Dress for Success Clothing Drive

March 17th, 2010

Networking and giving back are two recurring themes I've come across while interviewing successful business people for the Career Changers TV show. Theresa Tilley is combining both for a clothing drive she's organizing in conjunction with the Meeting Professionals International Aloha Chapter luncheon on Weds., March 24 (details at end of post). Their special guest speaker will be talking about Cultural and Business Etiquette, which sounds like an interesting topic in itself.

Even if you're not planning on attending the event, you can help a good cause by dropping off slightly-worn men's or women's business attire at the Outrigger Reef Hotel Diamond Head Terrace, where the luncheon will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM. The clothing donations will go to the YWCA's Dress for Success program and the Institute for Human Services.

In addition, Theresa is hoping to stage a Dress for Success fashion show, with the modeled clothes being donated to the drive. The Wedding Cafe at Ward Centers has already stepped up to the plate, but she would love to have more boutiques and retail stores help out. For many women in need, having the right outfit can make a big difference in getting hired and improving their self-esteem.

Besides her involvement with the Meeting Professionals group, Theresa's name and face may be familiar to you from TV commercials and ads she's appeared in. She also did a great job filling in for our regular CCTV host, Deb McGuire, on this month's show while Deb was off island. In fact, she did so well we're looking to do our own Dress for Success features on CCTV, so if you know of any shops or stores that cater to professional men and women, drop me an email!

Today's relevant links:

Details on the MPI Cultural and Business Etiquette luncheon.

More info on the Meeting Professionals International Aloha Chapter.

Link to The Wedding Cafe website.

See Theresa Tilley in our segment about Chaminade's interior design program.

And here's our viewing schedule for the rest of the Career Changers TV episode!

3 Responses to “Dress for Success Clothing Drive”

  1. Michael:

    People can dress for the part but can they act? Once hired, the true character of that person comes out, whether they can do the job or not?

    The one who failed to get the job goes and gets hired by someone else and that company is fortunate to get the better worker. He is dressed in a clean shirt and jeans and casual shoes.

    The one who got hired first, wears a custom made Armani suit. The one wearing Armani gets fired a week later, bad work habits, but he dressed sharply.

  2. Rich Figel:

    Dress for Success doesn't mean over-dressing. But someone who comes into an interview wearing inappropriate clothing for that job isn't showing much common sense or good judgment, so that's a pretty clear indicator that person would not work out.

    Sure, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. However, more often than not, what you see is what you get, no?

    Judy Bishop, the owner of Bishop & Co., offers excellent advice on this subject in one of our YouTube videos posted on our CCTV site (under Interview Tips). She says dress for the job that you want -- not the job you currently have. If you're applying for a management position, dress the way managers at that company dress.

  3. Michael:

    I understood and as you know, I think differently.