Women in the Workforce: Smart & Sexy Day


Started in Philly 20 years ago, Career Wardrobe is now a national organization that helps women in transition make the leap to work by providing professional attire and career training. On March 26, as part of its Women's History Month programming, it sponsors a Smart & Sexy Day to suit unemployed women up for the job force. MomSpeaker Raya Fagg previews this crucial event below.

I wish I was aware of the Career Wardrobe when I was returning to work. Switching careers as well as being “out of the game” for two years led to multiple interviews and multiple nos. Being told no so often I wore the rejection like another layer of clothing. My aunt had recently cleaned her closet and gave me a suit. It was my power suit. I don’t know if it got me the job I cherish to this day, but I know I felt like a million bucks wearing that suit!

That’s the goal of “Smart & Sexy” Day at Career Wardrobe. By providing women with the tools needed to re-enter the workplace, women in all stages of the search will be empowered when seeking employment.

Philadelphia, PA – For 20 years, Career Wardrobe has been known for helping women make that all-important first impression for their job interviews. On Thursday, March 26, Career Wardrobe and The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) will host Smart & Sexy Day at The Wardrobe Boutique (1822 Spring Garden St.) in honor of Women’s History Month.

Smart & Sexy Day will provide professional image training, inspirational workshops, and personal support to local unemployed women enabling them to take action to secure employment. The all-day event will include motivational talks given by successful area women, information on how to dress for your body type, free bras courtesy of Ariela and Associates International’s Smart & Sexy brand as well as a free business outfit from Career Wardrobe.

This event was launched in 2012 by The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN), a national organization of independent, community-based member organizations who provide professional attire and career skills training to low income women, and sponsored by Ariela & Associates International, one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the country. Career Wardrobe and eight other ACDN member organizations are kicking off events in March throughout the country aimed at helping women prepare for employment.

The workplace has become more competitive than ever. For low-income and disadvantaged women, confidence to compete for jobs is built on a foundation of knowledge, skill building, improved personal and professional image, and individual support.

Women interested in participating in the free Smart & Sexy Day, can apply online. Space is limited.

Raya Fagg is a mom of two from Upper Darby, PA. This post is adapted from her blog, And Starring As Herself…MRSRFKJ.


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