2019 Sponsors


PNC bank sponsor Dress for Success Indianapolis Stepping Out in Style Indianapolis

Classic Cleaners

Bedel Financial Consulting



Markey's Dress for Success Indianapolis Stepping Out in Style


Indianapolis Power & Light

IPL sponsor Dress for Success Indianapolis Stepping Out in Style

RJE Business Interiors

RJE Dress for Success Indianapolis Stepping Out in Style


Conrad Indianapolis Dress for Success Stepping out in Style


Charles Schwab
Eskenazi Health (Health & Hospital)
Katz Sapper & Miller
JP Morgan Chase
IU Kelly School of Business
Deloitte LLP

Guggenheim Insurance
Crowe LLP
Indiana Reclamation & Excavating, Inc
Relocation Strategies
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Ernst & Young
Hathaway Strategies
Butler University
Piles CPA
Shiel Sexton
Diane Willis and Clyde Lee
CLA Indiana
Frost Brown Todd
APEX Benefits
Altria Group, Inc
Stanley Securities
Monarch Beverage
Ivy Tech
Regions Bank
Citizens Energy Group
Ogletree Deakins
Indianapolis Colts
Marian University
Ice Miller LLP
IUPUI-Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Lumina Foundation
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Indiana Members Credit Union
STAR Financial Bank


Accent on Business
JW Marriott Hotel
Studio 2000 Salon and Day Spa
Hotel Tango
Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC)
White River State Park
Emmis Communications
Upland Brewing Company
Nicole Blair Wear
Jackson Family Wines
Monarch Beverage
My Pretty Little Pretzel

Bedel Financial, Platinum Wine Pull Sponsor, is Helping Women Prepare for Their Future

4 out of 5 women will find themselves in total control of their finances or their family’s finances at some point in their lives. Are you prepared?

At Bedel Financial, we know that a sense of financial security is a basic need for all women. Financial security and planning for an ideal future is at the core of what Bedel Financial does, and it’s at the heart of what Dress for Success is all about. That’s why we continue to support this wonderful organization year-after-year. We know how important financial security is to a family – and to women in particular.

We are proud to share our Women & Money eBook with the hope that it will serve as a guide to all of the women affiliated with Dress for Success. Please feel free to share with anyone who you think might benefit from reading it.

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2018 SOIS Model and TV Personality, Karen Laine aka Mamma Chick, on DFS and Achieving Personal Success

Karen Laine, Mama Chick, Two Chicks and A Hammer


You are passionate about many causes. What do you love about Dress for Success?

Dress for success resonates with me because it gives women a hand up; teaching them the skills they need to be successful in their job search.  It’s not just about getting dressed up, it’s about interviewing skills, communication skills, job finding skills, things that may not come naturally and need coaching.  Also, the folks who work at dress for success, and those who volunteer their time are so passionate about their mission to help women be self-sufficient, it can’t help but rub off!

Many of our women are getting a second chance to accomplish their goals and, honestly, a good stable life. What advice would you give to a woman just getting started on her professional journey?

It may feel as though getting the job is your dream has come true and the hard part is over, but keeping a job takes just as much diligence as getting it.  Keeping the job is extremely important.  Skipping from job to job makes each job harder to obtain.  Also, learning to save is as important as it is difficult.  Saving a small percentage rigorously and regularly is crucial.

What do you think women must know about success? Any misconceptions about what it means to be successful?

I could be wrong, but I think we each get to define our own success.  For me it means doing the right thing, even if it is the hard thing, and feeling that if my actions were written in a headline, I could be proud.

A hammer and nail gun weren’t always the tools of your trade.  You’ve changed careers. How did that happen? How can a woman change lanes and find her passion?

I changed careers because the universe pulled up, opened the door of a new ride that I knew nothing about, and said “get in”.  The universe has never failed me, and it is my nature to jump in.  I wanted to be on stage when I was very young (maybe 7 years old) and part of a local summer theater program, but I got terrible stage fright on my first attempt and gave up.  It’s gratifying to have the barely glowing embers of that old passion reignited so many years later.  And I don’t think it was luck.  I think it was an energy I was putting into the universe and the universe responded.  I guess what I am saying is that if you want to change lanes, you have to do all the things to be ready for the new lane, keep an eye peeled for the opportunity to move, then joyfully move into it when the opportunity arises.

How important is it for people to have the support of their village or tribe in accomplishing goals?

You couldn’t tell this by meeting me, or seeing me on TV, but I am a loner.  Although I like self-sufficiency best, I am aware that I wouldn’t be where I am without a huge team: parents, siblings, teachers, friends, mentors, bosses, co-workers, priests, neighbors.  I have learned that asking for help is a strength, not a weakness.  Also, when I help someone else, it makes me feel wonderful.  By not asking for help, I am denying someone else the experience of generosity, which is its own kind of selfishness.

What piece of clothing makes you feel confident and powerful?

I feel best in a white button-down blouse with the sleeves rolled up and a pair of flattering trousers with pockets I can jam my hands into.

Any tips for networking and interviewing?

I haven’t interviewed for a job in so long, that my tips may be a little old school.  Prep by learning about the company and the interviewer (if possible).  Be ready with reasons why you are right for the job.  Go into the ladies’ room right before you interview and make yourself big: raise your arms, take a deep breath, plant your feet confidently.  Feel the power of the stance.  Breathe in confidence (not arrogance).  During your interview, sit with good posture.  Make eye contact.  Answer questions directly and concisely.  Ask the interviewer questions relevant to the job.  As for networking, I have no skill at it, but have a friend who does it effortlessly and I am always amazed by her.  She does a lot of volunteer work and belongs to all the possible professional organizations time allows.  She is always extending a hand in greeting wherever she goes.  She is genuinely interested in the lives of the people she meets and has some way of remembering even the smallest details about people.  This behavior has created a vast pool of people from which she can draw when she has a need.


Find Karen on FB @MammaChick   IG @kelaine217   Twitter @MammaChick1    HGTV Good Bones

Wendy Franklin Announced as Featured Artist for Stepping Out In Style 2018

We are thrilled to have the incredibly talented Wendy Franklin as our 2018 Featured Artist!

Check out her work! 

Stepping Out In Style 2019

On Friday, October 18, 2019, Dress for Success Indianapolis will present the 17th annual Stepping Out In Style fundraising event in downtown Indianapolis at the JW Marriott!


It will be a night of high fashion, great food, critical fundraising and loads of fun! The evening will include a cocktail reception sponsored by IPL, dinner, fashion show and an after party sponsored by Classic Cleaners!


The Cocktail Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, the fashion show, and the Classic Cleaners after party. During the cocktail reception, guests will be able to try their hand at the Diamond Dig and participate in our Wine Pull, sponsored by Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.! Guests can then join us at the after party to visit with friends and meet our models, artist and sponsors for the evening.


Dress for Success Indianapolis will welcome community leaders and two of our PWG members as models to the stage for a high-energy fashion show. They will be wearing unique clothing from upscale local boutiques and walk the catwalk.


Denny Sponsel, President of RJE Business Interiors, returns as our Match Sponsor and will challenge our guests to raise more money than ever before to reach our $200,000+ fundraising goal.

Faith Blackwell Is 2015’s Featured Artist

Dress for Success Indianapolis is excited to announce that a longtime friend of the organization will be the featured artist for Stepping Out In Style 2015. Faith Blackwell is an Indianapolis-based photographer. Faith has been involved with the organization as a volunteer for over 10 years. She’s been Dress for Success Indianapolis’ unofficial photographer since she started her photography business. Faith created the beautiful work above to brand this year’s Stepping Out In Style event!

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