Dress for Success Dublin was founded in 2011 by stylist, designer and tech entrepreneur, Sonya Lennon. Our mission is to promote the economic independence of women by providing career development tools and a support network.
We are an affiliate of a global organisation, Dress for Success Worldwide, an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women in 145 cities across 23 countries.
We provide free career development tools such as:
- Professional clothing and styling advance in advance of your job interview;
- Interview preparation sessions with experienced HR professionals;
- Sector-specific educational workshops; and
- Mentoring programmes.
Along with our services, we offer clients the opportunity to join a network providing peer support and ongoing career development opportunities.
Since we were established, we have supported over 1,500 women with the clothes, skills and development opportunities they needed to secure employment and achieve success.
Over 57% of those women are now working, and over 75% are where they want to be, whether in employment or in further education and training.
Specialisterne is an innovative social business concept originally founded in Denmark in 2004 and has since expanded to operate in 12 countries. Specialisterne is internationally recognized as the first and foremost example of how people on the autism spectrum can be included and realise their potential in meaningful and productive jobs.
Specialisterne Ireland was set up in 2013 to support people on the autism spectrum to gain and maintain employment in an Irish context. Specialisterne Ireland has developed hiring and management practices that facilitate the employment of our candidates by removing the barriers to once inaccessible industries and careers. Since our establishment in 2013, Specialisterne Ireland have successfully partnered with more than 30 companies. We, along with Specialisterne organisations worldwide are working to prove the business value in hiring people who think and communicate differently and to build capacity for diversity in the labour market.