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The mission of Suited for Success is to empower a diverse community of individuals to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency through career development, training, a network of support, and professional image services.
Vets for Success training program
Vets for Success training program

Suited for Success was started in 1994 as a nonprofit to help welfare recipients enter the workforce by providing them with appropriate clothing for interviews and jobs. Over the years, we added programs for youth (1998), men (1999), and veterans (2017). In 2005, the women’s program became the 86th affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide and is now known as Dress for Success Miami. Experience quickly showed that business clothing is essential, but not sufficient to get and keep jobs. 

Suited for Success created tailored workshops on readiness for job interviews, professional image, communication skills, and business etiquette to enhance enhancing clients’ confidence with real-world skills. By working hand in hand with over 130 agencies that refer clients, we serve over 1,000 individuals each year in Miami-Dade County.

Over the years, our organization has continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of our community and our clients.

In the last few years, we have expanded our Career Center and launched our Vets for Success training program for military veterans and family members, with more new programming to come that will enable us to serve even more of Miami-Dade County.

Vets for Success training program

Suited for Success is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors.

About our founder

Sonia Jacobson is co-founder and executive director of Suited for Success / Dress for Success Miami. She has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur in both for-profit and non-profit arenas. 

Prior to Suited for Success, Jacobson founded Image Development Group, which provided training seminars on defining, cultivating and promoting business image; communications skills; professional presence; and international protocol.

Jacobson co-founded Suited for Success in 1994 with her business partner Barbara Tifford, and has grown it into a vibrant organization serving over 1,300 men, women and youth each year. Her nonprofit work has been recognized by former Vice President Al Gore, former U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

board of directors

Jessica Merz, President

Jennifer Heegaard, Immediate Past President
JEJE Consulting

Nikki Noya Fields, Vice President
Noya Fields Family Charitable Funds

Shannon Nurse, Secretary/Treasurer

Michael Barney, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Nicole Barrow, DHL




Russell BenfordRoyal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Solange CampuzanoFlorida Blue

Jessica DelacruzKaufman Rossin

Katherine Martinez, Walmart

Chrissie Mollicone, Ulta

Rob Serrano, Capital One

Eva Spahn, Greenberg Traurig