Women in Action

Tulane has a long tradition of civic engagement and serving those in need, providing students, faculty and staff, as well as local alumni with service opportunities that address social challenges in the New Orleans metropolitan area. It is with these altruistic values in mind that the Tulane University Women’s Association (TUWA) will launch a community-service initiative in partnership with Dress for Success New Orleans, a non-profit, volunteer driven organization that empowers women in their pursuit to gain employment and economic independence.

Dress for Success
Pictured from left to right: Lori Byargeon, Dress for Success Volunteer Coordinator; Matesa Gago-Luu, TUWA President; Dr. Meredith Feike, Chair of Women In Action and TUWA Board Member; Diane M. Riche, President of Dress for Success New Orleans; and Laura Crow, Executive Director of Dress for Success New Orleans

TUWA’s Women in Action Community Initiative will aid in the facilitation of Women 2 Women, a Dress for Success Mentorship Program designed to help women build a network of social support and the career development tools necessary to break the cycle of poverty.

The vision for Women In Action is to develop a mutually interactive engagement between a vulnerable population of local women and Tulane’s female affiliates that addresses both the needs and potential of women attempting to rebuild their lives and create a resilient future for themselves and their families.

Mentors may be female faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumnae. The wives of faculty, staff, and alumni are also welcome to participate. Mentors will share their insights, providing wisdom and practical guidance that enables mentees to establish and reach professional goals. Mentees are Dress for Success clients who have successfully gained employment and have been invited to join the organization’s Professional Women’s Group (PWG). The PWG is centered on five pillars:

  • Written/Unwritten Rules of the Workplace
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Financial Planning
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership & Civic Responsibility

The mentoring program aims to provide underserved women with the practical information and inspiration needed to achieve self-defined success in career and life. While the Professional Women’s Group meets once a month, mentors are not required to attend. Mentors meet with mentees periodically or communicate by phone on a regular basis. One on one meetings can happen at the Dress for Success boutique on Magazine Street or in any public place. The meetings can be at the discretion and convenience of mentors and the local women.

Learn more about Dress for Success New Orleans by visiting:

Dress for Success New Orleans

Threads: Dress for Success

To become a Tulane Woman in Action, please fill out the TUWA Women in Action Mentoring Form. Matches will be made in the coming weeks with a kickoff celebration for mentors and mentees during the Spring 2016 semester. For more information on the initiative, email the Chair of TUWA Women in Action, Dr. Meredith Feike at mfeike@tulane.edu. We look forward to sharing this impactful community service opportunity with you!