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working happy | leading by example Suited for Success One Colleague’s Personal Connection to Our Annual Suit Drive ABONNI ANTHONY’S SMILE WILL GRAB YOUR ATTENTION. It’s part of her spirit that led her from unemployment to becoming one of our salaried professionals in Raleigh, N.C., while pursuing her doctorate in organizational leadership and helping new entrepreneurs. In 2008, Abonni had to quit her job for medical reasons. For six years, she ran a nonprofit from home while raising her three children. After her divorce, Abonni needed to rejoin the workforce. With no suit for job interviews, her sister referred her to Dress for Success Triangle, the local branch of the international organization that Robert Half partners with every year for our suit drive and other projects. Abonni’s sister, a longtime volunteer with the group, knew Abonni would receive an interview suit and a week’s worth of business attire. Little did she know that the Raleigh, N.C., affiliate works with Robert Half every year for our suit drive and other projects. Abonni Anthony Team members in Midland/Odessa, Texas, with donations for Midland Fair Havens “Once I became part of Dress for Success, I was hooked,” said Abonni, who then joined the organization’s Going Places Network. Sure enough, three weeks later, she found work as a temporary professional through Accountemps. During one of her assignments, Abonni found herself working alongside one of our consultants with Salaried Professional Service. She immediately called the local Robert Half office to learn more. Less than a month later, she became a salaried professional. She even turned down a full-time role at a client company before joining. “I didn’t want to be pigeonholed,” she said. “Being a salaried professional exposes me to many different industries.” The exposure paid off. This past June, Abonni attended Dress for Success Worldwide’s annual Success Summit in Phoenix as the delegate from her affiliate’s Professional Women’s Group. Delegates from around the globe develop a Community Action Project and compete for grant money. Winners are announced at the following year’s summit. Abonni designed her plan to assist 10 women on their entrepreneurial journey, one she embarked on herself when launching her own firm called Achieving Excellence Consulting, Inc. Meanwhile, she continues to build the relationship with Dress for Success and Robert Half, including helping to organize upcoming workshops on strategic career enhancements through temporary assignments. “I’m so thankful that Robert Half and Dress for Success have enabled me to marry two of my passions: building my industry profile and helping other women improve their lives.” Senior innovation manager Wendy Geise, application manager Heather Franklin-Tupper, Strategic Accounts contract manager Carolyn Barbagelata, Half Times editor Deborah Finestone and associate counsel Asalya Akhmerova at our Corporate Services office in San Ramon, Calif., collecting for Wardrobe for Opportunity and Dress for Success Team members in San Diego collecting for Dress for Success 24 HALF TIMES

leading by example | working happy Team members in Rochester, N.Y., with donations for Dress for Success Staffing support Natasha Lumba and Jessie Berry, senior lead administrator Leslie Gray, staffing support Gaby Garcia and lead administrator Clay Caravalho in Seattle with donations for Dress for Success SUIT DRIVE By the Numbers 321,400 Total number of items we’ve collected in the 15 years we’ve been holding suit drives. 24,000 Total number of items collected this year. 11,000 Items collected in 2002 — so donations have more than doubled since the first year. 115 Field offices and Corporate Services locations in North America that participated. Clockwise from back left, OfficeTeam account executive Stephanie Goble, Robert Half Accounting Operations recruiting manager Crystal Mallory, OfficeTeam division director Keisha Lawrence and Robert Half Accounting Operations recruiting manager Renee Sweis in Sacramento, Calif., packing up donations for WEAVE Working Wardrobes Team members in Naperville, Ill., collecting for Poised for Success HALF TIMES 25