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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

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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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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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Dress for Success Midwest Community Action Project Update

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

“ Yes We Can! Women Overcoming Obstacles”

Dress for Success Midwest Professional women’s group voted to have an project that focused on empowering women. We felt that being a part of Dress for Success Midwest has given us tools to empower ourselves and we wanted to share that with other women. We are utilizing our Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women’s Group blog to encourage women to use technology to get information that would be helpful in them overcoming their obstacles. We created the blog and social networking accounts ( twitter and facebook) to provide women with information about career advice, personal finance, women’s health and community resources.

In addition to our online efforts we are providing homeless women and their families information about resources and feeding them.Our project goal is to support women who are re-entering society from incarceration, homeless women, and women living in poverty. We want to equip women with information about community resources and approaches to overcome obstacles may be holding them back.

For the conclusion of our project we plan to hold a one day conference for homeless women on March 12 and women re entering society from prison by and provide information and resource on the areas of employment, personal finances and women’s health.

Our theme this year is “Yes We Can! Women Overcoming Obstacles.” The women in our membership have over come obstacles. Several members have experienced being homeless. This has caused them to be interested in giving back to the community through helping the homeless.

Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women’s Group (PWG) has formed a partnerships with First Steps Back Home, Makeover for Life Outreach, and Opal’s House to assist women with workshops job preparation and readiness. We are reaching out to our community global to provide information about personal finances and women’s health. We are have contributors who have shared blog post on career advice, personal finances, and women’s health Locally we are developing relationships with university, ministries and non project organizations who work with the homeless.

We kicked off our community action project by feeding, providing gift bags and resource information to homeless women and their families.

Our progress we have given bags of personal hygiene items to 40 women and we have feed homeless women and their families three meals.

Ly Syin Lobster
Dress for Success Midwest Community Action Project Leader
twitter @stlpwg

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Open Mic Day Event

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

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Girl Scout Troop #2741 Silver Award Project:

Open Mic Day Event

Who: This entertainment event is open to Girl Scout Family and Friends.

Where: Connections to Success @ St. Charles Campus

1701 N Second Street, St. Charles, MO. 63366
When: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Admission per person: 3-5 personal care items, packaged in a goodie bag, ready to be passed on to the woman / child in need (toothbrushes, 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)
RSVP: what type of performance your troop or girls will do, example:  3mins-5mins song, poem, or dance (must have own music) to
Lynn’s email:  dreamnbelieve14@yahoo.com

Our troop is collecting the personal care items for the homeless women and children from PWG (Professional Women’s Group), Community Action Project of St. Charles, MO.
The items we collect will be given away at a Women’s Conference Workshop on March 12, 2011, at the St. Charles campus.
Performance Times will be emailed back to all troops that have signed up to perform.
Any questions please feel free to give troop leader Lynn Thomas a call @ 636-724-7594.  Leave a message and one of the girls will return your call.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri encourage all people with disabilities to participate in all Girl Scout events and programs. Please indicate below if you have a disability and any accommodations needed to participate in this event.
Does any participant have a disability? No_______ Yes________
If yes, indicate what type: Hearing impairment______ Specific learning disability _____ Physical impairment _____
Visual impairment_____ Other impairment_______
Please describe any accommodations needed: _____________________________________________________________

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Healthy Holiday Eating

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on December 24, 2010

The holidays are here, and even though they come with enough cookies, candy and comfort foods to last a lifetime, don’t run screaming from the buffet table just yet. Food may be a centerpiece of holiday festivities, but the holiday season doesn’t mean you have to pack on the party pounds. Try these tips for making your holidays healthful:

Take the edge off your hunger before a party.

Feeling hungry can sabotage even the strongest willpower, so eat a small, low-fat snack such as fruit or low-fat cheese before you head out the door. This will help you avoid rushing to the buffet table when you arrive.

Make just one trip to the party buffet.

Choose only the foods you really want to eat and keep portions small. Often just a taste satisfies a food craving or curiosity. Also, move your socializing away from the buffet table to eliminate unconscious nibbling.

Meet and greet.

Conversation is calorie-free. Get a beverage and settle into the festivities by catching up with old friends and making new ones.

How Can I Help My Overweight Child?

If you have an overweight child, it is very important that you allow him or her to know that you will be supportive. It is important to talk to your children about their weight, allowing them to share their concerns with you. It is not recommended that parents set children apart because of their weight. Instead, parents should focus on gradually changing their family’s physical activity and eating habits. By involving the entire family, everyone is taught healthful habits and the overweight child does not feel singled out.

Choose lower-calorie party foods.

IGo easy on fried appetizers and cheese cubes. Instead, have some raw vegetables with a small amount of dip-just enough to coat the end of the vegetable- or try boiled shrimp or scallops with cocktail sauce or lemon. To help ensure there will be healthful treats, bring a dish to the party filled with raw vegetables with a yogurt or cottage cheese dip, or bring a platter of fresh fruit.

If you are at a sit-down dinner party, cut your first helping in half.

That way, you can enjoy seconds (and your host or hostess will feel good about that) and the total amount of food you eat will be about the same as a normal-size portion.

Enjoy physical activity after a holiday feast. Find activities the whole family can do such as walking, biking, roller-blading or hockey, and develop family fun-time habits that can continue after the holiday season.

Be realistic. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays-this may be a self-defeating goal. Instead, strive to maintain your weight by balancing party eating with other meals. Eat small, lower-calorie meals during the day so you can enjoy celebration foods later without overdoing your total calorie intake.

Have fun. Enjoy traditional holiday meals and party foods with family and friends while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, too. If you need help developing a plan that works for you, contact a registered dietitian.

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Enhance Your Immunity Balance for this Autumn

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on November 12, 2010

According to Ayurveda, a person in good health will not be affected by even the most contagious disease because natural resistance to disease is part of being in good health.

In Ayurveda, immunity is dependant on the digestive fire, our capacity to digest and assimilate nutrients. If your body is healthy the immune function is strong and foreign bodies are destroyed and removed so that it can return towards a state of homeostasis. If your body is not healthy, foreign bodies can survive in that environment. Toxins from undigested food also provide a favourable environment for foreign bodies.

So, how can you improve your eating habits and lifestyle choices to enhance digestion. Here are a few dietary, lifestyle and yoga tips to set you on the right track for enhanced immunity this autumn.

Dietary tips to enhance digestion

Be aware of:

* how you digest (how do you feel after a meal? light, satisfied?)
* the size of your portions and when you have eaten enough
* the foods you eat – do they suit your constitution ?

In Ayurveda, foods such as milk, ghee or clarified butter and honey (in moderation) are also considered important for enhancing immunity.

Other suggestions:

* Include many fresh organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans in your diet. To get the nutrients for an enhanced immune function, make sure that there’s always plenty of fresh organic produce around.
* Sip hot water or ginger tea throughout the day but not during mealtimes to enhance your digestive capacity.
* Reduce your sugar intake and alcohol, both of which affect the activity of white blood cells

Lifestyle tips

There are several lifestyle choices that can tip the scales towards either illness or health. Try the following ideas to help boost a healthy immune system:

* Be regular with your mealtimes so that the body is prepared for periods when it will be nourished.
* Maintain a healthy body weight (ideally BMI between 20 -25) Being underweight or overweight places stress on your organs and body functions, thus adversely affecting the immune function.
* Have a good night’s sleep
* Exercise regularly – 3-5 times a week for 30 minutes is the recommended minimum

Yoga tips

* Savasana, the basic relaxation position, can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduce muscular tension, reduce fatigue, improve sleep, and enhance immune response.
* regular meditation e.g. simply sit in a quiet place for a short period each day
* do alternate nostril breathing to balance the mind and body and boost immunity

Many of the practices to support good health and immunity are intertwined. Lowering stress levels can help you to sleep more soundly and choose more nutrious foods. Sleeping more soundly can give you more energy to exercise. Ayurveda’s holistic approach can help you develop a lifestyle that is good for your body and your mind while supporting health and immunity.

Janet Gomez, nutritional consultant, produces the “Nutri-Jyoti News”, a free bi-monthly e-newsletter for busy professionals. Feel ready to learn how to use nutritional strategies to manage your energy levels? Then sign up for her FREE e-course “5 Nutritional Keys to Vitality in your Life” on the Nutri-Jyoti home page now.

Copyright © 2010 All rights reserved Janet Gomez

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She is my Inspiration

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on October 22, 2010

She’s my inspiration but she’ll never even know it- you see I’ve never personally met her, but watching her, knowing her drive and struggles she faces causes me to face those- then seeming insignificant challenges in my hard dealt life.

You see it’s not so hard any more when I look at all she faces, ya see it’s not such a bad hand I’ve been given when I see the cards that she’s layed down. It’s more about how you play your cards anyway and not just about what you’re dealt.

She’s my inspiration

I come home and kick off my heels and complain about how it seems like there should be less mess and how I’m tired of this ol’ dishwasher because it never gets my dishes clean.

She kicks her heels up on a park bench and pries her tattered shoes off her severely blistered heels until an officer tells her she can’t be here because this is private property. She gets back up and walks around hoping to find somewhere safe and warm to sleep tonight.

She is my inspiration

She is my inspiration because she finally got the courage to leave him. Even though he had withdrawn all her money and told her she wouldn’t make it on her own.

She is my inspiration because she doesn’t walk alone but with a set of size 12 little girls shoes that she makes sure get to the school every day and on time.

She is my inspiration because she won’t let anything stand in her way from showing her baby girl that her God will protect them and make a way out of no way for them.

She is my inspiration because she took a coupon from a stranger she met at the soup kitchen and found herself standing in front of Dress for Success.

She is my inspiration because she took that coupon from a stranger, that gave her a suit, that landed her a job, that gave her the income that enabled her to get her own home, that gave her a place to park her new car, that gave her and her baby girl hope to move on.

She is my inspiration!

She was homeless by choice. My inspiration by divination!

She is my inspiration!


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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