Businesswoman shopped only at Goodwill for a year
Jean Kelley’s book, “Dress like a Million from Goodwill” merges two of her greatest interests: fashion and making a difference.
Jean Kelley, right, shops at Goodwill’s retail store at 3110 Southwest Blvd.
Jean Kelley says a person’s online searches tell a lot about them. Her own search history — koala surgery, Andy Rooney, free rap beats — provides a glimpse into a woman with myriad interests and the ability to juggle a successful career along with diverse hobbies such as abstract painting and track driving a sports car.
Professionally, Kelley owned and operated a personnel company for 25 years. Since selling it in 2001, she has focused on business coaching and leadership assessment and development for executives mostly in the oil and gas and manufacturing industries.
Her book “Dress like a Million from Goodwill” — which she self-financed and self-published in December 2017 — merges two of her greatest interests: fashion and making a difference.
“I wrote the book for the many people whose lives are radically improved because of Goodwill,” says Kelley, a longtime member of the nonprofit’s board of directors.
The book, Kelley’s fifth, draws on her years observing how clothing projects an image. In it, Kelley encourages readers to shop at Goodwill’s retail stores, where she says “you can dress for less, help the planet and employ more people.” Retail sales of donated clothing and housewares go toward employees’ salaries and job-training programs.
“I didn’t set out to do this,” Kelley says of writing “Dress Like a Million.” “It ended up more of a calling than a project.” That calling found her a few years ago when she decided to buy clothes only from Goodwill for 12 months.