17 September 2015
GCU New York
GCU New York and Dress for Success® Worldwide have announced a partnership to curate a series of events covering topics from career advancement and job mobility to dentifying skills competencies and workforce opportunities in the retail industry.
The first event will be held on Thursday, September 24.
Dress for Success developed the Going Places Network (GPN) Retail Education Advancing Leadership Program (GPN: REAL), which focuses on economic mobility for low-income and entry-level workers in the retail and adjacent sectors.
The primary goal of GPN: REAL is to increase and improve the economic status of low-income women by positioning them for career mobility through training and providing pathways to advancement specific to the retail industry. The Walmart Foundation has provided ongoing funding to GPN since its inception in 2011, most recently awarding over $2.5 million to the programme.
As part of the GPN 2015-2016 initiatives, GCU New York and Dress for Success will host seven panel discussions open to the public, on:
Each event will focus on innovative workforce development practices, with subject-matter experts discussing trends within these practices.
Cara Smyth, Vice-President of GCU New York, said: “As the University for the Common Good, we empower our students and staff with the knowledge and skills to confront global challenges. The University recently launched the first ever Fair Fashion Center to prove the business case for sustainability as we, like Dress for Success, believe the apparel industry can be a powerful force for good.
“The partnership with Dress for Success and GPN sheds light on important concerns involving human capital and women in the workplace. We are pleased to provide a forum for this series and utilise our network to support the women in the Dress for Success community by offering additional resources to help them thrive.”
Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide, said: “Through this partnership with GCU New York, we are able to extend our retail and apparel industry network to better support the Dress for Success community, providing career pathways as well as the tools and resources to become upwardly mobile in alignment with employment trends and client needs.”
Since 2011, GPN has served more than 11,000 women. One hundred per cent of participants created an action plan to map out their professional futures and 53 per cent secured employment upon completion of the programme in 2014. Job placement of GPN graduates significantly increased to more than 70 per cent 90 days after completing the programme.