Dress for Success Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women achieve economic independence today announces the addition of 3 dynamic business women to its Board of Directors:
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Founder & Chief Merchandising Officer of Gilt Groupe
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson has over twelve years of international experience in luxury goods and retail. She is Founder and Chief Merchandising Officer of Gilt Groupe, an innovative online shopping destination that launched in November 2007 and has revolutionized the fashion industry and ecommerce in general. Gilt Groupe has grown to become a $500 million business. It offers its 5 million members the most coveted brands, including fashion for women, men and children, home décor, hotels and travel experiences on every continent, and unique activities in a growing list of cities and destinations.
"I first got involved in Dress for Success in 2000 because it has the power to fundamentally change the future of women in cities around the world. I am thrilled and honored to now serve on this amazing organization's Worldwide Board." -Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Rose Stuckey Kirk, President of the Verizon Foundation
Rose Stuckey Kirk is president of the Verizon Foundation with accountability for leading the company’s philanthropic strategy by leveraging Verizon’s technology, financial resources, employees and partnerships to improve social issues. The Foundation specifically focuses its efforts on technology in education, domestic violence prevention and employee volunteerism. Rose brings more than 25 years of telecommunications experience to this position, having served in senior leadership roles in public affairs, sales operations, employee communications, sales and customer service, marketing, product development, strategy, advertising, and executive speechwriting. Working Mothers Magazine recognized Rose as one of the Top 20 Working Mothers in America. Recently, Rose was honored by the National Urban League as one of 2011’s Women of Power.
“Dress for Success has changed the lives of countless women in the 15 years it has been in existence. I am excited and deeply honored to serve on this Board, and look forward to the opportunity to fulfill the mission of Dress for Success Worldwide.” - Rose Stuckey Kirk
Vivian Behrens, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer of dressbarn and maurices
With over 30 years in both the cosmetic and specialty store retail business, Vivian began her career at Estee Lauder where she spent 10 years as Vice President of Corporate Product Development for the Estee Lauder Companies and 5 years as Vice President Marketing for the Estee Lauder brand. It is with Estee Lauder that she learned the fundamentals and imperative disciplines of branding which contribute to her continued success. Following Lauder, Vivian spearheaded the marketing and branding initiatives at various specialty stores, most notably Lane Bryant, then, a division of The Limited, Inc. Expanding her experience within the cosmetic industry, she spent time at Avon Products, Inc. as Group Vice President of Marketing for the U.S. and then boom! Creative Development. Vivian served on the Board of Directors for dressbarn prior to joining them nine years ago as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer charged with defining and communicating the personality and voice of the dressbarn brand.
“Over the last nine years, both internally, as well as through our dressbarn customers, we have built a strong and meaningful partnership with Dress for Success—helping to support their clients as they take their first steps towards self-sufficiency. I am excited and honored to join the Board of Directors and take our relationship to the next level, inspiring women to truly live up to their mantra: Going Places. Going Strong.” - Vivian Behrens
Other members of the Dress for Success Worldwide Board of Directors include:
Clarice Kennedy Senior Director, Resources Global Professional; Doug Checkeris; Robbin Mitchell, COO, Club Monaco; Donna Griffin, Managing Director, N.A. Consumer Banking Human Resources, Citigroup; Frank Aquila, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Dorria Ball, Vice President Human Resources, Kraft Foods Latin America; Bobbi Brown, Founder and CEO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; Maureen Case, President Specialty Brands Bobbi Brown Cosmetics/La Mer/Jo Malone, Estee Lauder; Debra Kelly- Ennis, President and CEO, Diageo Canada Inc.; Alex Garfield, President, Peace of Cloth; Eileen Brumback, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GE Real Estate; Carla Hendra, Global Chairman, OgilvyRED, Ogilvy Mather Worldwide; Lillian Hernandez, Executive Director, Dress for Success Hudson County; Mary Fox, Senior Vice President of Global Apparel Sourcing, Walmart; Suzanne Lovell, Principal, Suzanne Lovell, Inc.; Elena Kiam, Senior Vice President, lia sophia, Niki Leondakis, President & COO, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants; Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale, VP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Campbell Soup Company; Dottie Mattison, Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners; Pat Nathan, Founder, Dress for Success Triangle NC; Salaam Coleman Smith, President, Style Network.
About Dress for Success
Dress for Success (dressforsuccess.org) is an international not-for-profit organization that 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. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 110 cities in 12 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 600,000 women work towards self sufficiency.