Financial Well-Being

Getting People Dressed for Success

I always knew that I needed to better manage my finances but I never wanted to face my financial reality. But I had to try. Through the Dress for Success financial education program, I learned that I need to take control of my bills and see where I can save money. I learned the importance of financial independence. I need to take charge of my own finances. So, I applied for my own credit card that I can manage. I feel empowered, plus the teachers made me feel comfortable and not ashamed of my bad financial past. They taught me to believe in myself! — Paula, Dress for Success Financial Literacy participant

Dress for Success is a national organization created 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.”

Through Capital One’s support, we invest in the lives of individuals seeking additional support to increase their personal and professional growth and success. In 2017 alone, our support has impacted the lives of more than 2,500 underemployed and unemployed women.

Our Denver, Glendale, and San Francisco Cafés have served as pilot host sites and formal sponsors of the Dress for Success’s Financial Education Program. During the 13-week series, more than 45 women received valuable financial literacy training from budgeting to credit management to their emotional relationship with money. Café Ambassadors served as session facilitators, to inspire confidence, courage and belief in all participants. Eighty percent of the women participating as part of the Denver cohort opened a savings account for the first time after having completed the program.

The Dress for Success program was exactly the experience I was looking for to help me advance my financial literacy skills. The program also provided many opportunities to bond with the other women in the program who shared similar goals, dreams and aspirations. — Jessica, 2017 DFS Los Angeles Program Graduate