After leaving a secure corporate position outside of Boston, J. Melissa Cooper plunged into the unknown world of freelance writing. Starting from scratch and later founding RezBiz, LLC, with only $700, J. Melissa Cooper built her bootstrap company into a multimillion-dollar enterprise before joining Dress for Success to empower young women entrepreneurs through the Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!) program.
Launched in New York City as a volunteer branch of Dress for Success, the Y.E.S! program is now present in several countries across the globe. Y.E.S! hosts networking and social events aimed at offering mentorship and support to female professionals.
The group’s members include mid-career women between the ages of 25 and 40, representing companies as diverse as Bank of America, GE, Nike, and Intel, as well as entrepreneurs leading small businesses. The members, who are potentially next-generation leaders for Dress for Success, volunteer five hours a month to host special sittings and evenings, lead development workshops, provide pro bono services, and organize fundraisers for affiliate programs.