POSTED ON May 30 2018

Dress For Success CEO Joi Gordon On Following Your Own Path

Joi Gordon was working as an assistant district attorney, pursuing a legal career when one day she realized it wasn’t her dream job. Then, while watching a morning news network show she learned about a nonprofit that supplied low-income women with confidence-boosting interview outfits.

"As a lawyer, I certainly understood the importance of wearing suits to work," Joi says. "It's what I did every day, and I knew how powerful I felt when I would throw on my suit in the morning. I knew that suit, to me, really had an equal effect to success."

Initially inclined to donate some of her suits to the organization, something inside Joi sparked when she met with Nancy Lublin, the founder of Dress for Success. Nancy learned that Joi was a lawyer and asked her to join the organization's Board. Joi didn't hesitate, and quickly, "Fell head over heels in love with the mission of this organization and the direction I saw her [Nancy] taking it."

Now, Joi has served as the CEO for Dress for Success for the past two decades. The organization, which spans more than 156 cities in dozens of countries is often referred to as the “Starbucks of the nonprofit world.” In today’s episode of I Want Her Job The Podcast, Joi shares why she’s a lover of learning, why the right dress or suit can make all the difference and the importance of following your own path.