NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY | OCTOBER 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Meanwhile, around the town

On September 20th, Dress for Success Worldwide (www.DressForSuccess.org) held its 12th annual Women Who Inspire Breakfast, raising over $115,000 for programming that supports women in attaining financial independence. "It was incredibly empowering to be in a roomful of women who care passionately about women and women’s lives," said Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence.

The highlight of the breakfast was a fireside chat between headliner Gretchen Carlson, journalist, advocate, and author of "Be Fierce," and moderator Lucy Kaylin, editor-in-chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. "For anyone wishing to be inspired, look no further than Gretchen Carlson," said Kaylin. "It was an honor to interview her—and be a witness to the life-changing work Dress For Success Worldwide is doing."

DFS Chief Executive Officer Joi Gordon, Gretchen Carlson, and Lucy Kaylin
DFS Chief Executive Officer Joi Gordon, Gretchen Carlson, and Lucy Kaylin
DFS Chief Executive Officer Joi Gordon, Gretchen Carlson, and Lucy Kaylin
Anita D’Costa, Gretchen Carlson, and Kay Moini, VP of Peruvian Connection

Anita D’Costa, one of Dress for Success Worldwide’s 2018 "Success Ambassadors," gave an eloquent testimony of the role of Dress for Success in her journey from personal tragedy to gaining a new career and life.

"Sharing the news of Peruvian Connection’s partnership was the perfect punctuation to the inspirational event," said Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Dress for Success. "Hundreds of women came together to empower each other, honor those paving the way and evoke positive change in the workplace. Peruvian Connection’s commitment to Dress for Success amplifies their support and the of all those who stand behind our mission, enabling us to reach even more women."

DFS Client Ambassador Anita D’Costa, Women Who Inspire Event key note speaker
DFS Client Ambassador Anita D’Costa, Women Who Inspire Event key note speaker

From November 4th through November 10th, Dress for Success and Peruvian Connection will launch the partnership with a week-long initiative of giving back. Peruvian Connection will donate 15% of all purchase proceeds made by Dress for Success supporters. The initiative will be available shopping online and in retail locations. They will be participating as a signature partner in Dress for Success’ #GivingTuesday 2018 campaign by donating 20 percent of sales on select alpaca and wool coats to Dress for Success.

Dress for Success’ final signature event of 2018 will be Women Helping Women, a breakfast panel to be held on December 6th, 2018 at Manhattan’s fabled Rainbow Room. This event, which sells out annually, raises awareness, funds and support to benefit Dress for Success’s Professional Women’s Group, a cornerstone program that serves as a networking, educational, and life skill building platform for women who have recently entered or re-entered the workplace.

Camille Aponte, Corporate Contributions Manager Dress for Success Worldwide, with Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine
Camille Aponte, Corporate Contributions Manager Dress for Success Worldwide, with Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine
Photographs by Ben Hider & Eric Vitale Photography (City Harvest Bid); Jasmine Alston Photography (DFS)