Success Organics is an outgrowth of the Professional Women’s Group of Dress For Success Columbus, a local non-profit agency that was established in 2007 with a mission of promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help Central Ohio women thrive in work and life. Since its inception, Dress For Success Columbus has served over 2,000 women in Franklin and surrounding counties. All services are provided free of charge. Dress For Success Columbus is the local affiliate of Dress For Success Worldwide which is an international not-for-profit founded in 1997 offering services designed to help women find jobs and remain employed. Since 1997, Dress For Success Worldwide has served more than 550,000 women around the world. Each year this parent organization and its affiliates assist more than 50,000 women in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland, and the West Indies. This organic produce and butterfly garden project is the community action project decided upon by the Dress For Success Columbus 2010 Delegate to this organization’s annual international conference where one woman who has benefited from the agency’s services is nominated by her peers to represent their city. Delegates from all over the world are taken through an intensive leadership development and project management training and then asked to design and implement, in collaboration with a broad and diverse range of local resources, a project that will be a conduit for them to give back and improve the quality of life in their community. Success Summit 2010
More than 40 delegates from across the United States and several other countries including New Zealand and the United Kingdom converged for the sixth annual Success Summit at the chic Palomar Hotel in downtown Chicago from July 30 to August 1, 2010 to hone and sharpen the skills needed to lead the women of local Dress For Success affiliates and partners in a community action project designed to improve the quality of life where they live. Joi Gordon, Executive Director of Dress For Success Worldwide, charged the delegates to seek to really make an impact. “Go big or, go home!” was her call to action.