From PVN Café Counter to Empowering Speaker at Attitudes & Attire Luncheon

Working in the Presbyterian Village North (PVN) Landing’s Café a teammate whose journey embodies the spirit of resilience and empowerment can be found behind the counter. Surrun Barnes, Café Cook, took a monumental leap as a featured speaker at the annual Attitudes & Attire fundraising luncheon on October 13, 2023. Surrun’s participation in this prestigious event marks not just a personal triumph but a testament to the transformative power of organizations like Attitudes & Attire.

Attitudes & Attire, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women transitioning into the workforce, has been a pivotal force in Surrun’s life. Reflecting on her own experiences, Surrun shared how the organization became her beacon of hope during a time of uncertainty. As a former client, she sought not only professional development but also a profound transformation of her self-confidence and perspective. In her luncheon speech, she acknowledged how their unwavering support and guidance fortified her spirit, enabling her not just to secure a job but to find a renewed sense of purpose and determination.

Surrun’s gratitude extended beyond the organization itself. In a heartfelt acknowledgment, she expressed her appreciation for the support of her family, the encouragement from her teammates at PVN and the residents whose camaraderie had been instrumental in her journey. Her words resonated with the audience, underscoring the significance of a strong support system in fostering personal and professional growth.

The culmination of her speech saw Surrun, alongside three other former clients-turned-featured-speakers, take a confident stride down the runway. The symbolic gesture displayed the profound transformation each woman had undergone, drawing a standing ovation from the audience. Surrun’s radiant smile and confidence mirrored the empowerment she found through the Attitudes & Attire community. Click here to learn more about Attitudes & Attire.