Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits Celebrates Natl Women's History Month with Smart & Sexy

By honoring and empowering women seeking employment in a national event presented by Smart & Sexy intimates brand, this National Holiday celebrates women working toward self-sufficiency.
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D.C., Wash. - March 8, 2018 - PRLog -- In honor of Women's History Month, the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN), and ACDN member organizations are kicking off events in March throughout the U.S. aimed at helping women prepare as much as possible for employment. Smart & Sexy Day events will inspire women – boosting their self-confidence so that they feel assured, confident and, most of all, employable. The annual holiday was launched in 2012 by Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (formerly known as The Women's Alliance)  - a national organization of independent, community-based member organizations who provide professional attire and career skills training to low income women and men - and sponsored by Smart & Sexy, one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the country.

"Our member agencies help level the playing field for their clients, who lack the resources—either by not having the clothes in their closet nor the money to purchase interview attire themselves—to present themselves competitively at an interview, says Connie Golds, Board President of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits. "ACDN member organizations serve over 25,000 women and men each and every year, day in and day out assuring low-income people seeking self-sufficiency have an equal chance! Smart & Sexy Day events show women that they can be capable, feminine and hireable."

As part of the celebration, the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofit (ACDN) member organizations will provide a day of workforce training, professional image classes and individual support for women with the goal of enabling them to take action, secure employment and enhance the quality of their lives. The goal of the holiday is to help women feel good about who they are, because feeling good is looking good. Women who attend Smart & Sexy Day at a participating ACDN location will receive Smart & Sexy foundation garments from Smart & Sexy as well as job seeking skills training from leading local industry professionals and dedicated volunteers. The impact of the day is to demonstrate how Smart & Sexy, ACDN and their member organizations support women in more ways than one!  Attendees will also be taught how to shop and build a professional wardrobe on a budget.

"As an organization that strives to inspire women every day, Bottomless Closet is incredibly proud to participate in Smart & Sexy Day again this year," said Melissa Norden, Executive Director of Bottomless Closet. "We know that our clients will leave this event empowered, self-confident and ready to start a new chapter in their professional lives – the same way we strive to make them feel each time they leave our office."

Providing that learning opportunity during Smart & Sexy Day– and every day – is the mission of our 23 member organizations."

Special programming, including accurate fittings and free foundational garments from Smart & Sexy, will be held in the following cities in the month of March:

§  Bottomless Closet (New York, NY) - March 13

§  Career Wardrobe (Philadelphia, PA) - March 26

§  Desert Best Friend's Closet (Palm Desert, CA) – March 9

§  Jackets for Jobs, Inc. (Detroit, MI) – March 21

§  Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield Career Closet (Cranford, NJ) – March 20

§  Ladies of Valor Empowerment (Miami, FL) - March 17

§  MadeIt Foundation (Baltimore, MD) – March 10

§  Shining Success (Claremont, NH) – March 24

§  Suited for Success (Oklahoma City, OK) - March 20

§  Tailored for Success (Malden, MA) – March 27

§  Transforming Lives & Restoring Hope, Inc. (Roanoke Rapids, NC) – March 17

§  WHW (Santa Ana, CA) – March 23

All Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) Members will receive product from Smart & Sexy to give to their clients. For a full list of ACDN members, visit:

ABOUT Smart & Sexy

Smart & Sexy was founded with the idea that women should be able to have fashionable lingerie that provides figure solutions at great prices. Today, we are one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the US, selling over 60 million garments a year under numerous national brands. Smart & Sexy is our in-house brand created for the fashion savvy woman. Smart fit, sexy and flattering looks, quality, comfort and amazing value are the brand's guiding principles. Smart & Sexy is the in-house brand for Ariela & Associates International which was founded over 20 years ago.

For more information on Smart & Sexy, please contact: Brady Halbert, Brand Manager, T: 212-683-4131 x2729 / E:

ABOUT the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN)

The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) ( is the leading network of unique community based non-profits that empower women and men to achieve economic independence.  ACDN fosters the creation and growth of community-based organizations that assist individuals to secure and maintain employment.  We believe anyone who wants a job, should get one. All ACDN member organizations offer free professional clothing so job seekers can make a great first impression.

Each year, member agencies of ACDN assist more than 25,000 women and men across the country transition into the workplace. The professional clothing, training, and coaching services provided by our member agencies help women and men coming out of poverty, welfare, and other dire circumstances prepare for and succeed in the workplace.  Since ACDN's inception, over 300,000 women and men have been outfitted with interview attire. Learn more:

For more information about the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits, please contact:

Connie Golds, Board President, Tel: 760-776-9975/ E:

Gineyda Diaz, Board Vice President, Tel: 212-563-2499 x 17 / E:

Carrie H. Veurink, Managing Partner, Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN), Tel: 925-849-7500, E:

Carrie H. Veurink, Managing Partner, ACDN
Connie Golds, Board President, ACDN
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