On October 13, 2023, Working Wardrobes hosted Power UP for Success, a signature event providing a variety of career preparedness services to 59 female Marines and Sailors to ease their upcoming transitions to the civilian workforce. This event is designed to prepare service members to find meaningful, gainful employment when they reenter civilian life. 

Attendees heard about successful transitions from a panel of Veterans, learned about potential careers that utilize their military skills and experiences, networked at an onsite job fair, and received a professional wardrobe and headshot – all culminating in a celebratory fashion show. 

Career Panel 

Veterans and industry professionals came together during the event’s Career Panel to make both a personal and professional impact on guests in attendance. The group shared experiences, insight, knowledge, and guidance during this session to support local Marines and sailors on their path to career success as they transition into the workforce. 

Workshop and Career Coaching 

Working Wardrobes Career Coach and U.S. Navy Veteran, Terance Jones, facilitated an educational workshop on “Transition and Networking” for guests in attendance. Terance provided well-researched, current industry tips and guidance to prepare these individuals to confidently navigate and achieve successful career placement. 


Event attendees experienced a hands-on styling session with volunteer wardrobe stylists. They took to the runway in their professional attire, beaming with confidence, living in the moment, and looking fabulous!  You can see and feel the genuine love and care that went into each item selected by our amazing volunteers. 

Event Sponsors 

Several event sponsors and donors dedicated their time to funds to make this event possible. These sponsors included: 

Donna & Christopher Matthews Family Foundation 

Womxn @ The Bell 

OC Women in Tech 

Meritage Homes 


Hensel Phelps

Apriem Advisors 


Howard Building Corp. 

Mechanics Bank 

TCI Leasing 

Policia & Eddie Perez 

To the Marines and Sailors in attendance, thank you for your service and we wish you much success on your journey to The Power of a Paycheck ™. 

If you are interested in sponsoring our next Power UP for Success event, please email DevelopmentTeam@workingwardrobes.org. 

If you’d like to donate to support our mission and service members on their journeys to gainful employment, please click below to give today!