Yolanda Gomez and Katie McAda elected to Y.E.S! board

Co-founding members Jen Diederich and Noelle Casagrande are pleased to announce Yolanda Gomez and Katie McAda have been elected to serve as president and vice president, respectively, of Y.E.S! Y.E.S! provides its members with volunteering, fundraising and networking opportunities to champion the mission of Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of women.

Gomez is a senior event attendance specialist at Gartner. Previously, she had completed the Retail Management Program through Nordstrom, and worked as a European product marketing coordinator for Forester Research in London. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas A&M and an MBA in international business.

“Dress for Success is such an amazing organization that helps women by supporting them in their journey toward economic independence,” Gomez said. “Our networking group allows local professionals the opportunity to expand their professional network while positively impacting the community.”

McAda is a TIBCO BusinessWorks developer in the IT Department at Chico’s FAS. She graduated from New Mexico State University three years ago and relocated to Fort Myers to serve as an intern in the Executive Management Training program at Chico’s.

McAda said, “Since moving to Fort Myers, I had been searching for a great organization to volunteer with and I am glad to have found Y.E.S! and Dress for Success SW Florida. I believe it is so important for women to have somewhere to go that helps them find themselves, and develop their strengths and skills in order to find meaningful and fulfilling employment opportunities.”

Y.E.S! is a volunteer branch of Dress for Success SW Florida comprised of professionals who believe in making a difference in the lives of women in SW Florida. To get involved, contact Yolanda Gomez at yngomez@gmail.com or Katie McAda at katiemcada@gmail.com. For more information, please contact Jen Diederich at Jen@dfsswflorida.org or visit www.DressForSuccess.org/swflorida.

About Dress for Success:
The mission of Dress For Success is to promote 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. The vision for the Southwest Florida affiliate is to provide an opportunity for socially and economically disadvantaged women in Lee and Collier counties to improve themselves, receive support in career development and feel more confident and empowered. There are 114 Dress For Success locations in seven countries focused on providing career wardrobes and employment counseling to disadvantaged women. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has helped more than 500,000 women work toward self-sufficiency. Dress for Success SW Florida’s office and boutique are located at 12995 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 153, in the Pinebrook Plaza next to Bell Tower in Fort Myers.

About Y.E.S!
Founded in 2005, Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!) is a volunteer branch of Dress for Success that provides its members with volunteer, fundraising and networking opportunities to champion the mission of Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. Y.E.S! was launched in New York City and has grown to multiple cities in the United States and around the world! Members make an annual tax-deductible donation and have the opportunity to participate in events and activities that raise awareness and funds for Dress for Success. There is also the opportunity to increase involvement by becoming a part of the executive committee or a sub-committee (e.g. membership, volunteerism, marketing/communications) Y.E.S! is not only a great way to support the important efforts of Dress for Success, but to also meet and network with a tremendous group of individuals who are interested in making a difference. For membership questions, please contact Jen Diederich at Jen@dfsswflorida.org. For more information about Y.E.S!, visit www.DressForSuccess.org/swflorida.

This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.