This story was originally published on the Dress for Success New Orleans website.

Last Tuesday, our Professional Women’s Group heard from Ulta representatives about makeup and personal grooming in the workplace. The presentation focused on the role of skincare and makeup in enhancing and accentuating our favorite features, rather than covering up insecurities. Going around the room, we shared our personal takes on beauty tips, natural skincare, and everyone’s one essential makeup look — a dash of mascara or a swipe of red lipstick, moments in the morning that complete the business professional and leave us walking out the door with the confidence to take on the day. …


This story was originally published on the Dress for Success New Orleans website.

This past Tuesday we hosted our quarterly Alumni Professional Women’s Group meeting of our former clients who have gone through at least one year of the monthly Professional Women’s Group employee retention program; the program usually covers themes such as financial literacy, nutrition, and more. This quarter’s Alumni PWG meeting was centered on makeup in the workplace, branching into discussions on skincare and professional hairstyles. At the start of the meeting, we led a “shining moments” icebreaker in which each person in the room shared three of her greatest accomplishments in her education or career with the rest of the APWG members at her table. …


This story was originally published on the Dress for Success New Orleans website.

One of our clients from this past weekend wrote to us in an email, “Thank you for the moment when I looked up and I saw me again.” And it is that moment, the moment when a woman realizes she has all she needed to succeed already inside of her, for which Dress for Success New Orleans operates, I’ve learned. On the surface level, providing professional attire and helping someone create a resume will undoubtedly help restore her confidence in her ability to get a job and create a career. However, confidence is truly restored not just with the clothes, but in a woman’s ability to look at herself in the mirror and see herself crushing the interview, getting that job offer, and advancing her career. …


Almost a year ago, I had just wrapped our final workshop (A Star Wars Galaxy of Code) for the summer at Herndon Fortnightly Library, the site of our original summer and web development programs. In the weeks before, we coded with Anna and Elsa from Disney and explored MIT AppInventor in 3, 2, 1, App That! with dozens of students from the D.C. metro area. In the year since, we’ve reached a few hundred students in the D.C. area and in online education, most of whom are from a low-income background or are members of an underrepresented group in technology. …

Niharika Vattikonda

Robertson Scholar at UNC & Duke, Founder of Teens Transforming Technology

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