There was a moving, motivational opening speech by Sarah White (@imsosarah on twitter) and then the attendees went to different workshops with valuable information about resumes and interviewing. There were booths they could visit with resources for them to use and potential professional opportunities.
At lunch time I put on a fashion show that educated the attendees on dressing for different aspects of professional life including interviewing. The majority of fashions were donated by Hope Center of Waukesha, coordinated by Griselle Cruz.
There were 20 looks in 3 categories of interviewing, on the job and casual Friday. The looks in casual Friday were still professional, yet comfortable; no typical jeans were shown.
The best thing about this fashion show was that all of the clothes were raffled off to the attendees after the show so they went home with a free new outfit, garment or accessory to further their professional journey.
A huge thanks to Karen Brienzo, the president of the Women’s Concil who put in countless hours to make the workshop happen, along with the committee and all of the volunteers who gave their time and expertise.
An enormous thanks to Beth Thompson and her hair and makeup professionals from The Academy Waukesha/Paul Mitchell. They did an awesome job with the models’ hairstyles and makeup.
An extra special thanks to the models who did an outstanding job showing off the fashions. Below are pictures of the fashions modeled and given away. I included a picture of Patricia that’s totally out of focus, but if you look at the audience’s faces, you can see that they’re loving it because Patricia is working it so hard.