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Lauren Lee
 Personal & Business Mentor

I attended the Dress For Success (DFS) 7th Anniversary Open House in 2014. A friend had posted the event on Facebook. I went to support her and this organization that was important to her. I was immediately drawn into the mission and passion that the staff and supporters have for their cause of empowering women. I knew I had to be a part of this team. I began volunteering a month later.

Last year, DFS started a six month mentoring program called ‘Women2Women’. I signed up to be a mentor and was matched up with Michelle. We hit it off from the start! We met several times each month, and continue to meet in pursuit of her passion, ‘Love Me Like A Princess’; helping women on their journey of improving the quality of their lives.

My philosophy is that volunteering should be an integral part of everyone’s journey. I have been volunteering since I was a teenager. I started as a volunteer at a convalescence center and have volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, Homeless Families Foundation, Franklin County Children’s Services, and of course, Dress For Success.

I believe the importance of life is loving others and being of service to others. By serving others, we serve God.

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Denise Loftus Personal & Business Mentor

Denise Loftus has always had a passion for fashion and helping women achieve their best. She has worked with Dress for Success Columbus for eight years both as a volunteer and as a Program Services Coordinator from 2010-2012.  Denise worked with over 100 referral agencies to help women become self-sufficient by providing an extensive set of services and support through the Dress for Success career center and offering trainings such as interview skills, resume writing, and employment clothing selection.

Denise continues to volunteer for Dress for Success Columbus while managing her business, Timeless Chic, a wardrobe consulting and personal shopping service. Denise has a BA in French and Political Science from Michigan State University.  http://www.timelesschicstyle.com/

Eloise Pon

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Eloise Pon Personal Business Mentor

I grew up in Springfield, Ohio. I moved to California when I was eighteen. After having spent the majority of my life there, I moved home to be closer to my family. I relocated to the Columbus area in November of 2012. 

I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where I spent 20 years as a retail buyer. I bought for two west coast department stores and The Sharper Image. I then moved to Los Angeles.  While in southern California I was a real estate agent selling preschools.

Even though my background is weighted to buying, selling is my true passion.  I joined the team at Honda Marysville as a product specialist about a year and half ago. Finally, my passion for cars and a desire to help people all came together. Honda Marysville is a great dealership offering exceptional customer service in all areas.  I am thankful to be a part of such a quality organization. 

It was at Honda Marysville that I met Michelle. She was referred to me by someone in my customer base.  Michelle was in need of a dependable car, at a price she could afford.  As Michelle and I were talking, she started telling me her story.  I was overwhelmed with her grace, strength, and desire to help other women victimized by domestic violence and abuse.  Since then, Michelle and I have become friends.  I have been so blessed by her friendship.  Michelle’s passion is to provide an easier path for women trying to break free and start a new life free from domestic abuse and violence.  I am honored to help her in this endeavor, and look forward to contributing to her passion.  Email: epon@hondamarysville.com