Suited for Success celebrates 25 years with Cirque du Success

Suited for Success celebrates 25 years with Cirque du Success

Suited for Success / Dress for Success Miami celebrated its 25th anniversary in style with Cirque du Success on October 5 at Jungle Island. Over 350 guests danced and played the night away in support of Suited for Success’s programs empowering men, women, youth, and veterans to economic self-sufficiency.

The cirque began the moment guests stepped off the elevator and were greeted by the ringmaster. Throughout the night, guests were entertained by acrobats, magicians, and fortune tellers, tried their luck at the casino, and enjoyed the photobooths, cigar bar, and make-up touch-up bar by Ulta. Suited for Success founder and executive director Sonia Jacobson and late co-founder Barbara Tifford were honored with a proclamation presented by Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp and Commissioner Sally Heyman before the night’s special guest performer took the stage.

Miami’s own Yoli Mayor (America’s Got Talent) wow-ed the crowd with new original songs and classics, bringing everyone to the dance floor with her performance. Tartara USA and DJ PeeWee kept the dancing going until the end of the night.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors: Platinum Sponsors Noya + Fields Family Charitable Funds, Capital One, Walmart, Bacardi, and Amazon; Silver Sponsor Royal Caribbean; Contributing Sponsors Greenberg Traurig, Julie Grimes, and Ulta; Partner-level Sponsors Deloitte, Kaufman Rossin, Ocean Bank, CORE Construction of Florida, NextEra Energy, Commissioner Sally Heyman, Ernst & Young, and Simply Healthcare; In-kind Sponsors Fantasy Farms and Unique Designer’s Cake.

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Suited for Success expands County-wide service with new Mobile Career Center

Suited for Success expands County-wide service with new Mobile Career Center

Over the last 25 years, Suited for Success has empowered over 60,000 individuals in Miami-Dade County to economic independence and self-sufficiency through career development, training, professional image services, and a support network. The organization is expanding its reach county-wide with the launch of its Mobile Career Center, donated by Simply Healthcare.

The custom-fitted converted RV includes closet racks, shoes and accessories storage, fitting rooms, a computer bar, and seating and table space. This generous donation enables Suited for Success to bring its training, professional image, and resume assistance services to those in hard-to-reach areas of the county, such as Homestead, South Dade, West Kendall, Hialeah, and other areas.

“Transportation is often a barrier for those clients who are actively seeking to improve their lives and who could really benefit from our services,” says Sonia Jacobson, founder and executive director of Suited for Success. “The new Mobile Career Center helps us bridge that gap and enables us to bring our training, suiting, and Career Center services closer to them, making self-sufficiency even more accessible to more people.”

Suited for Success serves approximately 1,200 individuals each year from throughout Miami-Dade County. Founded in 1994 to provide interview suits for job-seeking women, the nonprofit quickly added on training programs, as well as services for men, at-risk youth, and most recently, military veterans and their family members.

“Simply Healthcare has a long-standing commitment to supporting our Medicaid consumers through partnerships that address key social barriers and improve the overall health of our consumers and the communities we support,” said Lourdes Rivas, Simply Healthcare Medicaid plan president. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with such a tremendous partner on this program and look forward to providing such a critical service that can improve long-term wellbeing.”

The Mobile Career Center was officially unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 27, at noon, at Suited for Success’s office in Miami-Dade County’s Culmer Community Action Center. Suited for Success founder Sonia Jacobson will be joined by Cristy Castaneda of Simply Healthcare, Senator Jason Pizzo, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a long-time supporter of the organization.

“Miami-Dade County is proud to welcome the Suited for Success Mobile Career Center to Culmer,” said Mayor Gimenez. “This amazing organization fulfills such an important role in the search for gainful employment and in helping individuals in our community move toward financial independence.”

“As we celebrate 25 years of service to Miami, we continue to assess and adapt our services to better serve those in our community,” adds Jacobson. “The Mobile Career Center is a big part of that.”

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Join us at Cirque du Success, our 25th anniversary extravaganza

Join us at Cirque du Success, our 25th anniversary extravaganza

Join us for the party of the year! We are celebrating our 25th anniversary October 5, 2019, at Jungle Island.

Enjoy cirque performers, food stations, open bar by Bacardi, casino-style games, a silent auction, a fabulous raffle, and a special performance by Yoli Mayor (America’s Got Talent). Dance and play the night away while raising funds to support our programs for women, men, youth, and veterans.

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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


Our 2018 in numbers

Our 2018 in numbers

Upcoming trainings and workshops

Upcoming trainings and workshops

Join us for one of our upcoming training programs! See flyers below for details and how to register.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20: Job Readiness Workshop
  • Feb. 25-Mar. 1: Vets for Success


Announcing our new partner: Palm Produce Resortwear

Announcing our new partner: Palm Produce Resortwear

We are excited to announce our new partner: Palm Produce Resortwear! You can now bring your donations of gently used business attire and accessories to their Pinecrest location during store hours.

Palm Produce Pinecrest
8287 SW 124th St.
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Questions? Contact us at or 305.444.1944.

Thank you, Palm Produce!

Upcoming Job Readiness Workshops

Upcoming Job Readiness Workshops

Jump start your job search this year with one of Suited for Success’s upcoming Job Readiness Workshops.

Topics include:
• Mastering the job interview
• Answering difficult interview questions
• Crafting a winning resume
• Making a lasting first impression

Two upcoming workshops

Monday, January 28
10am – 12pm

Thursday, January 31
10am – 12 pm

Overtown Business Resource Center
1490 NW 3rd Ave., Suite 106
Miami, FL 33136

Space is limited – Register today!
Contact Tranell Harris at 305.444.1944 ext. 304.

Holiday Schedule

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