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Maxine Clark

Maxine Clark

Founder & Chief Executive Bear

Build-A-Bear Workshop

St. Louis, MO

After a 20+ career in retailing , I decided to reinvent the shopping experience for children and children at heart. In 1997, we opened our first store in St. Louis, MO and now 16 years later, we have over 400 stores worldwide, have sold over 110 million stuffed animals and done over $4 billion in revenue. We are publicly tr...




" If you can live your imagination, your life will be a dream come true."

Mentoring women who are thinking of starting their own business or are already entrepreneurs, advising people who want to be on public or not for profit boards and also how to gain a seat at the table of influence in your community.

is to use my entrepreneurial experience to reinvent public education and inspire other big thinkers to apply their business acumen to creating an environment so that all children have access to a quality education.

Footlocker, Inc.

Member, Board of Directors


Board Chair and Member, Board of Directors

Board member

Teach for America

Board of Directors

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Founder & Chief Executive Bear/ CEO

Washington University in St. Louis

Member, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

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Various titles from Exec. Trainee to President, Payless ShoeSource

JC Penney

Board of Directors

Saint Louis University

Honorary Doctor of Laws

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ABJ, Journalism