Dress for Success Central Virginia
210 E. Clay Street
Richmond VA 23219-0900
Mission Statement The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
CEO/Executive Director Shantell J Malachi PhD
Board Chair Madison Lader
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mat Depot, Inc.
Contact Information
Address 210 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 232190900
Telephone 804 234-3034
E-mail centralvirginia@dressforsuccess.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $158,000.00
Projected Expenses $146,900.00
Mission The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Since our founding in 2012 Dress for Success Central Virginia has provided professional attire and career development services to over 1200 women in and around the metro Richmond area. In 2016 we added two new programs to our continuum of services: Jumpstart GED Preparation and the Professional Women's Group. Our Jumpstart GED programs gives disadvantaged women in the area an opportunity to earn their GED and prepare for employment and/or post secondary education free of charge. The Professional Women's Group provides recently employed women a safe environment where members can learn how to network effectively and develop professional skills necessary to compete and excel in today’s competitive workforce.
In 2018 we look forward to implementing an Entrepreneurship curriculum designed to help disadvantaged women start and grow small businesses.  
Background Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.

Since 1997, Dress for Success and its affiliates has served more than 1,000,000 women around the world. Each year we reach more than 50,000 women in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland and the West Indies.
Founded in 2012 Dress for Success Central Virginia is an affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide and proudly serves metro Richmond and the surrounding areas. Since our launch we have served more than 1200 women in the metro area.
CEO Statement Did you know that the Richmond metropolitan area currently boasts a population of over 200,000 residents (with growth projected at 252,000 by 2030) with women accounting for more than 53% of the city’s population? Unfortunately, more than 9.4% of the city’s population is currently unemployed while 22% of its residents are living at or below the poverty line. Although the city of Richmond is home to 26% of jobs in the region, unstable economic conditions inevitably eliminate jobs, destroy self confidence, and leave women with little to no hope of re-entering and surviving the workforce.

Beyond providing clothing, Dress for Success Central Virginia provides our clients with a strong, resilient support system when and where it is most needed. Our objectives include ensuring that career development services are in place to help our clients both find and keep jobs. Dress for Success Central Virginia consistently promotes employment retention, career advancement, and skill building among our clients.

We hope that you will join us in our mission of moving our clients towards self sufficiency and personal revitalization.

Shantell J. Malachi, PhD
Founder & Executive Director
Dress for Success Central Virginia
Board Chair Statement

Dress for Success Central Virginia’s purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. As part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures our focus on addressing women’s needs is central to our mission of improving the quality of life for women seeking sustainable employment and livable wages.

Women making the transition from unemployment into the workforce face a myriad of challenges, from understanding corporate culture to handling personal finances, often with no support or guidance. More than 70% of the women served by Dress for Success Central Virginia are living below the poverty level prior to receiving our services. Poverty often affects women the most, and its effects on them and their families can be long-lasting. Studies have shown that depression and obesity adversely affect the health and quality of life of women in the United States, particularly welfare recipients transitioning to work. Therefore, addressing women’s needs is central to improving the quality of life for not only that woman but also her family, future generations and her community.

Madison Lader
Board President 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Amelia County
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Essex County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Charles City County
Louisa County
New Kent County
Board Chair
Board Chair Madison Lader
Company Affiliation Mat Depot, Inc.
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Email madisonlader@gmail.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Rosalyn James
Company Affiliation Communities In Schools
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Email rljames07@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Rosalyn James Communities In Schools
Madison Lader Mat Depot
Kerri Norment CPAPBMares
Amy Smith Isler Dare, P.C.
Wendy Stone Willis Towers Watson
Debrielle Williams Virginia Commonwealth University
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Shantell J Malachi PhD
Experience Shantell holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MBA with a Concentration in Human Resource Management from Strayer University, and a PhD in Organizational Management from Capella University. As a Human Resource Professional Shantell has hands on experience in setting and realizing goals and objectives, and managing the financial, programmatic, and administrative aspects of an organization.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 88
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description The cornerstone of the Dress for Success program is The Suiting Program. During the interview suiting our personal shoppers will suggest apparel, shoes, and accessories complementary to the job/industry in which the client is interviewing. After the interview suiting the client is given interview tips, has their resumes reviewed and, time permitting, undergoes mock interviews with our employment specialists. The client will leave the boutique with one interview-appropriate outfit, a seasonally-appropriate top, shoes, and jewelry and/or a bag, as available and appropriate.
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Budget $0.00
Description Our Career Centers take women’s job readiness “beyond the suit” to help raise their chances of success in a competitive job market. Our Career Centers promote confidence and professionalism by pairing our clients with staff members who work one-on-one with them. Staff members help create superior résumés and cover letters, provide career counseling, conduct mock interviews, and facilitate access to our professional skills training course
Population Served Females

Along with the success of landing a new job, newly employed women often encounter an unfamiliar set of employment obstacles. From understanding corporate culture to managing personal finances, career novices are often left to navigate the unwritten rules of the workplace with little or no support. The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) bolsters the careers of successfully employed Dress for Success women by providing them with a network of support, practical information, and inspiration to remain employed so they can truly thrive.

Population Served Females

Through participation in our Jumpstart program, local women will improve their basic literacy skills, prepare to take the GED Exam, and explore opportunities for employment as well as post-secondary training and education at no cost to the student. Participants attend 12 weeks of classroom and online coursework with one-on-one guidance from a well-trained instructor.

Budget $25,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments

Our programs transition women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community.  Each woman is a success story: she has gone from unemployment to economic independence.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $158,000.00
Projected Expenses $146,900.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$23,936$21,989$15,036
Administration Expense$1,891$4,867$2,719
Fundraising Expense$1,447$1,570$1,799
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.011.53
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%77%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%6%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$19,663$15,116$14,689
Current Assets$19,663$15,116$14,689
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$19,663$15,116$14,689
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2015View
Foundation Comments
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