Career help: Dress for Success Luxembourg helps disadvantaged job-seeking women, but it is in need of a boutique to fully realise its goals.
Dress for Success began in New York City in 2007 and each year reaches nearly 700,000 women worldwide. Affiliates have been founded in United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, France and the West Indies.
When Jill Griffin read those statistics a few years ago, she starting dreaming about setting up an affiliate in Luxembourg, and she soon found seven other professional women who shared her dream.
Griffin is now the Dress for Success Luxembourg president, and she is joined on the committee by founding members Karen O’Sullivan-Lentschat (treasurer), Catherine Paogorselski (secretary), Rachel Treece, Ludivine Plessy, Patricia Borde-Chiché, Maaret Davey and Caroline Fauville.
“We like to think of ourselves as a kind of fairy godmother,” says Griffin. “But instead of helping women find their Prince Charming, we want to help them find jobs.”
Dress for Success invites disadvantaged women who have a job interview to come get the magic wand treatment--to be met by a personal shopper, to look through and try on stylish professional outfits, and to take--for free--the one that is going to help them land that job.
“At first, we were asked, ‘why Luxembourg?’” says Griffin. “We told them unemployment was 6.9% in August 2013, and of the 16,526 registered with ADEM, 46% were women.”
But having made the grade and been granted entry into the Dress for Success fold, the Luxembourg group now needs a fairy godmother of its own.
Their biggest wish? A very nice boutique space to welcome the women and display and store the clothes.