Helping Women "Clothes" The Deal

Amber Fowler, Founder Dress for Success Spokane
Photograph: photo: Colleen Cahill

Inspired risktakers.

Motivated problem solvers.

Confident trailblazers.

In your neighborhoods and communities, Americans are answering President Obama’s call to service.

On Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 I formally responded to President Obama and thus began my reinvention from corporate communications professional to social entrepreneur as the founder of Dress for Success Spokane.

My path to social entrepreneurship began immediately upon graduating from the Hatfield School of Government in 2000. Following a fun and albeit glamorous decade working for the likes of Nike and the Portland Trailblazers NBA team, my life has already been transformed by Dress for Success in ways that are both amazing and unimaginable. What I love most about Dress for Success is the fact that it’s entirely about empowering the women who participate. It’s about taking charge of one’s life and being the architect to your future. Dress for Success is about the dreamer – and the doer!

Serving the Inland Northwest, Dress for Success Spokane promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women ages 18+ thrive in work and in life.

Since 1997, Dress for Success and its more than 100 worldwide affiliates have worked directly with well over 3,000 domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters, and job-training programs to help 500,000 women prepare for job interviews and gain meaningful employment.

President Obama asked us to come together to build a united citizenry of inspired, enthusiastic and social purpose-driven individuals working toward a shared experience. He knows what can happen when ordinary people turn their dreams into real action.

I imagine that in the not too distant future, women and men will ask each other, "What did you do in your years of service to our country?"

How will you respond?

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