Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tue Dec 08, 2009

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 JOI GORDON - CEO  "DRESS FOR SUCCESS" Joi Gordon joined Dress for Success as the executive director of the New York program in 1999 and in 2002 took over leadership of Dress for Success Worldwide. One of Joi's primary goals is to ensure that Dress for Success becomes recognized as an acknowledged leader in promoting the economic and social development of disadvantaged women while expanding the organization's reach so that more and more women across the globe will have access to the resources and tools they need to succeed in the workplace.  One of Joi's proudest accomplishments is to have succeeded in building a team of passionate, dedicated and talented staff who will make these objectives a reality. Assembling such a capable group has enabled Dress for Success to improve the services that it offers to its clients, who now number more than 50,000 worldwide each year. In addition, the staff has expanded and strengthened the organization's affiliate network and increased the support that is offered to its members.  "I am incredibly fortunate to have a job that combines my commitment to public service with my passion for women's issues," says Joi.  As the CEO of Worldwide, Joi spearheaded a rebranding of Dress for Success, complete with a new mission statement, tagline and logo. Under her leadership the organization has increased its focus to include employment retention in addition to suiting. Dress for Success now supports women as they find and retain employment and helps them turn their jobs into rewarding careers. Our suiting program has grown tremendously while the organization has launched new initiatives to assist our clients in their efforts to grow professionally.   Among her professional activities and relationships, Joi serves on the board of directors of Urban Brands, owner of both the Ashley Stewart and Marianne nameplates, a leading specialty retailer who targets the fashion-savvy urban, multi-cultural woman, and America's Charities. She sits on the women's advisory councils of Office Depot, American Airlines and VOICE, and imprint of Hyperion Books. Joi also serves on the advisory board of the New-Jersey based non-profit organization My Daughter's Keeper. Over the past several years a number of prominent institutions have recognized Joi for her achievements. In 2007 she was presented with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor and received the 2006 Visionary Award from Office Depot. The Harlem YMCA and Coalition of 100 Black Women in New York City, among many other organizations, have presented Joi with community service awards to acknowledge her contributions. Joi received her B.A. in radio/ television broadcasting from the University of Oklahoma and her juris doctorate from its College of Law.She lives in Queens with her husband Errol, where they own and operate a fleet of luxury limousines. Her greatest joys are her two children, Sydney and Nicholas.

Chris O'Dell  - "MISS O’DELL: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob  Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women they Loved" 
George Harrison wrote a song for her ("Miss O'Dell"), as did her boyfriend, Leon Russell ("Pisces Apple Lady"). She was there on the roof of Apple when the Beatles  famously performed "Hey Jude" on TV. She watched as they recorded at Abbey Road, and was best friends with George's wife, Pattie Boyd. She had affairs with Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan. O'Dell and Joni Mitchell vied for the attention of Sam Shepard while on the road with Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue (Mitchell referred to her in the song "Coyote" as "the woman down the hall").  

Lt. General (USMC-Ret.) Henry P. (Pete) Osman, President and CEO of the Marine  Toys for Tots FoundationAt a time when many charities are reporting an increased demand for their services, only 38 percent of Americans say they will give a charitable gift this holiday, compared to 49 percent last year according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive.  The good news is that although fewer people plan to give, one charity is making it easy for people to brighten a child's holiday and improve that child’s chance at academic success. The Toys for Tots Literacy Program, the first year-round initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, was launched in 2008. Since then, its Buck-a-Book project has enabled the program to deliver nearly one million books to less-fortunate children to improve their chances for academic success. This holiday season, Americans can help the literacy program reach its million book goal by making a cash donation at participating The UPS Store locations or online at www.toysfortotsliteracy.org.  Every one  dollar donated will buy a book for a local child in need.

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