Friday, September 14, 2012

Speaker Announced for 7th Annual Dress for Success Charlotte Event

Dress for Success Charlotte Executive Director Kerry Barr O'Connor announces that Lou Solomon will offer the keynote address at the upcoming Look at Her Power event sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Solomon, CEO of Interact, author, and expert in authentic communication will share stories and insights about women finding their voices. "It is an honor to address this group," Solomon says. "Dress for Success Charlotte not only allows women to stand tall; it encourages them to embrace their authenticity and offers guidance and support in finding their own vision of success."

Dress for Success Charlotte hosts Look at Her Power on September 20, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Park Expo & Conference Center, (formerly the Merchandise Mart, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.)

Look at Her Power guests enjoy an evening of fun, delicious refreshments and the "Faces of Dress for Success" Fashion Show presented by Belk, Inc. They are also privy to a unique experience: a Private Preview and Opening Night Celebration of the 30th Annual Southern Women's Show, thanks to Southern Shows, Host Sponsor and long-time supporter.

Maureen O'Boyle from WBTV will return as emcee. This year's honorary chairs are Peggy & Danny Morrison, President of the Carolina Panthers and Jane Thomas and Marguerite Rupar are the Event Co-Chairs. The 2012 Paradigm Award, sponsored by L'Oreal Paris will be presented to Debby Alphin, a long-time supporter of Dress for Success Charlotte.

Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Now in its seventh year, Look at Her Power has raised more than $600,000 to support these programs.

Sponsors of Look at Her Power are: Wells Fargo, Southern Shows, Belk, Inc. -, L'Oreal Paris, US Airways, Debby & Steele Alphin, Bank of America, Bank of the Ozarks, Boingo Graphics -King & Spalding, Polymer Group, NFocus Magazine, the Park Expo & Conference Center, Red Rover Communications, Certus Bank - The Charlotte Observer - Gilbert E. Galle, Sarah Belk Gambrell, La-tea-das, McGuire Woods LLP, Piedmont Natural Gas, Don & Susan Sherrill, Today's Charlotte Woman - Ty & Pat Boyd, Brownlee Jewelers, Cato Corporation, Charlotte Bobcats, Doncaster Charlotte/Marguerite Rupar, Generation 3 Development, LLC, Lavoie CPA PLLC, Jenny and John Longshore, Danny & Peggy Morrison - Paul Simon for Women, Debby & Sandy Peretsman, - United Technology Aerospace Systems, Women with Know How, Mary Lou Babb - - Dinwiddie/Hargadon Family, Elliott Davis, PLLC, Flowers of Charlotte, Laura Babb Grace, Cammie Hauptfuhrer - Lee Hecht Harrison, Concetta & Rod Higgins - Susan McDonough, JacelynPrichard - Solutions FYS, Inc., Nancy Tarbis and Jane & Chris Thomas. Food and Beverages provided by Brown-Forman Beverages,Excelesior - and La-tea-das.

About Dress for Success Charlotte:
Dress for Success Charlotte provides women with interview-appropriate attire, a support network and the tools for their economic self-sufficiency and to help break the cycle of poverty. Demand for Dress for Success Charlotte's services continues to increase. In 2011, Dress for Success Charlotte provided services to more than 1,000 women, up from 275 just five years ago. Besides interview-appropriate attire, clients benefit from programs and services at the organization's Boutique and Career Transformation Center, which offers a Professional Women's Group, one-on-one coaching, mentoring, free internet access and interactive group workshops.