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3rd Annual S.I.S. Retreat – VOICES 2011

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on March 24, 2011

For immediate release: Contact: Amie Bossi

March 22, 2011 Director of Development

636-940-8027 ext 104



3rd Annual S.I.S. Retreat – VOICES 2011

St. Charles, MO – Sisters Impacting Sister (S.I.S.) will hold their 3rd Annual S.I.S. Retreat- VOICES 2011 on April 16th from 10am to 3pm at Connections to Success in St. Charles. The event will focus on two issues that impact children -suicide and violence against women, both issues tragically affect children.

This year S.I.S. is partnering with Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide (CHADS) Coalition and Chuck Alphin’s Building Life Foundation Nonviolence Center. Alphin will share about Kingian Nonviolence, a philosophy and methodology that provides the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary for people to pursue peaceful strategies for solving personal and community problems. Marian McCord, Executive Director of CHADS, will speak about suicide prevention and awareness.

S.I.S. Mentors is a group of professional women who volunteer their time and talents to mentor young ladies between the ages of 11-18. S.I.S. participates in a variety of activities to promote self esteem and community service. The 2009 Community Action Project was recognized by Dress for Success Worldwide for having a significant impact on the community. In the first year S.I.S. awarded one college scholarship. After receiving a grant from the Athena Foundation in 2009, they were able to award four scholarships last year. Currently applications are being accepted for this year’s scholarships.

S.I.S. was created by Jana Gamble after she attended the Success Summit, a leadership forum offered to Professional Women’s Group (PWG) members. PWG is a program of Dress for Success. Ms. Gamble led her fellow PWG members in a Community Action Project – the first S.I.S. Retreat – in 2009. Ms. Gamble has a passion for working with youth. She has been involved in youth Ministry at Church on Rock in St. Peters, MO since 2006. She is also the author of several books for young adults including 107 Ways to Give When You Think You Have Nothing to Give and one children’s book I am Child of God.

For more information about S.I.S. Mentors and how to have a free resource table at 2011 VOICES please contact Jana Gamble at (636) 940-8027.


1701 N. 2nd Street | St. Charles, Missouri 63301 | http://www.connectionstosuccess.org

Jana Gamble
Dress for Success Midwest
Boutique Coordinator
P: 636.940.8027 x101
F: 636.940.8036

Dress for Success Midwest St. Charles Boutique
1701 N. 2nd St.
St. Charles, MO 63301

Dress for Success Midwest St. Louis Boutique
4231 N. Grand
St. Louis, MO 63107



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SIS Sponsorship Information

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on March 24, 2011

S.I.S. Mentors

2011 Teens United

You or your organization/company:

  • Will have your logo on the event shirts.
  • Will be announced as a scholarship sponsor.
  • Will be listed in the press release.
  • Will be announced at the beginning and end of the event.
  • Will be listed on all event materials.
  • Will be listed on the programs.

You or your organization/company:

  • Will have your logo on the event shirts.
  • Will be announced as a scholarship sponsor.
  • Will be announced at the beginning and end of the event.
  • Will be listed on all event materials.
  • Will be listed on the programs.

You or your organization/company:

  • Will have your logo on the event shirts.
  • Will be announced at the event.
  • Will be listed on all event materials.
  • Will be listed on the programs.

You or your organization/company:

  • Will be announced at the event.
  • Will have a table to display your materials/resources
  • Will be asked to provide a minimum of 100 takeaways for attendees
  • Will be asked to provide an appetizer for 50-100 attendees
  • Will be listed on all event materials.
  • Will be listed on the programs.

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Sisters Impacting Sisters

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on March 23, 2011

Please Support Sisters Impacting Sisters, which was formed as a result of Dress for Success Midwest  Professional Women’s Group 2009 Community Action Project.



Assistance/Needs List


  • Photographer (NEEDED)        * Videographer (NEEDED) +need video shot of Joyce Marchand sharing her personal story healing from the suicide of her son Andrew.


  • Press Release to go out! (Thank you Ly Syin and Amie)    * Add to “Events” via Social Media
  • Word of mouth- spread the word- invite people        * Pass out info: postcards, invite cards


  • 100-200 Bags to put all Resource table materials in    * Organizations w/resources on Suicide Prevention, Nonviolence and Prevention of Violence Against Women & Girls, Anti-Bullying
  • More Scholarship $$ (We would like to award 5-6 Scholarships at $125+ minimum each)
  • Donation Buckets for collection for CHADS Coalition
  • Contact Lynn Jackson for a Resource table- Penny Drive
  • Assistance with setup Fri. April 15th 2-5 and 7-finish, Volunteers during event (8:30-3) and Clean up 3:30-finish
  • Want the following to partner with us: Youth Lifeline America, Boys & Girls Club, Andre’s MMA Anti-Bullying info, House of Refuge, Women’s Center, St. Martha’s Hall, Counseling Services, 1-2 local celebrity artists for the Celebration of Life, Anointed Feet Dancers
  • Desserts: Cake or Cupcakes and cookies, punch for Celebration of Life


Thank you all for your support, prayers and time!!

Jana M. Gamble
S.I.S. Mentors
Program Manager
w- 636.940.8027
c- 636.577.1800

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Leadership Corner by Anne Murray

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on March 14, 2011

Explaining and understanding the nature of good leadership is probably easier than practicing it. Good leadership requires deep human qualities beyond conventional notions of authority. Effective leadership does not necessarily require great technical or intellectual capacity. These attributes might help, but they are not pivotal. Good leader-ship in the modern age more importantly re quires attitudes and behaviors which characterize and relate to humanity. Good leaders are followed chiefly because people trust and respect them, rather than the skills they possess. Leaderships is about behavior first and skills second.

Anne Murray is a PWG member and will contribute monthly to PWG Newsletter.

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What NOT to do on interview

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on March 14, 2011

On ” JOB TALK” we usually talk about hot to put together your resume, cover letter, how to dress, etc. Those things are very important which is why I talk about them frequently.  However, for the purpose of this article, I want to talk about what NOT to do. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Here are some things you want to make sure you avoid in an interview.

Do NOT ask how much the job pays or if benefits are included. If a job offer is made the interviewer will explain salary and benefits at that time. You can always turn the job down.

Do NOT be late. The employers will assume if you can’t get to the interview on time, you can’t get to work on time.

Do NOT bring your children to the interview. Again the assumption will be if you can’t get a sitter for the interview you probably can’t get one while you work.

Do NOT talk badly about your former employers. Blaming others will not help your cause.

It’s best to say ” I’ve learned a lot from this job and now I wan to purse other career opportunities because  I have more to offer and  want to continue to learn new things”.

Do NOT answer your cell phone to talk or text once your car. All you need to be thinking about is how to impress the interviewer and others that you may encounter during the interview process.


Do NOT tell the interviewer you don’t have any questions. It makes you appear unprepared for the interview. Do research on the company prior to the interview so you can ask intelligent questions and let the interviewer k now you did your homework.

Do NOT monopolize the conversation , tell jokes, use slang language, or curse in the interview. EVER!


Do NOT give too much personal information. Keep your answrs guided toward your abilities as a prospective employee. The interviewer doesn’t need to know what sports you play, how much you party, or even how involved you are at church.


And Finally, Do NOT be depressed if you  don’t get the job. If you remain positive  about  yourself and others around you, you will be successful in your job search. Every time you get an interview, you’ll learn something new and you’ll get better and more comfortable each time.


Article by Sharon  Bateman, job coach on Job Talk Radio Show. Reprinted from Sparkman  Magazine.

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Inspiration, Motivation & Participation

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on March 13, 2011

Inspiration, Motivation and Participation are the three words that best describe the 2011 Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women’s Group Community Action Project, a conference for homeless women. This is fourth Community Action project Professional Women’s Group has done. Each year the affiliates of Dress for Success Worldwide are challenged to give back to the community through a community action project.

The inspiration for the homeless women conference came from PWG. Ly Syin Lobster, project leader thought she could give back the homeless community because being when she homeless she thought , when situation changes I want to help other homeless people.

The theme for the homeless women’s conference was “Yes We Can Women Overcoming Obstacles”. The event was kicked off with a empoWErment moment by Fatima Maddox, a member of Sisters Impacting Sister. Sisters Impacting Sisters was formed during the 2008 community action project by PWG member, Jana Gamble.

PWG member Vival Lopez was host and Deana Webber, mayor of Hopeville, a tent city just north of Arch , was co- host for “Yes, We Can! Women Overcoming Obstacles Conference. Debbie Reinhardt of hopeful transitions, talked about goal setting with the women.. Ms. Reinhardt also designed the “ Yes We Can Women Overcoming Obstacles Logo. Patty Cook shared about how to SPARK your life in 5 Speculator Steps. PWG members model in a fashion show to demonstrated interview attire and professional attire.

Job Talk Radio Show Host, Marylin Parker shared her some career tips with the women. She informed them the most important thing for job search was networking. She provided information about the Job Alliance a ministry that assist those the unemployed activity seeking a job.

The event ended with a Real Women panel discussion about overcoming obstacles. Our panelist were Minister Lisa Chunn, Minster Dorothy Matthews, Minister Marilyn Parker and Jessica Turner. Minister Lisa Chunn and author of One Day My Soul Opened Up, briefly shared about how she overcame the obstacle of drug abuse, being an homeless.

Panelist,Jessica Turner a college student at University of Missouri at St. Louis also experience being homeless twice in her life. She encouraged the women to stay motivated as they search for resources that can help them. She expressed how education helped provide a better life for herself and her daughter. Turner stated she set goals for herself even when she was homeless.

Minster Dorothy Mathews , founder of Beyond the Hurt Ministries shared that she had never experience being homeless, but that she knows about overcoming obstacles. She shared about how fear can paralyze and stop women leaving bad situations.

Sparkman publisher and Job talk radio show host Marylin shared how her faith in Christ has helped her to overcome the obstalces in her. Parker stated she has never experienced homeless but she has experienced unemployment and many other challenges in life.

PWG began a winter drive last fall to collect personal care items to give away on the day of the conference. All the homeless women received a bag of personal care items. Ly Syin Lobster said, “ I am amazed at the amount of donations we received. There were three racks full of clothes donated to give the homeless women. Breakfast was provided by St. Louis Bread Company Care Cafe and volunteers from a bible study class at Cavalry Church Mid Rivers campus. Fried chicken was donated from King Edward Fried Chicken St. Charles location.

Dress for Success Midwest provides women transitioning to the workforce with business appropriate apparel. Dress for Success provides each participant with one suit for interviewing and another when they achieve employment. Since opening our doors in May 1998, Dress for Success Midwest has suited over 21,000 participants. Connections to Success aims to manifest the internal progress our participants have made into outward confidence.
For more information on available sponsorships or to make a donation to the community action project, contact the group at pwgcap2011@gmail.com.

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How to S.P.A.R.K. a Spectacular Life: 5 Easy Ways to Be Unstoppable

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on February 21, 2011

These 5 easy steps are your key to living out loud, reaching any goal and enjoying the ride. Patty Cook learned the hard way the high price of being stressed out, overwhelmed and feeling like she wasn’t successful no matter how hard she worked or how successful she looked to the outside world. No More!

You, too, can take control of any challenge or break free from what is stopping you from achieving your goals in life, just by learning and using these easy tools. They are designed to help you be all you can be, and bring your best to life. Sometimes it is beyond our ability to generate the spark we need to get where we want to go, and we need the help of an expert – someone who has risen from the ashes, and who can help you navigate your way through faster and easier than you can on your own.

Patty Cook, Executive Life Coach, Certified Kolbe ™ Consultant, and Inspirational Speaker, has been helping people Transform Stress into Success ™ since 1992, when she successfully recovered from her own “crash and burn.” Patty offers personal coaching, corporate training and keynote presentations, all designed to help people ignite their personal power, so they can achieve their most imaginative goals and withstand life’s greatest challenges, creating success from the inside out. Visit Patty Cook’s Life by Design website at http://www.PattyCook.com for resources and programs. You can call 636-861-9100 or send an email to info@PattyCook.com to explore ways Patty might help you be unstoppable.


Ms. Cook will be one of our featured speakers at  “Yes We Can! Women Overcoming Obstacles Conference on March 12”

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Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on February 19, 2011

There is a JOB FAIR on Thursday. Feb 24 at the Met Center 6347 Plymouth from 10-2. BJC…VERIZON..HOW SWEET THE SOUND) GRACE HILL AAA and many more. Deputy Director of EEOC also doing special workshop at 9 am on 2 nd level.

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Hopeful not Homeless

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on February 13, 2011

By PWG Member Jana Gamble

Today @S.I.S. Mentors partnered with the @Midwest Professional Women’s Group and had an amazing trip to Hopeville!! We spent an hour with the Mayor and the residents of Hopeville touring, talking, engaging, and encouraging!! Through our trip we uncovered the truths about the rumors and myths about this group of 45 “homeless” people. We’ve got it wrong folks- they ARE at home! Many of them are there by choice and do not want to leave. You can learn a lot by walking an hour in their shoes. There are 45 residents, only 7 of which are women and the Mayor is a Woman!! How cool is that! The youngest person is about 21 and the oldest is 62. Some of them have flame retardant homes, pets, spouses, families in the St. Louis area, they are skilled, talented, friendly and caring individuals. Several of them stated that this is the first time they have ever had their own home!

When we pulled up a couple of us in the car started to cry. When we left we left changed! We drove away with smiles on our faces and we grateful to make some new friends. This was a life changing experience for my family, my S.I.S. girls and my PWG sisters! We’re so grateful for this opportunity! ❤

Hopeville is in need of many items you may not think of such as: Men’s clothing, batteries (lots of them and all sizes for flashlights, etc.), socks, gloves, propane tanks, blankets, building supplies, phone cards (minute cards) and of course toiletries.

Today make an impact on our community! Show someone that there is Hope and that our community cares today!
Jana Gamble, is a Midwest Professional Women’s Group Member. She is the author of three books, I am a child of God, 107 ways to Give When You Think You Have Nothing to Give and Capture your Giving and Blessing, A Journaling  Journey to new discovery. Gamble writes a column in the monthly Connections Newsletter entitled “Inspirations from an Everyday Woman.”

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Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on January 24, 2011












We are collecting , bottle water, converter box, halls cough drops, aspirins, hoodies, candles, sleeping bags,  blankets,hats, shoes, firewood and propane gas, socks, gloves toilet tissue, personal hygiene items (toothpaste, small mouthwash, mints, gum, floss, lip balm, lipstick, lip gloss, female hygiene products, comb/brush, deodorant, powder, soap, body wash,

lotion, shampoo, conditioner, sanitizer wipes) to be distributed to local area homeless women

Please drop off donations at  1701 N. Second Street, St. Charles MO 63301, between 9am -4pm. Thank You

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