Jackets for Jobs gives donated clothes to help others dress for success
Alison Vaughn will be speaking at the Black Diamonds 2018 Conference October 12, 2018
Cuyahoga Community College
A two-day conference for African-American Women and girls, providing information , education and support related to:
- Mental, emotional and physical well-being
- Education and occupational opportunities
- Financial Empowerment
JFJ Awarded METROPOLITAN DETROIT'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR
Radio One, Women’s Empowerment 2018 was a BIG Success!
Alison Vaughn was on panel in a standing room only with phenomenal women discussing “Be Your Own Cash App”.
Special guest Jennifer Lewis kept it “REAL”,and talked about her book,The Black Mother of Hollywood “, the Keynote speaker, Angela Bassett was awesome and gave many words of wisdom.
Alison Vaughn will be a guest panelist at Radio ONE MONEY MATTERS FOR EMPOWERED WOMEN – August 25, 2018
I will be sharing my expertise at the National Association of Black Journalists conference (NABJ). 3,000 journalists & newsmakers will attend this major conference in Detroit. Major media personalities such as Tyler Perry, Fredricka Whitfield, Ga. gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, ShaunKing, Michael Eric Dyson, Roland Martin. Soledad O”Brien,Shaun Robinson and many more will be in attendance. I will be doing a workshop: WHAT TO WEAR WHEN EVERYONE’S WATCHING.
On Sunday, June 24th, Black Young Professionals, in partnership with Women of Distinction, hosted Brunch & Blazers, a ladies only event where attendees discussed what it means to be a woman in the workplace. The event was held at Red Dunn Kitchen, which is attached to the Trumbull-Porter hotel, just outside of Corktown in Detroit. We are always excited to reach different audiences by collaborating with other organizations, and Women of Distinction was the perfect partner for this event — brunch and conversation are their bread and butter! Women of Distinction hosts a brunch every month; aiming to provide a positive and empowering space for women to share their goals and learn from others.
The ladies did not disappoint, everyone looked great in their blazers — in hue, after each gorgeous hue! The overarching theme was equity for women in the workplace, while the underlying theme was solidarity. Each attendee was given a green asymmetrical ribbon to wear on their lapels. The asymmetry of the ribbon symbolizes the pay disparities between women and men. According to this Huffington Post article, white women are paid about 20 percent less than men. Sadly, women of color fare worst by a considerable amount. Black women are paid 40 percent less than men, while our Latina sisters are paid 45 percent less. During brunch, we broke out into groups for discussion. Breaking into smaller groups allowed everyone the opportunity to dig deeper and participate.
After the breakout group discussions, we were delighted to have founder of Jackets for Jobs, Ms. Alison Vaughn join us. We all have had or will have moments that will define us. Ms. Vaughn’s moment came when she learned her sister had cancer. The cancer proved to be terminal; her sister succumbed to her illness just six months after announcing to Ms. Vaughn that she was living with the disease. As Ms. Vaughn was dealing with the heartbreak of losing her sister as well as still repairing the wound left by losing her father who passed not too long before her sister, she worked tirelessly to get her sister’s affairs in order and plan her funeral. While making arrangements, she discovered that her sister was a recipient of public assistance. Learning this made her think about the quality of life her sister endured and what opportunities may or may not have been available to her. Ms. Vaughn turned tragedy and adversity into purpose. Her story was a call to action to help other women in similar circumstances.
Jackets for Jobs assists women and men in need of clothing for interviews. Every $50.00 Jackets for Jobs receives in donations, means one suit and a second chance for either a woman or man. Our event registration fee was a donation to Jackets for Jobs, which also has amazing volunteer opportunities. You can interact with jobseekers by helping them pick out clothing and giving them words of encouragement for their interviews.
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