Portland, OR. 280 people attended Dress for Success Oregon’s (DFSO) sixth-annual Empowerment Breakfast on October 3rd and helped raise over $65,000. The event at The Sentinel Hotel drew together business, civic, and social leaders supporting each other across racial, socioeconomic, and gender lines in the workplace. Sarah Redgrave, Ana Matos, Cara Rothe, Executive Director Shari Dunn, and Dr. Melody Rose were on the event panel. (Photo credit, Images by Brant)

Executive Director Shari Dunn looks on as DFSO Client, Cara Rothe, delivers her speech about her struggle and triumph.

Panelists Sarah Redgrave, Ana Matos, Cara Rothe, and Dr. Melody Rose discuss ways to help women overcome barriers in the workplace.

Dress for Success Oregon’s impact helps low-income women gain employment, wage progression, and economic independence. The event featured keynote speaker, Dr. Melody Rose, President of Marylhurst University, founder of the Center for Women’s Leadership, and a nationally recognized scholar and women and politics. All speakers, along with Vice President of Total Rewards and Family Support for KinderCare Education, Sarah Redgrave, participated in a panel discussion about how employers can help women overcome barriers to success in the workplace. 

Volunteer Manager Lindsey Norlander presents Margo Passadore, Karen Morgan, and Becky Schindele with the Dress for Success Oregon Volunteer Award.

The Empowerment Breakfast audience listens to panelists Sarah Redgrave, Ana Matos, Dr. Melody Rose, and Shari Dunn.

From Dress for Success Oregon:

Dress for Success Oregon’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success Oregon is the only workforce development organization in the state of Oregon that focuses exclusively on women and work. We are distinctive for helping women overcome barriers to employment, prepare for and keep their jobs, and advance in their careers toward the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency and economic equality.