Meet our staff: Ketsia Marcellus

Meet our staff: Ketsia Marcellus

Ketsia Marcellus joined Suited for Success in 2018 as Program Manager, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her on our team. In her role, she oversees our training programs, including our Employment Skills Training Workshops, Vets for Success, and other initiatives.

Q: What was it about Suited for Success that made you want to work there?
A: Suited for Success is in line with the two things that I am most passionate about: people and fashion. Suited for Success understands the value of making an impact on ordinary people’s lives. Having the opportunity to work for this remarkable organization brings a lot of fulfillment in making a real difference to everyday people that need the confidence and job training skills to succeed.

Q: What three words would you use to describe Suited for Success?
A: One of the things that I first noticed while working at Suited for Success was how inspiring, dedicated, and empathetic the culture within the organization is.There have been many instances where our clients express their gratitude for stimulating their self-confidence and preparedness to have a successful job interview.

Q: What is the best advice that you could give someone for success?
A: The best advice that I could give someone would be that all roads to success are not the same. Do not compare yourself to where anyone else is in life, no matter who they are.

Q: What is your proudest moment so far at Suited for Success?
A: My proudest moment happens everyday! When our clients come in, and I am able to witness their whole demeanor change when they put on a suit is unforgettable. They become so empowered it is like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, instantly!

Q: How do you find balance between work and family?
A: I love what I do so I don’t really have to find a balance.

Q: Tell us something that might surprise us about you?
A: My undergraduate degree is in Chemistry and I am a former golfer.

Q: What inspires you?
A: My inspiration comes from knowing that I am making a positive impact on the lives of those around me.

Suited for Success Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Suited for Success Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Since 1994, Suited for Success and Dress for Success Miami, its women’s program, has helped over 60,000 clients turn their dreams into reality. Co-founder and Executive Director Sonia Jacobson began the organization to provide women with the right tools and suits to secure employment and get off welfare. The initial goal was to reduce dependence on welfare. Today, the mission has evolved, and the organization now helps approximately 1,200 women, men, veterans, and youth every year.

Suited for Success works to empower individuals to attain economic independence and self-sufficiency through training, career development, support, and professional image services. The organization’s programs and services give clients the knowledge and tools they need to succeed – to break the cycle of poverty, lower the unemployment rate, and enhance domestic stability.

The 25 Stories. 25 Years. campaign highlights 25 individuals that impact or have been impacted by the organization. Each one shares how Suited for Success has changed their lives.

To view the campaign and learn how you can donate and support the organization, visit


Meet Our Staff: Destiny Reynolds

Meet Our Staff: Destiny Reynolds

Suited for Success’s Executive Assistant, Destiny Reynolds, started as a volunteer in our boutique. Her positivity and style went a long way in encouraging and preparing our clients to look their best for their interviews. She joined our staff in 2016, and manages our Career Center and referral agencies.

Q: Can you tell us about yourself?
A: My name is Destiny Reynolds. I enjoy giving back, traveling, and the creative arts. I am from central Ohio. I have a love for nature and family history. I have a BA in history and a minor in business.

Q: What was the transition from Ohio to Miami like?
A: It was a natural transition. Initially I was contracted to assist with art exhibitions during Art Miami and Art Basel.

Q: Can you tell us about your journey from volunteer to Executive Assistant?
A: The journey from volunteer to Executive Assistant has been a great experience. It allowed for a hands-on experience and a better understanding of our clients.

Q: What are some of your passions outside of the office?
A: My passions outside of the office are health and fitness plus creating for my small business.

Q: What have you learned from interacting with clients on a daily basis?
A: Interacting with our clients on a daily basis has taught me that most are appreciative of our services. They usually leave confident and empowered to get the job. It assures me that we are completing our mission.

Q: Can you talk about one moment at Suited for Success / Dress for Success Miami that uplifted or encouraged you?
A: A moment that uplifted me at Suited for Success / Dress for Success Miami happened recently. Not only did we help underprivileged students with interview suitings, but we were also able to help them with nice prom dresses and tuxedos. The students were not expecting so much and seemed overwhelmed with joy. It was a very rewarding moment.

Q: Can you tell us about managing the Career Center and how these services impact clients?
A: I manage the career center effectively by staying organized with both the volunteers and the clients. I follow-up with both parties both before and after their appointments. The clients are usually engaged with our volunteers and eager to learn how to modify a resume. They learn a lot from our volunteers’ expertise.

Q: What do you hope for your future with Dress for Success?
A: I hope to grow with the company in recruiting for the career center. Plus, produce more behind the scenes content for our social media channels.

2017 Recap: Over 1,000 individuals served!

2017 Recap: Over 1,000 individuals served!

Job-seeking veterans get a job search jump start with Suited for Success

Job-seeking veterans get a job search jump start with Suited for Success

Helping clients look appropriate for a job interview is just one part of what Suited for Success does. The other: preparing clients for the interview itself. Over the course of six weeks this spring, Suited for Success Executive Director Sonia Jacobson held an employment skills training program for veterans living at the Harding Village facility owned by Carrefour Supportive Housing.Over the course of the program, the veterans learned how to create a proper resume, how to answer questions on a job interview, and even experienced a mock interview to help them practice their new skills.

“The outcome and the program itself helped the veterans tremendously. It gave them confidence and showed them what to do in order to get employed,” says Gabriel Reyes, client services coordinator at Carrfour.

In addition to learning new skills, the veterans were treated to makeovers, courtesy of renowned hair stylist Javier Fonseca, a Suited for Success supporter.


Craig Bonn gets a makeover from Javier Fonseca. Bonn, a military veteran, holds a marine biology degree and is seeking employment as a teacher.

See more client makeovers on our Facebook page >

Army Veteran and client, Philip Ortiz, thriving in his new job

Army Veteran and client, Philip Ortiz, thriving in his new job

A common misconception among employers is that the skills learned in the military cannot be applied in the civilian work force. But U.S. Army veteran Philip Ortiz proves otherwise. His service from 1999 to 2003 was not only beneficial to him for personal reasons, but also for career-related ones.

When he originally got his current job, he did not think the skills he learned while deployed would be useful, but he draws on his military    experience daily in his interactions with hotel guests and colleagues. His current position as night auditor at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables brings together several of the skills he learned in the military — paying attention to detail, taking initiative, handling pressure — all so he can successfully do bookkeeping work and interact with hotel guests in order to meet their needs.

Another important aspect of his job is the first impression he makes on clients as they check into the hotel. He thanks Suited for Success for giving him the tools necessary to help him do his job.

“In terms of dress code, I have to look my best,” says Ortiz. “Suited for Success gave me nice clothes for the job interview. When I went a second time, they were able to supply me with the outfits I could wear throughout the week since I wear a suit and tie to work everyday.”

Experienced menswear specialist lends his talents to Suited for Success

Experienced menswear specialist lends his talents to Suited for Success

First impressions are everything in the workforce. Emilio Subil, a Menswear Specialist with over 40 years of experience, sees an extreme importance in dressing well to get the job.

He believes that the way you dress shows how you care for yourself. “If employers see that you care about yourself, it shows that you care about the job.”

The Cuban native has seen many people trying to get ahead in today’s market. He has known about the Suited for Success program for a while and began volunteering two months ago. As a personal shoppper, Subil has helped men who are looking for jobs ranging from janitors to stockbrokers. He has been able to give them the confidence needed by fitting them to an entire interview outfit: slacks, dress shirt, tie, jacket, and dress shoes. Subil truly enjoys helping others succeed, and he does just that every week at Suited for Success.

See one recent transformation that Subil helped create:

emilio suit before


emilio suit after


Long time supporter talks about bridging the gap between the military and civilian workforce

Long time supporter talks about bridging the gap between the military and civilian workforce

At the young and thrilling age of 19, Lupe Casanova made a pivotal decision that set the direction for the rest of her life. The comedic performance of Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin and Casanova’s interest in gallivanting, along with the practical reason of educational benefits, prompted Casanova to make a bold move and join the military.  In her two active duty years in Germany and 21 years in the Army Reserves, Casanova has acquired three military occupational skills, created great memories in different parts of the world, and been inspired to help other veterans have a smooth transition into the civilian workforce through her work with Dress for Success Miami.

Casanova’s simultaneous experience in the military reserves and the civilian workforce, specifically the banking industry at Wells Fargo where she is the Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager of  Wells Fargo at Work program, has given her the knowledge necessary to help veterans as a military liaison to Dress for Success Miami. As a longtime supporter of more than 10 years for Dress for Success Miami and good friend of Sonia Jacobson, Casanova was a Board Member years ago and is excited to be involved with the organization again.

Lupe CasanovaThrough the years, she has seen many programs designed to help veterans transition to civilian life; however in her opinion, the majority of these programs do not give enough guidance, if any at all, when it comes to getting a job and civilian interviews. This gap in available employment support for veterans is one of the reasons that Dress for Success Miami stood out to her.

“Dress for Success Miami prepares [veterans] in how to dress, speak, create resumes, and what to expect,” says Casanova, who feels the program fills the gap.
Casanova asserts that Dress for Success Miami helps veterans realize how the skills they used in the military can be converted to practical and efficient skills in the civilian workforce. When she was involved in the Recruiter Retention and Commander program while in the Army Reserves, she gained people skills that could be applied to recruiter and sales positions in the job market. As a military liaison, Casanova looks forward to doing anything she can in order to help Dress for Success Miami advise the most highly disciplined and highly trained individuals on how to earn a place in the labor force.

Header photo: Casanova in her official military photo in 1981, when she first joined the Army, and in 2005 as a Master Sergeant. 

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