The mission of Dress for Success Cincinnati is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

Our vision is a world where women do not live in poverty, are treated with dignity and respect and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Open Calendar

 Referral Partner Open Houses

Announcing our annual Open House events for new referral partners and personnel.* This one hour event will consist of a short tour and video along with provider updates for our services for women. An exchange information of partner services is encouraged to educate the women in the TriState area of what resources are available to them. Partner agency service flyers and informationals will be placed in the our Women's Business Services Center. 

The events will take place on Tuesday, April 25th at 8 am. and Wednesday, May 3rd at 3 pm. Please RSVP by clicking on the desired date.

*Attendance is mandatory for new referral partners and new personnel who have not been in for a tour within the past year.

Dress for Success Cincinnati Welcomes New Executive Director

Dress for Success Cincinnati is pleased to announce the selection of Lisa Nolan as its new Executive Director. Dress for Success Cincinnati is a nonprofit organization that has empowered disadvantaged women to find sustainable employment since 1999.

The Board of Directors of Dress for Success Cincinnati unanimously voted to select Lisa Nolan from a small group of highly qualified candidates.

 “We are thrilled to announce this appointment,” said Anita Minturn, Dress for Success Cincinnati Board Chair. She added, “In 2017, as Dress for Success Cincinnati celebrates its 18th year, we have chosen a leader with the strength and capability to build upon our mission. She brings a fresh perspective and the skills to lead our staff, volunteers, donors and partners in bringing board strategies to life.”

A practicing attorney, before joining Dress for Success, Lisa was an associate at the Cincinnati law firm of Wood Herron & Evans LLP, specializing in intellectual property. She previously worked with a law firm in Washington, DC.

 Lisa’s community leadership and nonPl-profit experience includes the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati, and she is a founding board member and Vice Chair of the Red Shoe Crew, a young professionals affiliate of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Lisa is also an active member of the Junior League of Cincinnati.

 About her new position, Lisa said, “I carefully considered the kind of organization and purpose I wanted in my career move. A nonprofit whose mission was helping women or children was essential. I wanted to know that I could make a real difference in people’s lives. I’m excited to join the talented staff and volunteers at Dress for Success Cincinnati who are dedicated to making that critical difference.”

 Lisa earned her Bachelors of Science degree at Vanderbilt University and her Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center. Lisa resides in Oakley with her husband, Evan, and their daughter.

Flying Pig Registration Discount Available

It's just around the corner! The Flying Pig is the first weekend in May and you can register for all races here. But before y0u do, call us to get our registration discount code. You'll receive a discount on your registration and the Flying Pig makes a donation to Dress for Success Cincinnati every time our code is used. Call Melissa at 513-322-1786 or email her BEFORE you register.


Client Ambassadors

The first cohort of the Dress for Success Cincinnati Client Ambassadors recently finished their year-long program. They represented DfSC at numerous events and spoke to groups about how DfSC supported their journey's to self-sufficiency.

Front (l to r): Alena O'Donnel, Director of Workforce Development; Judy Smith, volunteer mentor; Bonnie Davis
Back (l to r): Jennifer Fisher, Dawn Lear, Tierra Strickland, Melva Lewis
Not pictured: Sandy Schnurr, Esther Wing

Community Resources Available!

In addition to Dress for Success Cincinnati, there are many organizations providing great community services in our city. The Freestore Foodbank and The United Way both offer great resources to help you explore this vast network of services.

Freestore Foodbank 
United Way 2-1-1

The Career Center is Open!

Self-service hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm. Come in and use our computers and internet to search for jobs, research employers, work on your resumes and more.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am - 1 pm, Career Coaches and HR Managers will be available to help with mock interviews, resumes, job searching and one-on-one mentoring.
Need help with your transition from military to civilian life?

Citi recently launched a Military Transition Mobile App for iOS and Android. Developed by – the leading platform for service members and veterans -- the mobile app is a new digital resource to help prepare and assist military families during the military-to-civilian life transition.

The app features hundreds of resources on employment, finances, relocation, transition requirements, health benefits, education and veteran benefits and is designed for all members of the armed forces (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard) and members of the National Guard and Reserve components.

Key features include: 
Interactive checklists
Military skills translator
Job search and job fair listings
Articles with tips and transition success stories


 Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Donation Center
Assist staff with receiving and sorting clothing donations.
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & First Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other times are also available, please contact Debbie Wesseler at or 513.322.1792.

Click here to sign up!



Help! We Need Jewelry, Handbags and Plus Size Clothing.

Our inventory is running low due to the increased need for our services. So, clean out your closet and donate new and gently used women's clothing and accessories to Dress for Success Cincinnati. We are in particular need of shoes, purses, jewelry and plus sizes. Interview- and work-appropriate clothing will be given to women in need who are entering the workforce. Designer, dressy and casual attire and accessories will be sold in our Portaluca Boutiques with proceeds going to support our programs for disadvantaged women. Click for more information on how to donate clothing.

Not pictured: Sandy Schnurr, Esther Wing
Not pictured: Sandy Schnurr, Esther Wing