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Dress for Success

Tulsa businesswomen give back to community

Article by Louann Buhlinger

Photography by Michael McRuiz

Originally published in Tulsa City Lifestyle

Designed to help women achieve economic independence by providing professional attire and a support network, Dress for Success Tulsa has helped more than 16,000 women make the transition to self-sufficiency over the past 19 years.

In the past year, more than 788 people have supported the mission by providing gently used clothing, purses, shoes and jewelry; giving donations and volunteering as personal shoppers for clients. 

“As a former board member, it’s so rewarding knowing there is an organization helping women to feel and look good in the workplace,” said Kuma Roberts, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Your time, donations and resources are needed as we seek serve more women with interview and leadership skills, resume building and professional clothing.”

The nonprofit is led by executive Director, Katherine Skorvaga. “The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence. My reward is seeing women leave the boutique with confidence gained by a new wardrobe,” Skorvaga said. “We fund our programs through sponsorships, donors and fundraisers. Due to the pandemic, we've postponed our larger fundraising event but invite people to support our continuing mission on Facebook or our website.”

The Dress for Success boutique is located at 3103 S. Harvard Ave. in Tulsa. Email Director@TulsaDressforSuccess.org. Call 918.599.8892. Web Tulsa.DressforSuccess.org

  • “I feel my best when I’m wearing bright colors and patterns that match my vibe,” says former DFS board member, Kuma Roberts. Dress by Zuri, shoes by ASOS.
  • “I feel my best when I’m wearing bright colors and patterns that match my vibe,” says former DFS board member, Kuma Roberts. Dress by Zuri, shoes by ASOS.
  • “I feel my best when I’m wearing bright colors and patterns that match my vibe,” says former DFS board member, Kuma Roberts. Dress by Zuri, shoes by ASOS.
  • Kuma Roberts, Tulsa Chamber VP and Katherine Skorvaga, executive director of Dress for Success Tulsa, in bright and colorful summer fashions.
  • Executive Director Katherine Skorvaga wearing summer fashion by Peter Nygard and Sam Edelman purchased at the Dress for Success Tulsa boutique sale.