Ana Carola Traverso moved to New York City a few years ago and started the daunting task of finding a job. During that time, she often felt discouraged and doubted herself. After becoming involved with Dress for Success, Ana gained the confidence and tools she needed to succeed.
“Success means living and doing things with passion and feeling fulfilled. It means being happy.
Dress for Success helped me feel confident starting a new phase in my life. Not only did it provide me with garment essentials, it nurtured my soul, through its Dress for Success Professional Women’s Group (PWG). Meeting women, strengthening female relationships, and building leadership among us for the workforce, is a great contribution to society.
Dress for Success is a space I look forward to attending each month. Listening to other women, whom I’m growing with, hearing their stories and struggles, motivates me to face my own challenges and to strive. I think that there is a lot of power in us, women, power to transform our stories and our future. I feel that Dress for Success is a perfect example of a place where I can talk about my challenges as a female immigrant, where I can find ideas and the motivation to overcome my anxieties about work, about trying to succeed as a young female professional, and about my life.
Being photographed was a fun and unique experience. It brings out femininity and confidence too. My makeup and professional attire definitely made me feel more confident. Wearing nice clothes and looking your best boosts up your confidence automatically. It also makes me feel more empowered as a woman. In a way, it also makes you feel that you’re being recognized.
I think that looking for inspiration to succeed is important, but knowing that through you, others might also seek inspiration is just as important.” – Ana Carola Traverso