Dress for Success Tampa Bay Announces Naomi Hattaway as Interim Executive Director

 Dress for Success Tampa Bay, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering local women to achieve economic independence, is pleased to announce the appointment of Naomi Hattaway as its new Interim Director. Hattaway was selected for the leadership role following a comprehensive national search conducted with the assistance of a third-party recruiting agency.

Laurell Jones, Dress for Success Tampa Bay Board President, said, “I’m so excited about welcoming Naomi to our Dress for Success Tampa Bay family. She is extremely qualified, and I have the highest confidence in her ability to build upon the legacy of compassionate service to our clients. Naomi is a great fit and addition who will align with our values of empathy and respect for all.”

Hattaway said, “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to support Dress for Success Tampa Bay. The Dress for Success mission has a special place in my heart, from my own young adult life as a single mother without a college degree, several decades ago. Although Dress for Success wasn’t available to me in Nebraska, I did have access to crucial career coaching and job skills training that was imperative to my own life and journey. It is an honor and privilege to step alongside the Dress for Success Tampa Bay team.”

In the wake of the loss of long-time Executive Director Katie McGill, the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Tampa Bay has implemented a comprehensive two-step strategy to facilitate a smooth transition to new leadership while paying tribute to McGill’s outstanding legacy. Serving as the Interim Executive Director, Hattaway will assume leadership responsibilities and ensure a seamless transfer to the permanent Executive Director. Her first day was Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

Hattaway brings a wealth of experience in facilitating executive leadership transitions with impactful nonprofit organizations. As an accomplished leader with a proven track record in community engagement and nonprofit management, she is well-poised to guide the organization through this interim period.

Moving forward, the Board of Directors also is overseeing a deliberate and intentional search to identify a permanent Executive Director, who will continue to uphold the nonprofit’s mission of service.

Since its inception in 1998, Dress for Success Tampa Bay has worked locally to empower women and help them achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, a network of support, career search assistance, job skills training, and other development tools.

Dress for Success Tampa Bay relies on grants, donations, and fundraising events to continue offering programs and services locally. All donations are tax-deductible. Find more information about upcoming events and programs at https://tampabay.dressforsuccess.org/ or on social media @dressforsuccesstampabay.

Dress for Success Tampa Bay
Tanya Cielo



  • Philanthropy & Non-profit

“The Red Dress Decision: True Stories of a Life Filled With God’s Miracles”

One of the most wonderful aspects of Jesus’ salvation is that we not only receive salvation for our souls but also an opportunity to turn our lives around. A personal relationship with God will help you get out of whatever muck you are in. It could be an addiction, despair, an unfulfilling life, worldly burdens, and unmet aspirations.

Such is the life of Nadia Ianakieva. She once struggled with alcoholism, depression, unhealed wounds, and a failing marriage. She publishes a book about her life experiences and supernatural walk with the Lord to proclaim God’s work in her life. In the book “The Red Dress Decision,” Ianakieva will stir hearts and souls.

Back in post-communist Bulgaria, the majority of people thought radical Christianity was a cult. Ianakieva’s first marriage ended in divorce, disappointment, and unfulfillment, and she was on the verge of ruining her life. God, on the other hand, led her to attend a meeting of Christians. While listening, she felt a desire to surrender all of her burdens and flaws during the altar call. From then on, she had started to piece her heart back together and tread life under God’s grace and power.

As Ianakieva recounts her journey from an addict to a believer, the book highlights the importance of grace. To those who dwell in slums of sin and misery, she vividly expresses a message of hope and salvation. She also inspires perseverance as she fights her way through the stumbling blocks she encountered in her walk of faith. More importantly, her radical change should encourage every Christian to walk in the supernatural and to use the Holy Spirit’s gifts, fruits, and power.

The book is enriched with biblical scriptures and real-life experiences that will surely lead anyone back into the knowledge of God’s love. It will provoke, inspire, and encourage every believer to walk in the supernatural.

Book available at: https://youronlinepublicist.com/product/the-red-dress-decision-true-stories-of-a-life-filled-with-gods-miracles-by-nadia-ianakieva/

The Red Dress Decision: True Stories of a Life Filled with God’s Miracles
Nadia Ianakieva
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Publication Date: May 2021
Genre: True personal stories
Target Audience: God seekers, 12-Step Program people, Alcoholics, Addicts, Depressed, Desperate people

About the Author

Nadia Ianakieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, a small country in Europe, hidden behind the Iron Curtain of Communism. She received a MA in English language and literature, hoping that someday she would become an ambassador of Bulgaria in a foreign country. Instead, she became an ambassador of Christ to the dying world, a witness of his power and love. Nadia’a real life began when she was adopted into the family of God and named a child of the Most High God.