Fashion choices can help inspire trust, says Jayda Batchelder. Courtesy of Dallas Doing Good

Shopping & Fashion

This Nonprofit Leader Says Her Fashion is a Balance Between Stylish and Authentic

Education Opens Doors Executive Director Jayda Batchelder aims for a classic, chic look—with a pop of bold.

What I Do:
I’m fortunate to lead an innovative college and career readiness nonprofit organization that impacts more than 10,000 middle school students across North Texas annually. Education Opens Doors brings an incredible curriculum into schools and works directly with teachers to ensure students are prepared for college and a successful life after high school. 

Style icon:
I’m not sure I have a single style icon, per se. But in general, I am drawn to confident, strong, elegant women, like Meghan Markle, Olivia Wilde, Cleo Wade, and Cate Blanchett.

Style Defined:
For me, it’s about finding the balance between stylish and authentic, while being professional.   

On the Job:
No two days are ever the same. If I am doing public speaking to raise awareness for our work or asking a philanthropist for a major gift, I am dressed to impress and instill confidence (yet, always on a nonprofit budget!). On days when I am collaborating with my team, visiting a school, or engaging in the community, I’m much more of a creature of comfort in athleisure or business casual. 

Fashion Essentials:
My KREWE sunglasses. As a former New Orleanian, I love to carry a piece of that vibrant city with me wherever I go. 

What Inspires Me:
How I show up has always mattered to me; I’ve always wanted to inspire trust, professionalism, and passion. I’m a traveler, too, and love European style. We do live in Dallas; the unpredictable weather can trump style! 

Go-To Look:
I prefer simple, classy pieces to which I can add something unique. Most days, I choose crop pants with a bold blouse or a cape jacket.  

How I Accessorize:
I believe accessories make an outfit—or at least help it go from day to night. For jewelry, you won’t catch me without my Jack Mason watch and fun earrings. And whenever I’m overseas for social impact efforts or conferences, I try to bring home a unique, classy piece of jewelry or an accessory from wherever I visit. 

Weekend Look:
Since my work wardrobe is intended to help build the name, brand, and legitimacy of my organization, my weekend is all about relaxing in joggers and athleisure.

Favorite Stores:
That’s tricky! I am a fan of supporting local boutiques, especially those that are women-owned, when I can. A lot of my basics come from other faves, like Modern Citizen, Vince, BLDWN, and Zara. I
shop with my gut; I’m always looking for chic with a pop.    

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