Ariela Balk, CEO and Founder, Smart & Sexy
Support means so many things to me. As a company, we make beautiful bras that support women and help them achieve their idealized physical shape. As a woman, one of my most rewarding responsibilities is supporting other women as they grow their careers and businesses, both financially and through mentoring. Helping shape the future, with more successful women, and women owned businesses is one of the most fulfilling ways to spend my time.
We take pride in supporting women all year round, but in March we get special the opportunity to witness our direct impact first hand. March 13th is officially Smart & Sexy Day and every March (Women’s Month), we team up with The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits to host Smart & Sexy Day events in cities throughout the country. Smart & Sexy Day Events help give women the tools they need to enter, or re-enter, the work force. There’s more to being successful then just building an impressive resume, it’s about building confidence. Bras aren’t going to change the world, but the confident women who wear them will. Smart & Sexy Day events will inspire women - boosting their self-confidence so that they feel assured, confident, and most of all, employable.
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. Attendees will also be taught how to shop and build a professional wardrobe on a budget. This year’s events will be taking place at the following locations:
- Desert Best Friend’s Closet (Palm Desert, CA) – March 9
- Madelt Foundation (Baltimore, MD) – March 10
- Bottomless Closet (New York, NY) - March 13
- Ladies of Valor Empowerment (Miami, FL) - March 17
- Transforming Lives & Restoring Hope, Inc. (Roanoke Rapids, NC) – March 17
- Suited for Success (Oklahoma City, OK) - March 20
- Jackets for Jobs, Inc. (Detroit, MI) – March 21
- Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield Career Closet (Cranford, NJ) – March 20
- WHW (Santa Ana, CA) – March 23
- Shining Success (Claremont, NH) – March 24
- Career Wardrobe (Philadelphia, PA) - March 26
- Tailored for Success (Malden, MA) – March 27
As Smart & Sexy day Marches on, we ask that you take the time to help empower women around you, starting with yourself.
CEO & Founder of Smart & Sexy
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