Career Closet

Please read article in full at this link to learn more about Career Closet Founder, Dianne Jester, who was awarded the "16 of 2016" by Saline County Lifestyles magazine for her efforts in WIN of Central Arkansas and the Career Closet. (Image Used with Permission: Saline County Lifestyle magazine.)

Women in Networking (WIN) has formed an innovative partnership with Goodwill Industries of Arkansas to open a unique boutique entitled WIN Dress Up, a Career Closet program. The WIN Dress Up boutique will provide business attire and support services through Goodwill’s Career Services Center programs to women seeking employment.

WIN Dress Up boutique will be held its Grand Opening at the Goodwill in Bryant location at 5914 Highway 5 North on November 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. The public was invited to attend.

Director of WIN/Saline and Garland Counties, Dianne Jester, says, ”We are thrilled to be partnered with Goodwill and look forward to a long relationship of assisting women within our communities.”

By making a significant investment in the lives of women, the partnership between WIN and Goodwill, seeks to turn the tide of economic challenges facing women today. Since its conception, WIN has been a pioneering force inspiring women from all walks of life through career and networking focused meetings and events. WIN meets monthly, inviting women to attend and share their professional goals, overcoming obstacles, and triumphing one another’s successes.

Goodwill’s President and CEO, Brian Itzkowitz, said, “Our mission is to help build lives, families and communities by assisting people to reach their highest potential through training, education and employment services. This partnership and the new WIN Dress Up boutique will help women move forward in their careers, help their families succeed, and ultimately improve the communities of Saline County.”

For the past 85 years, Goodwill has provided a hand up, not a hand out through career training, education and job-readiness training, education, and career services. Last year, Goodwill assisted 6,500 Arkansans and placed over 1,100 people into community jobs.

Founder of WIN and Director of Pulaski County, Holly Fish, says, “ WIN is proud to be able to give back to our community in this way and empower women to become financially independent.”

Members, guests, sponsors, and affiliates of WIN are currently donating new or gently used stylish and professional attire, services, and products for the inventory, design, and upkeep of WIN Dress Up boutiques. The public is invited to participate by donating clothing, accessories, services, decor, or funds by contacting Director of WIN and Coordinator of WIN Dress Up boutiques, Dianne Jester, at Donations are always accepted at Goodwill locations statewide.

Any woman in need of a helping hand seeking employment is welcome to visit the Goodwill in Bryant Career Center where they can receive on-site job-readiness training, education, and career services. Upon completion of Goodwill’s Computer Basics Literacy program, women will receive a certificate. The certificate grants her the opportunity to shop in the WIN Dress Up boutique and take home one head-to-toe professional ensemble for the purpose of serving her well through her interviewing process to find a job. Once women acquire employment they may return for one additional professional look at no charge.

Listen to radio interview here hosted by Tom Wood who works for iHeart Media on Big 94.9FM and Holly Fish of EGP Accounting is Founder of WIN of Central Arkansas & Director of the the Pulaski County chapter of WIN; Dianne Jester of Bank of the Ozarks in Hot Springs Village is Director of the Garland County and Saline County chapters of WIN and the Career Closet hosted at Goodwill in Bryant; Shelli Poole is Founder of and member of the Saline County Chapter of WIN. (Image Used with Permission: