DibbsBarker shows support for ‘Empower Hour’

Date: 09 March 2017

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March, DibbsBarker staff have supported Dress For Success Sydney with its new ‘Empower Hour’ campaign.

Dress For Success Sydney is an affiliate of the global Dress For Success organisation, with a mission to promote the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools. Across Australia in 2016, 3500 women were dressed and styled for interviews and employment, while 1500 participated in the Career Support Program.

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Dress For Success Sydney launched Empower Hour, an initiative encouraging people to donate an hour of their pay to help empower a woman to achieve her own economic independence.

Stephen Purcell, DibbsBarker’s Managing Partner and an ambassador for Empower Hour, commented: “In conjunction with International Women’s Day this year, I’m pleased to be supporting Dress For Success Sydney and the work they do to help women enter or re-enter the workforce. Empower Hour is a simple but fantastic initiative that gives each of us a chance to play a part in empowering others to make their own choices and pursue their own career goals. I believe this can have a profoundly positive impact not only on the women who receive direct support, but also more broadly on workplaces, families and communities.”

Staff across DibbsBarker participated in the Empower Hour campaign and celebrated International Women’s Day with representatives from Dress For Success, who joined morning tea events in the firm’s Brisbane and Sydney offices.

“At DibbsBarker we have a strong commitment to giving back to the community,” said Penny Murray, partner and head of DibbsBarker’s community involvement program DibbsREACH. “We were privileged to hear first-hand just how many women have been supported by Dress For Success over the years, and we are happy to have been able to lend support to their work going forward.”

Ursula McGeown, CEO of Dress For Success Sydney, said: “You can literally change a woman’s life in such a simple but impactful way by donating just an hour of your pay. By participating in the Empower Hour campaign you can go to bed knowing that somewhere there is a woman who will be more confident, more skilled, more educated, more resilient, more dignified and more likely to achieve financial independence because of your help. Join us to pay it forward.”

For more information about the Empower Hour campaign, open until the end of March, visit empowerhour.org.au or hear from some of the Empower Hour ambassadors in this short video.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Parks | Communications Manager
T +61 2 8233 9704

E amanda.parks@dibbsbarker.com

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