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.

Make 2018 THE year for job success

Make 2018 THE year for job success

Beginning this month, Suited for Success / Dress for Success Miami is launching monthly job readiness workshops for community members looking to jump-start their job search. The two-hour workshop will give participants an overview of job interview etiquette and tips, professional image, and resumes.

Workshop attendees will also learn more about the other services available through Suited for Success and Dress for Success Miami, such as the Career Center, professional attire for job interviews, and week-long training programs.

Our next workshop will be held on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Overtown Business Resource Center. Interested participants should be job-ready, actively seeking employment, and currently unemployed or underemployed. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Contact Tranell Harris at 305-444-1944 ext. 304 to register.

Born for Success: Our clients give back

Born for Success: Our clients give back

Our Dress for Success Miami Professional Women’s Group took on a Community Action Project this year to benefit single mothers.

Read more on the Dress for Success Miami website >

2017 Recap: Over 1,000 individuals served!

2017 Recap: Over 1,000 individuals served!

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

Jewels for a good cause – Kendra Gives Back to Dress for Success Miami

Jewels for a good cause – Kendra Gives Back to Dress for Success Miami

“Jewelry is like the perfect spice; it always complements what’s already there.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

These words proved to be especially true at the Kendra Gives Back party on July 26. The event, which took place at the Kendra Scott boutique in Brickell City Centre, drew a crowd of about 50 young professionals that were eager to support the cause.

Those in attendance enjoyed drinks and sweet treats, courtesy of Kendra Scott, and learned about Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!), a volunteer branch of Dress for Success Miami that strives to provide its members with volunteer, fundraising and networking opportunities to further our mission. Twenty percent of the night’s proceeds were donated to the organization.

Kendra Scott and the W Hotel South Beach also donated raffle prizes to raise additional funds for Dress for Success Miami. Overall, we raised $1,051, which will support Dress for Success Miami’s employment skills training programs for women.

Why I volunteer in the Career Center (and why you should consider it, too)

Why I volunteer in the Career Center (and why you should consider it, too)

When I moved from Dallas to Miami I was looking for a volunteer opportunity where I could utilize my experience in business while making a positive impact in the lives of others. What I wasn’t prepared for was the impact it would make in my own life.

As a volunteer for the Career Center at Dress for Success Miami, I have discovered a sense of passion for connecting with and giving back to those in need. I see clients every week who are passionate about finding a career; they just need some coaching from someone to locate an opportunity. Through connecting with my clients, I find that most of them are not unlike myself and have ended up in their situation through no fault of their own. I realized that in some cases I could easily be in my client’s situation, without a job or way to make a living for my family. The moment I recognized how similar we are, I began to have a true appreciation for the impact that non-profit organizations such as Dress for Success Miami have in other’s lives.

As a career center volunteer I get the pleasure of connecting with several clients each week while helping them create a resume, search for a job, or prepare for an interview. Throughout the process I am able to utilize my professional experience as a hiring manager to assist someone who is passionate about finding a career. I have discovered that volunteering at the career center is not only personally rewarding, but also develops me professionally. As I’ve learned through my own career development, listening, connecting with others, and giving regular feedback helps me become a better leader to my teams. Volunteering at Dress for Success Miami allows me to utilize those same skills to help those needing employment. Each client that visits the career center has a different background of experience, and through listening and connecting with them I am able to search for the career that best suits their needs.

As weeks and months of preparing clients for careers goes by, there is nothing as inspiring as receiving that email or phone call that of my clients has been hired. If you are looking for a looking for a way to make a difference in our community while utilizing your professional experience, please consider the Dress for Success Miami Career Center.

— Susan, Career Center volunteer

Career Center gets a makeover

Career Center gets a makeover

Out with the old, in with the new!

13912808_10154448007867220_8248860401199229415_n (1)This summer, Dress for Success Miami received a grant from Allegany Franciscan Ministries to update its Career Center technology and office equipment. Now our clients have the opportunity to learn the latest technology crucial to today’s job environment.

Eligible clients may now browse jobs online before or after their suiting sessions, or make an appointment to receive one-on-one for resume consultation, online job search guidance and interview practice with one of our great volunteers.

We are looking for more volunteers to commit to one or two shifts a month (typically a long lunch hour) at our Career Center. We are open to individual volunteers as well as corporate partners looking for employee volunteer opportunities. Please contact Angeline Evans at angeline@suitedforsuccess.org to learn more.

The grant also provided for computers, desks and other office supplies for our two new employees, who were hired in June thanks to an increase in our contract with the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency to assist with administrative support and community outreach. Thank you, Allegany Franciscan Ministries!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Dress for Success Miami and The Frieze Ice Cream Factory

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Dress for Success Miami and The Frieze Ice Cream Factory

In honor of National Ice Cream Month this July, Dress for Success Miami and The Frieze Ice Cream Factory have teamed up to offer a unique, custom flavor called “Taste of Success.” The owners at The Frieze carefully crafted this flavor to symbolize the path our clients take when they receive the support of Dress for Success Miami. From the chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors symbolizing the diverse backgrounds of our clients, to the marshmallows and chocolate chunks representing the “rocky road” that our clients have taken, the Taste of Success

During the month of July, customers will have the opportunity to taste success while giving back to the women we serve. The Frieze Ice Cream Factory will donate 20% of each scoop of Taste of Success purchased back to Dress for Success Miami. The funds raised will go towards our clients’ employment skills training program.

Our goal is to serve up 2,500 scoops of Taste of Success ice cream in July, enabling us to help five women with our full employment skills training program and professional attire for their interview.

“When ice cream translates into to generosity, it’s a beautiful thing,” says Sonia Jacobson, founder and executive director of Dress for Success Miami. “I know that’s why people will come out to try our flavor and help us reach more than 2,500 scoops.”

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from 6-9 p.m., Dress for Success Miami’s Hispanic Community Ambassador, Chiquinquira Delgado, Venezuelan TV personality, model, actress and renowned designer, together with celebrity fitness guru and author Adriana Martin, will host a celebrity scoop event. The event will take place at The Frieze Ice Cream Factory at 1626 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and will be open to the public.

TOS Insta“It’s our way of saying thank you for the support and building additional momentum to raise even more awareness and funds for our organization,” continues Jacobson.

“I think the community will really enjoy the flavor profile we created with the Dress for Success Miami team for this month-long offer,” says Lisa Warren, owner of The Frieze Ice Cream Factory. “It’s a symbolic yet tasty combination. Events like this truly capture our desire to give back to the Miami community.”

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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