair has also taken note of the important work Dress for Success is doing, and that they have committed to providing a piece of the foundation for women in the program, by way of donating a high quality, comfortable Vanity Fair bras to program participants.
Last month, when the promotion was just starting, I purchased two bras, received two bras for free (!) and also learned that two bras were being donated to the Dress for Success program, which means that two women out there are getting that same great foundational support from Vanity Fair that I love putting on at the start of my work days.
And there is still time for you to participate, too! Now through November 8th, you can make a B1G1G1 purchase on the Vanity Fair website. Simply add two bras to your cart and then enter to code VFB1G1G1 at checkout and you’ll get one of those bras for free and also earmark a bra for donation on your behalf!
You know how much your work means to you, so please consider supporting Dress for Success so that more women can experience that great combination of economic independence and personal fulfillment by offering their skills (and growing their skills!) in the work place.