Supporting Dress for Success Cincinnati   

OUR STORY

 

Portaluca opened to the public as 4th Street Boutique in 2002 to sell women’s new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. It is the first in over 128 Dress for Success affiliates worldwide to have an earned income venture.  The proceeds support Dress for Success Cincinnati’s services to disadvantaged women. Today, the boutique has two locations, downtown and College Hill. The downtown boutique was originally located at 135 West 4th Street and quickly became known as a destination for women to find stylish clothing and accessories for less. Special sales and events, such as the Designer Sale, offer one-of-a-kind fashion finds and give customers a unique shopping experience in the vibrant downtown Cincinnati area. In May 2013 the boutique moved to a beautiful urban interior at 209 West 4thStreet between Elm and Plum on the ground floor of the Textile Building. The boutique is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. College Hill boutique opened its doors in 2011 in the College Hill Business District at 5838 Hamilton Ave. Customers can enjoy the friendly, neighborhood environment. The boutique is open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Donations can also be dropped off during business hours.

OUR BOARD

Sandy Hart Portaluca Board Chair  
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    Sandy's Bio

    Most recently I served as the Director of Account Management for Humana in the Large Group Market Segment.  In this role, I was responsible for talent development of a sales team along with the development /execution of solutions for employers to improve the health and wellbeing of their associates.  I support 4th Street Boutique/Portaluca/ Dress for Success because of it’s  incredibly noble mission of serving the needs of disadvantaged women  seeking to begin a new life for themselves and their families.   It is inspirational to see the Dfs clients be so courageous and bold to take steps to become self-sufficient and it is equally inspirational to witness the staff and volunteers from Dress for Success and The 4th Street Boutique assisting these clients to improve their self-confidence, self-esteem and build their new image!   I am honored to serve on the 4th Street Boutique Advisory Board,  executing strategies to maximize revenues to support the DFS programs.
Lisa Lickert Vice-President  
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    Lisa's Bio

    Lisa acquired EMI Network, a national content marketing and creative services firm, in 2013. Lisa is a 2006 cum laude graduate of Thomas More College, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration while working full-time and raising a young son. “Once I learned about Dress for Success Cincinnati, the mission and the work they perform each and every day, it was an easy decision to become involved. The staff, the volunteers and the clients are great inspirations and they fuel me as a Board member to be more and do more. The fun and caring atmosphere is contagious. Both organizations give me many gifts and I’m so very thankful to be a part of such an amazing organization.”
Jamila Watson Secretary  
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    Jamila's Bio

    Jamila Watson has 15 years of marketing experience, including a heavy focus on brand strategy and marketing research. In her role as Insights Strategist at Seed Strategy, Inc., Jamila works elbow-to-elbow with global clients across numerous industry verticals. Jamila has been a member of the 4th Street Boutique Advisory Board since 2012. “It has truly been a delight serving 4th Street Boutique and Dress for Success Cincinnati. My greatest joy is meeting and working alongside such a phenomenal group of women. It is simply amazing to hear the stories and see how women have and are being transformed. And, it never fails…. After these interactions, I always walk away feeling blessed, motivated and enlightened!
Carolyn Karageorges Treasurer  
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    Carolyn's Bio

    Carolyn is the Assistant Vice President of Internal Audit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has received her BBA from the University of Cincinnati with a major in Accounting and Finance. “I am excited to be able to serve on the Board of an organization which supports Dress for Success. I am passionate about the great work the staff and Dress for Success does to assist women develop the professional skills necessary to obtain and retain a meaningful career. Seeing the women look at themselves in their professional interview attire for the first time truly helped me understand that this is not all about finding a women a job, but helping them recognize their self-worth and build confidence in themselves.”
Sheri Auttonberry Past Chair  
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    Sheri's Bio

    Sheri is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and Vanderbilt Law School. After practicing commercial litigation for 13 years, most of that time with Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild, Sheri has now left private practice and is serving as in-house counsel at Talbert House, one of Cincinnati’s largest non-profit agencies. “I believe in the organization’s key mission of giving struggling women the tools to succeed in life, both professionally and personally, and believe that doing so makes for a better community.”
Patricia Budd Senior ERP Analyst in Human Resources at Children’s Hospital  
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    Patricia's Bio

    As a single mother for 20 years, she raised two daughters and managed to have a career at the same time. “I believe in the mission of the 4th Street Boutique and Dress For Success – helping other women succeed in their personal and career choices.”
Ellen Craven Brand Strategy and Innovation  
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    Ellen's Bio

    Brand Strategy and Innovation – Working with brands across the globe to deliver better consumer experiences. “All I have, I’ve earned. My parents struggled to get by when I was a kid, but they set me up for success by working very hard for the things that mattered to get me where I am now. So I understand the value of a dollar and the positive impact a leg up can bring at pivotal crossroads in life. Dress for Success is a way for me to give back. Everyone deserves a chance to put their best image forward when opportunity presents itself.”
Lynn Johnson Senior Manager Associate Relations & Survey Administration at Macy’s  
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    Lynn's Bio

    Lynn Johnson is a Senior Manager in Associate Relations in the corporate office of Macy’s, Inc., with particular focus on Employee Engagement enterprise wide. Having a background in Merchandise Buying, Selling Services, Product Training and Learning & Development, Lynn brings a variety of retail expertise to Portaluca. “I am passionate about giving back to the community and excited to use my professional skills to help struggling women reach their own personal potential as they strive to become self-sufficient.”
Tiffany Witham Director Marketing & Corporate Communication  
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    Tiffany's Bio

    Tiffany Witham is the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Messer Construction Co. She leads marketing strategy, execution and branding for the company. She received her B.S. in Marketing from Morehead State University.  She was chosen as a YWCA Rising Star in 2008, has been nominated for the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “40 under 40” and is alumnae of the 2010 WE Lead Class. In addition to serving on the Portaluca Board, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Tender Mercies.

 

DRESS FOR SUCCESS CINCINNATI

The mission of Dress for Success Cincinnati is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Every woman who comes to Dress for Success Cincinnati is treated with dignity and respect and can walk through our doors feeling confident and welcome. We focus on helping each woman prepare for the journey ahead of her. Our concern is not where our clients have been but rather where they are going. Shortly after Dress for Success Cincinnati was founded, we became well-known for providing suits to disadvantaged women returning to or entering the workforce. Many Dress for Success affiliates provide more than just a suit and also supply other pieces of clothing and accessories such as scarves, jewelry or other interview-appropriate items. Our goal is for each woman to leave Dress for Success Cincinnati with a complete outfit that will help her land a job.