Have you ever looked at a flower? Like really gazed into it? Ever wondered how, through such darkness and dirt, something, like a rose, so beautiful, delicate and graceful blossoms?
It’s safe to say that the blooming of this beautiful creation would not have even sprouted had it not been nourished with sunshine, water and fertile soil. Born of a seed, infinite potential resides. Without being nurtured at the depths of it roots, there would be no way the seedling could break the surface with its own strength to reach its full potential as a flower above ground.
Now let us frame the human condition of a woman from the perspective of a flower. A seed of potential residing in the depths of ourselves. With the proper nourishment we are able to rise, grow, blossom and radiate our natural elegance and beauty. Without it, we remain in the dark, struggling to break the surface to reveal our full potential.
Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that has empowered over 925,000 women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools, has taken action to nurture this delicate transition that occurs in every woman’s life, from seed to flower. It is a phase that may happen many times – whether transitioning from girlhood to womanhood, employed to unemployed, relationships, motherhood etc etc. Dress for Success is equipping women with the tools to thrive in work and in life. They are empowering women to grow to their fullest potential, providing the life-long resources necessary to support themselves, their families and their communities.
“Every woman has the right to realize her full potential and achieve financial independence in a more egalitarian world. We believe that with the proper education, tools and action this world is possible.” ~ Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide
Providing more than “just an outfit”, Dress for Success is grounded in helping women achieve self-sufficiency.
“Our purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures.” ~ Joi
Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide
Providing each client with professional attire to secure employment is just one aspect of what they offer… Besides styling their clients with apparel and shoes, the organization dresses them with an invaluable accessory – confidence. This she carries with her forever along with the self-awareness to define her life on her own terms, the direction she takes and what success means to her.
“Addressing women’s needs is central to improving the quality of life for not only that woman but also her family, future generations and her community. In fact, recognizing the significant role of women in economic development is the smart thing to do, as well as being socially and morally right.” ~ Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide
Mothering a child, nurturing a family, sustaining a generation… these are no small shoes to fill.
“We believe that by building up a woman’s agency and knowledge, better synergies between gender equality and economic sustainability are realized, enabling her to generate a long-term impact in both her private and public life.” ~ Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide
DNA Footwear is proud to support women’s empowerment in business and style. We partnered with Dress for Success by donating professional footwear for these women to ensure their first steps into their new future put their best feet forward, with the security of comfort, style and most importantly confidence.