At Sivo Insights, we are proud to work with a versatile blend of researchers, business strategists, and creative talent. Their expertise is impressive, but we are most proud of their individual passions to make a difference in our community. One team member we commend is Jeri Quest, whose role as CEO of Dress for Success Twin Cities provides tremendous support for disadvantaged women.
Dress for Success Twin Cities is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic independence for underprivileged women. For the past five years, Jeri and Dress for Success Twin Cities have been offering professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools. Since January of 2010, they have assisted over 2,000 women with achieving professional success, with a current average of 700 women annually.
“What we do is so much more than clothes,” Jeri says. “It is about helping women get a fresh start and equipping them with the tools they need to succeed. The minute she walks in the door, each woman has our continual support.”
Beyond business attire for their first interview, women are introduced to an interview skills program and a professional women’s group, their own network of support for personal growth and development. A mentor program also pairs each woman with a local executive. These Dress for Success programs help women land the job, and then teach them how to be successful in it. Of those who complete the interview skills program, 70% are employed within 90 days of their completion date.
Jeri’s own personal success has given her the ability to help other women thrive. “I feel very fortunate for the business experience that I have had,” she says. “My brand strategy skills have allowed me to run this organization as a business. Dress for Success Twin Cities is doing quite well, especially when you consider that we have grown through a bad economy.”
The organization recently hosted their 5th Annual Sweet Success Luncheon where they raised an incredible $115,000 through ticket and table sales, as well as sponsorships.
The passion Jeri exudes for the women of Dress for Success is very inspiring. “The master of ceremonies for our recent luncheon is the most delightful, articulate, bright woman you could ever meet,” Jeri says. “After coming into our program just two years ago, she has become a part-time behavioral therapist with her own radio show. She is also a spokeswoman for us and speaks on behalf of several organizations that are dear to her personally. What she has accomplished in the last two years is absolutely phenomenal. Stories like hers are the reason I do what I do.”
If you are interested in mentoring or volunteering with Dress for Success Twin Cities, visit their website at www.dressforsuccess.org/twincities.