Joi Gordon joined Dress for Success as the executive director of the New York program in 1999 and in 2002 took over leadership of Dress for Success Worldwide. One of Joi’s primary goals is to ensure that Dress for Success becomes recognized as an acknowledged leader in promoting the economic and social development of disadvantaged women while expanding the organization’s reach so that more and more women across the globe will have access to the resources and tools they need to succeed in the workplace.
One of Joi’s proudest accomplishments is to have succeeded in building a passionate, dedicated and talented staff who will make these objectives a reality. Assembling such a capable group has enabled Dress for Success to improve the services that it offers to its clients, who now number more than 65,000 worldwide each year. In addition, the staff has expanded and strengthened the organization’s affiliate network and increased the support that is offered to its members.
“I am incredibly fortunate to have a job that combines my commitment to public service with my passion for women’s issues,” says Joi.
As the CEO of Worldwide, Joi spearheaded a rebranding of Dress for Success, complete with a new mission statement, tagline and logo. Under her leadership the organization has increased its focus to include employment retention in addition to suiting. Dress for Success now supports women as they find and retain employment and helps them turn their jobs into rewarding careers. Our suiting program has grown tremendously while the organization has launched new initiatives to assist our clients in their efforts to grow professionally.