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Kryst’s Role Will Support Dress for Success’ Programming and Affiliates Across the Country
NEW YORK, NY – Miss USA Cheslie Kryst has joined Dress for Success as their newest Impact Ambassador to support the organization’s global mission and create awareness for programs that benefit the lives of women worldwide. A Charlotte native, Kryst is a longtime supporter of Dress for Success and has previously volunteered at the organization’s Charlotte affiliate. As Miss USA, Kryst now volunteers at Dress for Success Manhattan where she helps job seekers select professional attire for job interviews and provides encouragement and support along their journey.
“We are thrilled to have Cheslie Kryst as one of our Impact Ambassadors,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success. “She embodies the characteristics that we value most and that our clients strive for – confidence, fearlessness and resilience,” continued Gordon.
Kryst’s new role will support a variety of the professional and personal development programs Dress for Success offers clients, including interview preparation assistance, financial health education as well as leadership and civic responsibility training. In September, Kryst will kick-off a multi-city tour with Dress for Success affiliates across the country to support a variety of local events and programs.
A civil litigation attorney, Kryst made history in May 2019 when she joined newly crowned Miss Teen USA and the reigning Miss America as the first three women of color to hold titles from the three prestigious U.S. pageants concurrently. Additionally, Kryst runs her own fashion blog "White Collar Glam," that focuses on work wear fashion for women and provides resources for confident apparel in the workplace. Kryst now joins a host of Dress for Success Impact Ambassadors, including fashion designer and reality television personality Michael Costello, model and nutrition entrepreneur Maye Musk, and designer, brand ambassador and international businesswoman Olivia Palermo, to advance the development tools that help women thrive in work and life.
“My Dress for Success journey began with my work for the affiliate in my hometown—Charlotte, NC— where I had the opportunity to fundraise and organize clothing drives,” says Kryst. “I am honored to grow my advocacy for the organization while serving as a National Impact Ambassador. I look forward to working with women across the country to help transform their lives through the important resources the organization provides.”
Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering women to achieve financial independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. The organization’s programs center on workforce development, employment retention, financial literacy as well as leadership and civic responsibility. These programs rely on the generosity of corporate sponsors and a staff of more than 25,000 volunteers worldwide.
To date, Dress for Success has helped more than one million women and operates in nearly 30 countries in more than 150 cities – from New Orleans, to Rome, to Katmandu. Sixty percent of Dress for Success clients live below the poverty line, 57 percent are working mothers and 50 percent some form of higher education. Within 90 days of entering Dress for Success’ program, 75 percent of the organization’s participants find jobs and 80 percent reduce debt after completing financial health education.
“We believe that when a woman is helped, so are families, wider communities and as such, the global economy. More importantly, a woman’s self-esteem and confidence are reestablished, having a residual effect on all and everyone she encounters,” concluded Gordon.
For more information on Miss USA and Chelsie Kryst, please visit missusa.com.
Cincinnati Works and Dress for Success Cincinnati are excited to announce a partnership that will enable both organizations to empower more women as the organizations collaborate on best practices in job-readiness training and coaching.
Both organizations serve disadvantaged women who are unemployed or underemployed. Dress for Success Cincinnati became famous for its interview-appropriate Suiting Program and grew to include training for both women returning to or entering the workforce. Cincinnati Works trains and coaches those living in poverty in job search, job retention and advancement on the job. Together, this partnership strengthens both organizations’ continuum of services and benefits women who are looking to earn their way out of poverty.
“The two organizations have been partners in the fight against inequality for more than two decades, and they each bring something different to the table,” said Calista Hargrove, Vice President of Programs at Cincinnati Works. “By coming together, we ensure that our clients get the best service available while our organizations remain focused on what we each do best.”
“As Dress for Success Cincinnati celebrates its 20th Anniversary, we are pleased to join our strengths with those of Cincinnati Works in a partnership that shares a mission of empowerment, support and effective programs in a stable, safe and caring environment,” said Lisa Nolan, Executive Director of Dress for Success Cincinnati.
Dress for Success Cincinnati will bring aspects of the highly effective and award-winning Cincinnati Works model to their clients in the DfSC training and coaching programs. The partnership will also allow Dress for Success Cincinnati clients access to additional supplementary services, including financial coaching, a behavioral health counselor, a legal advocate, and other resources to help them manage the barriers they may face to finding and keeping employment. Meanwhile, Cincinnati Works Members (clients) will have access to the full suite of services at Dress for Success, including their signature Suiting Program and their Professional Women’s Group, which helps women who have gained employment advance in their careers. Both organizations will benefit from the network of volunteers at Dress for Success.
Dubonna Dawkins, who is currently a workforce coach at Cincinnati Works, will become Workforce Development Programs Manager at Dress for Success Cincinnati. Dawkins brings a wide range of skills and experiences to the role, including human resources management and consulting. “I was drawn to this position because I’ll have the opportunity to empower women,” Dawkins said. “I have worked with a lot of women over the years at various stages of their careers, and I have seen how important it is to address internal factors like self-esteem as well as external factors, and both Dress for Success and Cincinnati Works address these so well.”