Welcome to Saris to Suits®
Founded in 2012 by the first TV News Anchor of Indian heritage to anchor network news and a global media professional, Saris to Suits advances women’s diversity, empowerment and access to the American Dream.
Saris to Suits focuses on building awareness and supporting key organizations in a concerted effort to break down the barriers that constrain the advancement of women and girls. We seek to shine an illuminating light on factors that can advance women’s empowerment and diversity awareness.
Saris to Suits Empowered calendar of inspirational and empowered women is at the center of our ongoing efforts. These exceptional women and their compelling stories are living proof of where there’s a will there’s a way, through education, hard work, and perseverance. Our role models pose for a purpose to inspire thousands of women and girls nationally and internationally. The calendar is not only a potent awareness and fundraising vehicle for many non-profit groups serving women and girls, but also for sponsoring corporations committed to diversity and women’s empowerment. They receive added benefit for getting their brand name out worldwide for tax exempt social responsibility.
Our role models represent compelling stories of immigrants and daughters of immigrants who arrived to the U.S. with nothing other than the promise of opportunities and the American Dream: From a 2014 Harvard Business School and MIT graduate – the grand prize winner of a social enterprise that makes biodegradable sanitary pads from waste banana leaves for women and girls in underserved parts of the world; to a PhD in Computer Science who weight-lifts at the Olympic level; to a seasoned highly-respected journalist who was once abandoned as a newborn at the doorsteps of an orphanage in a subcontinent in which girls are often unwanted. A way to help young women and girls develop confidence is by celebrating successful women in their chosen field.
Saris to Suits® Raises Diversity/Women’s Empowerment Awareness via Focused Media Campaign
- The campaign role models generate extraordinary national, international, regional, and social media attention in mainstream US, and culturally diverse ethnic outlets. The campaign and its calendar women are featured on FOX, CNN, BuzzFeed, and the BBC, ethnic and mainstream media.
- Sales of up to 5,000 copies are distributed across the globe each year, with logos of corporate sponsors of several of the distinguished women. One sponsor chose a logo for STEM role model while another sponsored the month of a journalist holding its paisley tumbler alongside her laptop for product placement.
Saris to Suits ® Role Models Serve as Inspirational Speakers at Sponsored Calendar Signing Events
- They WOW crowds and inspire girls while sharing their compelling stories of trials, tribulations, and successes as to how they came to be April Saris to Suits® Empowered campaign role model — whether she’s is a scientist who is a proponent of women in athletics or a lawyer who became a yogini for health and wellness after a struggle with depression.
- Corporations and organizations may request media-trained calendar women to inspire, educate, and raise awareness by speaking about their individual diversity and empowerment platform to an audience.
Saris to Suits® Benefits Groups that Protect and Uplift Women and Girls
- Benefiting organizations sell calendars online or at events to keep 100% to fund a variety of programs. Organizations serving victims of domestic violence and assault such as SPARCC received cash donation the inaugural 2013/2014 calendar year.
Saris to Suits® Empowers and Inspires Girls to Achieve Their Dream Through Education; and Perhaps Become Social Activists Themselves.
- Dozens of boxes containing 100 calendars have been donated to many organizations, such as the SMART Girls initiative of Boys and Girls Club of Florida, women’s networking groups, and to girls receiving rehabilitative care from child labor and trafficking. A compassionate and inspired Connecticut teen reached out to Saris to Suits via the website to raise money by selling calendars earmarked for Nepal relief efforts.
Your support through sponsorship, grants, bulk calendar purchase and event partnership are all a key part of our success in bringing this vital message to every community. Saris to Suits is win-win-win-win for role models, sponsoring companies, organizations representing diversity and women’s empowerment, and women and girls who are moved to make a better life for themselves.
SARIS TO SUITS ® to Empower, Inspire, protect, & benefit
Our initiative continues to receive extraordinary media coverage in local, national, and international news: CNN, FOX, BBC, BuzzFeed World/Style, Vancouver Desi, Eeanadu, the Telugu equivalent of the Washington Post in India, and Brown Girl Magazine have all profiled the mission and focus of Saris to Suits:
CNN’s Moni Basu, our ‘Ms. December’ calendar initiative role model: Saris to Suits on CNN
Brilliant, Beautiful and Brown: Saris to Suits on BuzzFeed News World
BBC News profiles the 2014 Saris to Suits® campaign
The outside world tuning in to watch her deliver the news on television would not have suspected founder Patti Tripathi’s travails with pressures of an arranged marriage or someone of the same heritage. What she endured in her personal life makes her passionate about women’s empowerment and social change. BG Magazine.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself,
without knowing it possibly, without claiming it,she stands up for all women.”
– Maya Angelou, activist and poet.
Please contact us if you are proponent of women and girls’ empowerment and want to sponsor or donate, or if you wish serious consideration as a role models in future awareness campaign. Info@SarisToSuits.org
Clarification: Garments such as “saris” or “suits” do not make a person more or less empowered. Rather, our trademarked and registered brand implies these savvy and worldly women travel fluidly between continents, chasms, and communities AND serve as real-life role models for young girls and women. It has multiple meanings – East to West, woman to man, and the assimilation process reflected in attire occurs when women enter the workforce.
Saris to Suits ® is incorporated as a non-profit public charity, and exempt from federal tax under 501(C)3 Revenue Code, which means contributions are deductible under section 170 of the code.
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