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Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Events, News | 1 comment

Mary McDonough Receives Hodges Diversity Award

Mary McDonough Receives Hodges Diversity Award

Dress for Success SW Florida leader honored for promoting women’s economic independence

Barbara Dell, Executive Director of Dress for Success SW Florida, is pleased to announce that Business Development Director Mary McDonough has been awarded the 2014 Harold Russell Excellence in Diversity Award. Presented at the Hodges University 7th Annual Diversity Festival on March 1, the award recognizes an individual who personifies the highest standards of service, leadership and character.

Mary_898kbMcDonough was honored for her work in fulfillment of the mission of Dress for Success SW Florida: To promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The 2013 recipient, Les Williams, Training Captain at Collier County Government, presented the award to McDonough.

In a letter announcing the award, Hodges University’s Chief Diversity Officer Gail B. Williams cited McDonough’s commitment, compassion, generosity and love for the community. “The difference that you are making by embracing diversity and inclusion is changing lives,” Williams said.

Dr. Harold Russell was a founder and leader of the Hodges University Diversity Initiative, and the award is presented in his memory. The Diversity Initiative is a comprehensive, campus-wide endeavor devoted to enhancing and promoting diversity at Hodges University via the development and implementation of school-wide programs related to diversity.

In addition to 2013 award recipient Les Williams, past recipients are: Debra Frankel, Founder and CEO of Freedom Waters (2012); Marcus Goodson, President of the Lee County Housing Authority (2011); Dr. Shirley Chapman, Lee County Charter School Principal (2010); Lee Pitts of “Lee Pitts Live (2009);” and Leonardo Garcia, currently President and CEO of Hispanic American Business Alliance, LLC (2008).

For more information, call (239) 689-4992 or email swflorida@dressforsuccess.org.

About Dress for Success:

The mission of Dress For Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The vision for the Southwest Florida affiliate is to provide an opportunity for socially and economically disadvantaged women in Lee and Collier counties to improve themselves, receive support in career development and feel more confident and empowered. There are 130 Dress for Success affiliates Worldwide providing career wardrobes and employment counseling to disadvantaged women.  Dress for Success SW Florida’s office and boutique are located at 12995 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 153, in the Pinebrook Plaza next to Bell Tower in Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.DressForSuccess.org/swflorida.

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  1. Congratulations Mary on winning this years Hodges Diversity Award. What an accomplishment. The talent you show in service, leadership and character shines through not only in your work but other aspects of your life which I am so fortunate to be a part of. Your goals have been set and I know you will be reaching for the next star of your choice. Good luck and continued success!!! Kathy Warr

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