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Vionic SVP and GM, Angela Caltagirone, Honored by Dress for Success in Its “Your Hour, Her Power” Campaign

As women around the world continue to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vionic Shoes—from our home base in San Rafael, California—is pleased to align with local chapters of Dress for Success® San Francisco/San Jose in inspiring hope and resilience in women through its “Your Hour, Her Power” campaign. We are also thrilled that this invaluable non-profit is also recognizing our own Angela Caltagirone, as a member of Bay Area Women in Power, for her outstanding leadership and advocacy of initiatives that help women thrive professionally and personally. 

Vionic is fortunate to have the guidance of Angela in her role as Senior Vice President and General Manager. With a career devoted to developing some of retail’s biggest brands, she’s been instrumental in helping build Vionic into what it is today with visionary goals for the future. Part of Angela’s considerable expertise includes her dedication to mentoring a strong leadership environment in which women are front and center.

This leadership has shone during the challenging business climate of the past two years, guiding a nimble approach to all aspects of our Vionic operation. From embracing the corporate shift to a remote workforce, navigating global supply-chain issues, driving revenue through economic upheaval, etc., Angela and the larger leadership team have worked to ensure Vionic’s continuing success while maintaining the health and safety of all employees. In step with the societal landscape, she has upheld diversity, equity and inclusion as cornerstones of our brand’s wellness-driven DNA. And, when it could have been a time to pull back from philanthropy, Angela has not lost focus on it being a key Vionic priority.

Our company and Dress for Success have enjoyed a long relationship that’s included event sponsorship, financial contributions and donations of Vionic shoes to help empower women in either entering or returning to the workplace. The mission of Dress for Success is to assist women in finding their way to contribute to the world economy by providing much needed support, due to a variety of situations, that have impeded their confidence and independence.

For all these things (and more!), we celebrate Angela for her recognition in the “Your Hour, Her Power” campaign by Dress for Success. Congratulations!  

Vionic Cares is proud to support Center for Domestic Peace

In continuing our impact in our community and beyond, Vionic Cares is proud to announce our support of Center for Domestic Peace as a sponsor of their annual “In Celebration of Mothers” event. Vionic Cares’ sponsorship not only helps to cover the event costs, but will help fund programs and services that are instrumental in helping those who have been affected by domestic violence of any kind. The mission of Center for Domestic Peace is reducing and hopefully eliminating domestic violence for women, children, and in families as a whole.

The “In Celebration of Mothers” luncheon is an afternoon event, taking place on Mother’s Day, that allows supporters–families, community members, donors, and more–of Center for Domestic Peace to meet, inspire, and discuss with the goal of creating incredible energy and great memories that help to make positive change to many people’s lives.

If you would like to join in on supporting Center for Domestic Peace, you can donate here to help support an important cause.

Vionic Cares Continues Partnership with Dress for Success

A new year means new opportunities to continue giving back! It’s 2022 and Vionic Cares is in action, working towards supporting a brighter future for people from all walks of life. This philanthropic branch of Vionic Shoes strategically connects with charitable partners on a range of causes focused on environmental sustainability, health and wellness, women’s interests, and childhood cancer.

Following an incredibly impactful 2021, Vionic Cares is proud to announce that it will continue its long standing partnership with the San Francisco/Bay Area chapter of Dress for Success, a global organization that aims to empower women through the tools they need to grow professionally and in life. Currently, Dress for Success operates in 23 countries and serves over 1.2 million women. Last year, Vionic Cares was on their side, donating Vionic shoes and $20,000 of financial aid to the organization.

To get energized for the year ahead, let’s take a look at a few of our Dress for Success highlights from 2021:

Stretch for Success

Together, Dress for Success and Vionic Cares kicked off 2021 with Stretch for Success, a virtual yoga event. Vionic donated 100 pairs of new shoes to Dress for Success clients, women in their job search program and members of the Professional Women’s Group.

Holiday Soirée

At the beginning of December 2021, Vionic spread some holiday cheer and sponsored a designer pop-up shop at the annual Dress for Success Holiday Soirée. The event took place in San Francisco and allowed people to make a positive impact in the community while getting an opportunity to have some fun shopping.

While both events were a success, the lasting impact and importance of them really plays out after the fact. Carmela, a Dress for Success client, sums it up: “I’d like to express my gratitude to you for making this possible and to thank the generosity of Vionic for the opportunity to get a pair of their shoes. I chose the Lani black leather boots. They feel and look great, and will give me added confidence to go out and continue making things happen for myself and others!”

Making a difference where and when we can is what Vionic Cares is all about—supporting opportunity from the ground up. Ready for another year of giving and impact? Let’s go!

Support for #GivingTuesday and the Global Generosity Movement

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday kicking off “the giving season” in ways that are good for commerce and the economy, Giving Tuesday puts the focus on “community good” with charities, companies, and individuals joining together for favorite causes.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Established in 2012 by New York City’s 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, Giving Tuesday started as a simple concept: To be a day that encourages people to do good. It has since evolved into an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

How Does Giving Tuesday Work?

Harnessing the potential of social media and the generosity of people to bring about real change in their communities, Giving Tuesday provides a platform that encourages the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local challenges. It also bonds the collective power of a unique blend of partners (nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, and corporations, as well as families and individuals) to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. Around the world, Giving Tuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

Vionic and Philanthropy

As a brand who cares—founded on delivering wellness from the ground up—the spirit of the global generosity movement resonates deeply within our Vionic DNA. Additionally, being part of the footwear industry presents us with unique ways to give back. The following are a few areas of interest that are near and dear to us when developing philanthropic partnerships through our charitable branch, Vionic Cares:

  • Environment and Sustainability
    • We are dedicated to leading in reducing our industry’s carbon footprint and contributing to the health of our planet.
  • Health and Wellness
    • We are dedicated to enhancing foot health and championing a more vibrant, active lifestyle for all.
  • Women’s Empowerment
    • We are dedicated to supporting women in all ways, especially as it relates to achieving independence in work and in life.
  • Childhood Cancer
    • We are dedicated to raising awareness and research funds on behalf of the PNOC Foundation, established by Vionic co-founder Bruce Campbell and his wife Allyn.   

Coming from a place of innovation, technology, and leadership in our field, we value similar fearless passion in organizations with whom we can collaborate to impact greater good.

Vionic Cares x GivingTuesday 2021

In the charitable spirit of this day, it’s our pleasure to donate $12,000 to Global Green

Here’s a little bit about Global Green and the other incredible organizations that we’ve aligned with this year. If the work they do also resonates with you, please consider donating to any one (or all) of them too! Thank you in advance for your support.

globalgreen.org

2021 total donations:  $12,000


Envisioning a future in which there is no conflict between economic need and systems of life, Global Green is leading a 10-year mission to champion a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.

bcrf.org

2021 total donations: 100% of proceeds (minimum of $75,000) from a limited-edition breast cancer awareness capsule collection.

Dedicated to preventing and curing breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research, BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide and the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the United States.

dressforsuccess.org

Annual Vionic product donation plus $20,000 in support

Empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life, Dress for Success operates in 23 countries and has served more than 1.2 million women worldwide.

pnocfoundation.org

stjude.org

2021 total donations: $15,000 plus $10,000 donated by Vionic customers via fundraising effort

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and PNOC Foundation (established by Vionic co-founder Bruce Campbell and his wife Allyn) to raise funds in support of both organizations’ childhood brain cancer research and treatment efforts. Brain cancer, the deadliest childhood cancer, remains vastly underfunded. Research dollars are critical to treating this disease and finding a cure.

fabiencousteauolc.org/proteus

$500,000 committed over the next 3 years to support the mission and innovation of Proteus.

A sustainable underwater human habitat for research, exploration, and awareness of the ocean, Fabien Cousteau’s Proteus will pioneer marine-developed advancements in climate solutions, renewable energy and food sources, future medicines and cures, and more.


STEPS TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY

Global Green is an organization focused on building partnerships which integrate shared interests to erase the conflicts between economic needs and ecological systems of life. Envisioning an abundant future for everyone on the planet, Global Green is on a 10-year mission to positively impact the environment, people’s lives, and business growth before climate change becomes irreversible. 

Inspired by this, and with our own commitment to honor the spirit of Earth Day—each and every day—Vionic is taking steps toward more sustainable practices. Starting with Vionic BEACH: Our earth-friendly, vegan-certified collection of coastal-style sneakers
made from materials that make a difference. 

With BEACH, we’re acting on our mission to reduce the use of fossil-fuel derived polymers in our outsoles by switching to soybean-based alternatives. At the same time, the textiles we use in this collection are fabricated with ethically-produced BCI™ cotton, or upcycled post-consumer polyester. The result is Vionic shoes that are as supportive and stylish as they’ve always been, but with a friendlier environmental footprint.
It’s good for us and for you. Best of all, it benefits the earth. 

With the strides we have taken, we know we have only just begun to scratch the surface of all that is possible, such as compostability of shoes. The footwear industry is entering an exciting time to become more green, and Vionic intends to lead as the sustainability movement grows.

We know that collective changes made by each of us, no matter how small they may be at the individual level, contribute to a profound impact from which the entire planet will benefit. Join us with your purchase on April 22 in a step toward sustainability, while enjoying our Vionic benefits of comfort, support, wellness and style—from the ground up!

SHOP ALL WOMEN’S AND MEN’S STYLES

Vionic Supports Dress for Success San Francisco with a Charitable Partnership

Vionic Shoes Partners with Dress for Success for Annual Stretch for Success Event 

Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and life. Vionic Shoes supports Dress for Success® San Francisco’s annual ‘Stretch for Success’, a women’s yoga and active lifestyle event celebrating fitness, family, and financial independence. 

Vionic has contributed a generous financial sponsorship and donated 100 pairs of shoes for Stretch for Success, which will take place for the 16th year on January 23rd. This year’s event will be held virtually, allowing participation from friends, family, and colleagues to join nationwide.

Stretch for Success is one aspect of Vionic Cares’ larger charitable partnership with Dress for Success, helping give women returning to the workforce a step up. The brand kicked off the partnership this past Giving Tuesday, donating a percentage of sales to the Dress for Success national chapter. 

“Dress for Success is authentic to Vionic’s ongoing commitment to supporting diverse communities of women as they get ‘up on their feet’. With true support, anything is possible. When we feel and look great, wellness happens and empowerment follows. This purpose is what both of our organizations stand for and the partnership is a perfect fit,” said Angela Caltagirone, SVP, Global Digital and Brand.

Vionic is committed to assisting women and men live their best and healthiest lives from the ground up—focusing on support, comfort, wellness, and inspiring styles. Vionic’s fashion-driven brand of supportive footwear combines its innovative Three-Zone Comfort technology with coveted modern classics and fresh trends. 

Visit www.sanfrancisco.dressforsuccess.org to learn more. 

Vionic Fans Raise Upwards of 10$K for Childhood Brain Cancer

This past September, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Vionic was honored to host a brain cancer research fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and PNOC (the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium Foundation), the latter of which was established by Vionic co-founder Bruce Campbell and his wife Allyn.

Thanks to the generous donations of Vionic customers and team members, we’re pleased to report that close to $10,000 was raised—100% of which was split equally between St. Jude and PNOC.

A diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating for all members of a family. Brain cancer, now the leading childhood cancer, remains vastly underfunded. Research dollars are critical to treating this disease and finding a cure. The promising news is that outcomes are improving. However, there’s much progress to be made, dependent on funds to support the research.

One of the rewarding things about a corporate mission focused on support, comfort, and wellness is the opportunity to partner with other groups—like St. Jude and PNOC—that are equally dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those they serve.

Through the work of our charitable division VIONIC CARES, we look forward to continuing these relationships and engaging with others to make a positive difference where and when we can.

The Gift of GIVING TUESDAY

For Giving Tuesday 2020, we are thrilled to host a fundraising effort on behalf of Dress for Success®️, an incredible organization committed to helping women return to the workforce, looking great and feeling confident. In honor of this year’s event, it’s our pleasure to announce that

1% of sales* made by Vionic on December 1st

will be donated to their national chapter,

benefiting women across the United States.

Since 2016 from our Bay Area headquarters, Vionic has had the privilege to collaborate with Dress for Success San Francisco on its annual fundraisers, such as:

  • Stretch for Success – a women’s yoga and active lifestyle event celebrating fitness, family, and financial independence
  • Annual Dinner and Silent Auction! – a springtime black-tie dinner and dance
  •  Holiday Soirée – a festive “shop, sip and support” mixer

Each local affiliate is a member of Dress for Success Worldwide, a global non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and personal development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

Women like Raji, a Product Marketing Associate in San Francisco, just one of countless women whose life has been forever changed by the charitable outreach of Dress for Success.

“I am so hesitant to ask for help, but Dress for Success built my confidence to lead.”

Raji, Client, San Francisco, USA

Read more about Raji’s experiences with the organization’s Professional Women’s Group and Going Places Network, as well as the skills she’s gained and why she now considers herself a leader. 

With the holiday gifting season now in full swing, we hope you’ll consider shopping with us on December 1st in support of Giving Tuesday 2020.

As this atypical year draws to a close, December’s focus on things that matter most—family, friends, and connections to the larger world—have reinforced importance. We truly all are “in this together!”

We’re grateful that the support, comfort, and wellness you get from Vionic shoes will help empower positive change the lives of deserving others, too.

Happy Holidays!

*On December 1, 2020, Vionic will donate 1% of gross sales from vionicshoes.com to Dress for Success (excludes shipping), minimum $2,500 is guaranteed. A copy of Dress for Success’s most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website (www.charitiesnys.com) or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or at 32 E31 Street New York, NY 10016. You may also obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at www.charitiesnys.com or (212) 416-8401. 

VIONIC CARES DONATES TO HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY | VIONIC CARES

Engaging to make a difference for good whenever and wherever we can, our charitable branch, Vionic Cares, has delivered shipments of our PRO line of footwear (designed with healthcare workers in mind) to front-line hospitals in New York City, San Francisco and New Orleans, along with a selection of our podiatrist-designed slip-in orthotic inserts to bring “the Vionic difference” to shoes these heroes already own. It’s our way of being able to say thanks and help with their long hours on the job.

Celebrating International Women’s Day, Every Day!

To celebrate International Women’s day 2020, Team Vionic gathered to view a TEDx Talk on the importance of advancing workplace equality by Shelley Zalis. As the CEO of The Female Quotient, she believes that gender equality is a social and economic imperative.

Inspired by Zalis’s work, we discussed how we could further support women in the workplace and brainstormed concrete actions we could take. We even wore our commitments on our sleeve, thanks to the International Women’s Day T-shirts created by our very own graphic designer Maria!

At Vionic, we empower women through the organizations we support, such as Dress for Success San Francisco, which helps women on the rise put their best foot forward. If you would like to learn more about Dress for Success or to donate online click here.