Dr. Weisbard’s Philosophy of Giving Back
Dr. Lee Weisbard is involved in many local organizations and actively gives back to the community. It is her belief that we can lift up our community and are responsible to make a difference by giving back in ways that only we can give. The top organization that she is involved in is Dress for Success. She is able to provide free dental services and dental education, as well as donate her time and used equipment to the organizations she is involved with.
Meet Kara Burns
Kara Burns was released from federal prison in 2014, a broken woman, today she is determined to help change the world. This story of transformation from a methamphetamine addict, a felon who served 2.5 years in Federal Prison, her courageous spirit has helped transform many people with her narratives about spirit and personal motivation.
As a teenager, rebellious with all avenues blocked Kara turned to drugs. As Kara’s battle with alcohol and meth addition escalated the effects of drug abuse manifested itself not only inside her body but outside. Her teeth began rotting out of her mouth. Through many failed attempts to quit, her life eventually spiraled out of complete control. She was homeless and now seriously addicted and shooting meth. As she headed further into the abyss of her addiction she tried to quit many times, but was unsuccessful. Eventually she was indicted on a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She was subsequently released back into society clean and drug-free, but as a newly-released felon, she faced a new set of challenges.
Kara eventually went to a Dress for Success event in Denver where she was given her first real clothes in 2.5 years. It was her chance meeting with Dr. Weisbard that proved the transformative powers of a smile. Dr. Weisbard provided the much needed dental work to give Kara the confidence to step into the leadership role that was her calling. Kara gained the courage to believe in her strength and is now employed at Work Options for Women, a non-profit that helps people overcome barriers to sustainable employment. Since 1997 they have helped to train and employ over 3,000 individuals in the Denver metro area.
Dressed For Confidence
It was at a Dress for Success breakfast meeting that Dr. Lee Weisbard heard Kara speak about her personal struggles and decided that she could help Kara regain her confidence by redoing all of her teeth free of charge. This physical transformation helped Kara triumph in her journey towards healing and led her towards helping others. She is now a spokesperson for Dress for Success. After having gone through such a harrowing experience Kara is giving back to women. She has become a beacon of hope and inspiration for anyone who feels like success is unattainable. Today Kara is all about helping others move forward and her story gives others hope that they can start to make good decisions and take charge of their own lives.
Watch: The Kara Burns Story
What is Dress for Success?
The Dress for Success mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing them with a network of support, professional clothing, and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. They believe that every woman has the right to realize her full potential, and that achieving gender equality is imperative to developing a sustainable and just world for everyone. Learn more about the Denver chapter of Dress for Success here.