Dress for Success Pittsburgh

This month Dress for Success Pittsburgh is turning the big 1-0! Single Steps Strategies is proud to be their longtime community partner and sponsor of Women Rock: Ten Years of Empowering Women. We asked Tanya Mallory, DFS Director of Programs and Operations, to tell us more about how DFS is making a difference in the lives of women in Western PA.

Most people know DFS is a national organization; what kind of impact has the Pittsburgh affiliate made locally?

Dress for Success Pittsburgh is a proud leader in the field of women’s empowerment. Through our work, we help women gain the confidence and tools they need to become employed and thrive in life. At the heart of our work is the belief that everyone deserves a chance to build their lives up through an honest livelihood. We have helped over 17,000 women gain the confidence they need to step out into the world and not just find jobs, but build careers that will sustain them and their families. Our goal is to lend a hand to 2,500 more women every year who are ready to escape poverty.

What is on the horizon for DFS Pittsburgh?

We look forward to expanding our boutique space and our career development workshops in all three locations to serve even more women.

Can you share a tip for women who are transitioning into jobs right now?

Take advantage of every opportunity for professional networking–you never know what doors can be opened just by meeting someone new.

What does the DFS team love about Pittsburgh?

The people! Pittsburghers are the friendliest individuals I’ve ever met. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful donor and volunteer base.

Dress for Success Pittsburgh provides a continuum of services to help women in Western PA transition to jobs, advance, and support themselves and their families. Learn more about their services and volunteer opportunities at