Need a Speaker or Contributor Who Can De-Mystify What It Means to “Dress for Success?”


“Dress for Success” is a loaded phrase.
It implies a high standard and is just vague enough
so people have no idea where to start. 

Because I believe personal style starts on the inside, I’ve often felt at odds with the fashion industry –
despite over 20 years of working within it.

To me, “Dress for Success” means choosing clothes and accessories within the context of who you are, what matters most to you, meaningful goals (personal and professional), and your present reality. Ultimately, it means having a closet that supports you to look and feel your best every single day.

Audiences leave my talks with an inspired blend of actionable information, new ideas for their closets, and a changed perspective on the role that fashion and style plays in their lives. All talks and workshops are tailored to the needs of your specific audience.

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what people say about working with kathleen

  • ATD – Association for Talent and Development
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Sierra Nevada Properties Real Estate Services
  • The Empowerment Center
  • Front Office Staff
  • IIDA – Commercial Interior Design Association
  • Minerva Office Staff
  • NAIFA – National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
  • NNBW – Northern Nevada Business Weekly
  • NNHRA Northern Nevada Human Resource Association
  • PSN Professional Saleswomen of Nevada
  • Susanville Bariatric Clinic
  • TMCC – Truckee Meadows Community College Professional Development
  • Western Bariatric Institute
  • University of Nevada Reno MBA Program
  • Women in Lodging

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“Senior leaders within our organization have been challenged by our changing demographics and the fact that we do not have a written dress code. Many older employees had progressively gotten more casual in their appearance and new employees seemed to not understand what was appropriate for a work environment like ours.

Kathleen did a fabulous job talking to me about our needs and then working with our employees. She demonstrated a high degree of empathy and her ability to connect with our employees was evident. Everyone who attended was pleased and talked about it for some time. She is extremely knowledgeable, did a great job presenting, and provided great advice to our employees.

Kathleen really listened to our concerns and needs and tailored her efforts to helping us achieve our goals. Every employee who attended our workshop had positive reviews and Kathleen surpassed our expectations. We have already talked about asking her to come back for another workshop, she did such an excellent job and was a pleasure to work with.”

Owen Fulsome

Management Services, Bureau of Reclamation

“Kathleen presented a workshop “Develop Your Authentic Clothing Vibe” at Truckee Meadows Community College this past summer to rave reviews! How to dress professionally and on a budget was her focus. She doesn’t talk down or make anyone feel uncomfortable. She engages her participants and fields their questions. The information was valuable and beneficial. This is a specialized workshop on a topic that is not often addressed. If your organization or company needs a seminar contact Kathleen!”

Cathy Brewster
Professional Development Manager, Truckee Meadows Community College|Reno, NV

“On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce board, staff, and young entrepreneurs academy, thank you so much for taking the time to join us to discuss professional dress and presentation. The advice you shared was invaluable for our students as they head to their next venture.”

Leslie Masterpool

“Kathleen’s presentation has sparked interest with our staff. As Pre-K Teachers, it is a difficult balance to dress practically as well as professionally. Kathleen gave us simple clothing cues to look for to be intentional in the message our appearance conveys. Weeks later teachers are still talking about ‘shopping your closet’ and ‘wardrobe orphans.’”

Terry Randolph
Child and Family Services, Washoe County School District

“I am a consultant in Early Childhood Education and had the good fortune to participate in a workshop for Early Childhood educators that focused on the image people project based on what they are wearing. It was fun, informative and non-threatening.

A few days later at a meeting, teachers were noticing what their colleagues were wearing and the message: “Suzanne, you are wearing a coat with lapels – we’ll be taking you more seriously.” While there was humor embedded, I noticed that the teachers looked more professional at this meeting.”

Leah Sanders
Administrative Faculty, University of Nevada, Reno

“Kathleen gave a very informative presentation to the Reno eWomenNetwork chapter centered around the different levels of dress, proper business dress and showing up authentically in your clothes. Her presentation provided just enough visual interest to keep the audience engaged and her handouts provided guests some great take-home information.

Her talk was interesting, relevant, and met our stringent time constraints of 20 minutes, allowing for a lively Q&A. I would highly recommend Kathleen.”

Annie Goni-Stewart
Executive Managing Director, Reno eWomenNetwork, Inc.
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