January always goes hand-in-hand with New Year’s Resolutions, and for the majority of us, we pick a resolution and forget about it within a month.  So instead of asking moms about their New Year’s Resolutions for 2011, we decided to profile local moms who made resolutions that lasted much longer than just a week!  These women made a resolution for change and a resolution that would last.

Our first mom is Glynis Bell, who made a resolution to help others, and in doing so, began an entirely new career for herself …

“To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded”- Ralph Waldo Emerson. This is Glynis’ favorite quote and also one of her goals. Over the years, Glynis has worked in many capacities including fund raising for non profits, merchandising, and retail management.  But no matter where she landed, she still felt like she could do more … give more … and grow more.

Then she found Dress for Success.  This is a national non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women with workforce re-entry by giving them the interview and business attire needed for their interview and active job search. The program also helps women with the skills, mentoring, and confidence that they need to stay employed.

I was invited to a Dress for Success Event this fall, and could not have been more impressed with the program, and with Glynis.  I was fascinated with how this program empowers women by giving them the stepping stones they need to interview for jobs, and hopefully succeed in their new career.  I thought this organization and the idea behind it was nothing short of brilliant.  Bell describes it by saying, “The program gives women a hands up, not a hand out.”

Glynis is now the affiliate visionary and volunteer executive Director of Dress for Success Winston-Salem.  She has always had a ” passion for fashion” and what better way to put that to good use than to help women get on the road to self-sufficiency.  She describers Dress for Success Winston-Salem as her culminating experience.

Dress for Success Winston-Salem is a family project, and Glynis involves her husband and kids in many aspects of the non-profit. As a mom on the move, she knows about the delicate balancing act.  Both of her children we born preemies, her son 4lbs 11.oz and her daughter 1 lb 5 oz. She likens Dress for Success Winston-Salem to having a third child; one that is past it’s due date.

For more information or to volunteer or donate, please contact Glynis at winstonsalem@dressforsuccess.org.

Tune in all this week to read about more Moms on the Move and the resolutions for change that they have made!