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‘I felt so loved and special, they cared about me and my success’: Colleen Keiser’s Story

2020-07-31T08:39:42-05:00

Colleen (left) practicing mock interviews. “I felt so loved and special, they cared about me and my success” Feeling beaten down emotionally and mentally, Colleen Keiser was looking to boost her self-confidence and to sharpen her professional skills for an upcoming job interview. “I wanted to gain my self-confidence back and understand what I wanted to do with the rest of my working life,” Keiser said. In 2019, Keiser joined Women to the Workforce, an EmBe program designed to help prepare participants to obtain employment or advancement in their current jobs. “I felt like each session was specifically [...]

‘I felt so loved and special, they cared about me and my success’: Colleen Keiser’s Story2020-07-31T08:39:42-05:00

‘The love and support is neverending’: A Dress for Success Sioux Falls Story

2020-07-31T08:38:58-05:00

When Amber Metzger came to Dress for Success Sioux Falls, her self-esteem was at an all-time low. “I was used to having everything put together and being good at moving towards success, but life got the better of me and destroyed my spirit,” Metzger said. Dress for Success Sioux Falls staff scheduled an employment suiting for Metzger and prepared her for a job interview. Metzger successfully landed the job. After securing employment, Metzger joined the Tapestry, a networking program for employed women to build skills and gain support throughout a year of employment. Metzger developed close relationships with the women [...]

‘The love and support is neverending’: A Dress for Success Sioux Falls Story2020-07-31T08:38:58-05:00

From YWCA to EmBe, Carol Spader’s Story

2020-07-31T08:41:12-05:00

Carol Spaders's connection to EmBe began in childhood, when she was attending swimming lessons every Saturday at the YWCA (now EmBe). "Finances were tight,” Carol said, recalling her father’s diagnosis with a neurological disorder and ultimately, his death in her teenage years. “I think my mother looked for free or inexpensive experiences in the community. Hoping that she might instill a vision in her girls to go further than she could." Carol continued. Early in Carol’s career in community development, she was invited to serve on the YWCA Board. During her time on the board, Carol learned the importance of [...]

From YWCA to EmBe, Carol Spader’s Story2020-07-31T08:41:12-05:00

Paying Empowerment Forward

2020-07-06T13:59:30-05:00

Kaaren Randel is passionate about paying empowerment forward. Decades ago, after a divorce and facing homelessness, Kaaren found encouragement with an organization who provided her with the tools she needed to find success. “They helped me put together a resume, coached me on interviewing, provided me with professional clothing for interviewing, and gave me the support and encouragement I needed to get my family's life together,” she recalled. “Having other women in the same situation helped me realize that I was not alone and there was light at the end of the struggle.” Kaaren says that has motivated her to [...]

Paying Empowerment Forward2020-07-06T13:59:30-05:00

Setting Women Up for Success: Jeannie Blackman

2020-06-11T14:05:37-05:00

Setting Women Up for Success: Jeannie Blackman Jeannie Blackman had been attending EmBe’s In Her Shoes Breakfast for several years. Fueled by the powerful conversations around her, Blackman felt compelled to get involved.  “I was inspired after going to the In Her Shoes Breakfast to give them a call and sign up to do career coaching,” Blackman said. Blackman, a longtime supporter of EmBe’s programs, had previously served as a coach for Girls on the Run. After a new opening in her schedule, she found her next volunteer opportunity through Dress for Success Sioux Falls. Blackman has now been career [...]

Setting Women Up for Success: Jeannie Blackman2020-06-11T14:05:37-05:00

Donating to Make a Difference: Christina Oey

2020-06-04T11:44:33-05:00

When the coronavirus uprooted the life of a Dress for Success client, Christina Oey stepped in to help through a generous donation. “It takes one person to make a difference,” Oey said. “I know this firsthand, as I have benefited greatly from nonprofits throughout my childhood and youth.” Oey donated scrubs for the client, who had been transitioned into a new job with little notice. “Finding professional clothes is challenging, especially when you're in a tough spot,” Oey said. “It feels good knowing you're helping someone at an important stage in their lives.”  Oey, who serves as the director of [...]

Donating to Make a Difference: Christina Oey2020-06-04T11:44:33-05:00

Honoring Erin Bosch

2020-04-22T14:34:18-05:00

Blazing a Trail at EmBe Since 2011 Since 2011, Erin Bosch has been a catalyst for positive change at EmBe. As Executive Director of Women’s Programs, she has led programming that has impacted the lives of hundreds of women in the region, advancing Women’s Leadership Program and Dress for Success Sioux Falls, just to name a few. Today marks the final day of Erin’s tenure at EmBe. Next week she begins a new chapter as a Senior [...]

Honoring Erin Bosch2020-04-22T14:34:18-05:00

Making a positive impact with Angela Schoffelman

2020-02-04T09:58:34-06:00

Avera’s commitment to making a positive impact shows in its partnership with EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls. As one of South Dakota’s largest employers, Avera invites Dress for Success Sioux Falls clients to job shadow and encourages them to ask questions and even apply for open positions. “Avera couldn’t do the work that it does without community organizations like EmBe’s Dress for Success Sioux Falls and the wonderful services they provide,” Angela Schoffelman, Avera Practice Management Support Partner says, The In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast is an energizing event benefiting EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls. EmBe is proud [...]

Making a positive impact with Angela Schoffelman2020-02-04T09:58:34-06:00

In Her Shoes Client Spotlight: Regina Stough

2020-01-16T15:48:58-06:00

What do you know about EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls? “EmBe Dress for Success is more than clothes,” program alumna Regina Stough gleefully shared. “EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls helps women of all ages, all walks of life. The programs are set up to help you succeed,” Regina said. When Regina came to EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls, she was in her second year of an associate’s degree program and would soon be seeking full-time employment. A friend who mentors guided Regina to the Women to the Workforce program, and after becoming employed Regina joined Tapestry, a [...]

In Her Shoes Client Spotlight: Regina Stough2020-01-16T15:48:58-06:00

Tribute to Women Nomination FAQ’s

2020-01-10T17:01:23-06:00

Tribute to Women Nomination FAQ's Who can submit a Tribute nomination? Any individual, corporation, agency, civic organization, school, place of worship should lift up a deserving woman. In addition, the Embeliever award is is open to ANY individual or organization that fits Tribute criteria. EmBe staff and their families may not submit a nomination. Can multiple people nominate someone? Yes. We suggest you work together to submit a single nomination form rather than submit multiple nomination forms. If EmBe receives multiple nominations for the same individual, we will reach out and facilitate consolidation. Can I nominate someone outside of Sioux [...]

Tribute to Women Nomination FAQ’s2020-01-10T17:01:23-06:00

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