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1775 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1150
Washington, D.C. 20006
United States

We’re a growing network of career development nonprofits that provide business attire for women and men seeking work, empowering them to economic independence.

PRESS RELEASE - Smart & Sexy








Washington, D.C., March 13, 2019 – In honor of Women’s History Month, the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN), and its member organizations will host events in March throughout the U.S. to help women prepare for employment. Launched in 2012 by Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits - 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, the 2019 Smart & Sexy Day will train and support close to 500 women throughout the country. Smart & Sexy Day events inspire women – boosting their self-confidence so they feel assured, confident, and employable.


"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 ensuring low-income people seeking self-sufficiency have an equal chance! Smart & Sexy Day events show women that they can be capable, confident and hire-able."


As part of the 2019 Smart & Sexy Day, ACDN member organizations will provide a day of workforce training, professional image classes and individual support for women to enable them to take action, secure employment and enhance the quality of their lives. Women who attend Smart & Sexy Day at a participating ACDN location will receive Smart & Sexy ® foundation garments for added confidence and support on their job interviews,  job seeking skills training from leading local industry professionals and dedicated volunteers, and tips for shopping for and building a professional wardrobe on a budget. “The bras are so pretty and I love the support!” says Gloria S. a client at one of last year’s events. “The presentations were very interesting--my favorite was the one on financial management.”

“Smart & Sexy Day kicks off Career Wardrobe's 2019 Work It series of professional development seminars designed to help job seekers take their careers to the next level,” said Sheri Cole, Executive Director of Career Wardrobe in Philadelphia. “Our day will focus on building confidence and will include bra fittings, expert makeup and grooming tips, and professional photographs to spruce up the participants’ LinkedIn profiles. Programs like Smart & Sexy Day allow Career Wardrobe to offer unique opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach for most of our participants.”


Smart & Sexy Day events will be held in the following cities in March:

  • Desert Best Friend’s Closet (Palm Desert, CA) – March 12

  • Career Wardrobe (Delaware County, PA) – March 12

  • Suited for Success (Oklahoma City, OK) March 14

  • Bottomless Closet (New York, NY) - March 19

  • Ladies of Valor Empowerment (Miami, FL) - March 23

  • Career Wardrobe (Philadelphia, PA) – March 27

  • Tailored for Success, Inc. (Malden, MA) –  March 27

  • WHW (Santa Ana, CA) – March 29

  • MadeIt Foundation (Baltimore, MD) – March 30

  • Transforming Lives & Restoring Hope, Inc. (Roanoke Rapids, NC) –  March 30



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 is the in-house brand for Ariela & Associates International which was founded over 20 years ago. We believe that confidence comes from underneath. We design obtainable swimwear and intimates with everyday comfort features, so that every woman can look and feel their best every day. Smart fit, sexy and flattering styles, quality, comfort and amazing value are the brand’s guiding principles. For every Smart&Sexy garment sold, they make a donation to an organization that empowers and supports women. They provide foundational garments (a bad bra does not set the tone for a good interview), career guidance like resume building and interview prep, and they work with other female lead businesses helping turn their dreams into realities. Learn more:


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 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                             Gineyda Diaz, Board Vice President

Tel: 760-776-9975/ E:    Tel: 212-563-2499 x 17 / E:


Washington, D.C. 20006

1775 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1150