B&P Industry Icon Event to Feature Former Claire’s Stores, Inc. Co-CEO & Co-Chair Marla Schaefer

Amid premium networking, business leaders and professionals from a wide array of fields will have the opportunity to hear from Marla Schaefer, the former Co-CEO and Co-Chair of the Board of Claire's Stores, Inc., the largest accessory retailer in the world, which she sold to private equity in 2007. Schaefer will keynote the season’s second Lewis Katz Industry Icon Series event on Thursday evening, March 14, 2019.

Networking will begin at 6:00 pm over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (dietary laws observed), and the program will start at 6:30 pm. The couvert for the event is $36 per person. As always, the Industry Icon Event will take place in Zinman Hall at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus, at 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. in Boca Raton.

Lauren Cohen and Jeff Shavitz, B&P Industry Icon Co-Chairs

Also deeply engaged in philanthropy, Marla is currently a trustee of Teachers College, Columbia University; National and International Board Member of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science; Board Member of Women in Distress of Broward County; member of the C200; and a Director of the Rowland & Sylvia Schaefer Family Foundation.

Named for a preeminent icon of industry and philanthropy, the Lewis Katz Industry Icon Series is a program of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P).

“It’s exciting to learn from those at the top of their game, and we know that Marla Schaefer’s experience, insights and leadership will be of high interest and great value to everyone, across our B&P Division’s broad range of industries and professions,” said Lauren Cohen, Industry Icon Series Co-Chair. “Over five years, our series has earned a strong reputation, and Marla Schaefer is sure keep the bar high. Our Icon guests receive a huge shot of motivation from our high-caliber presenters. They also build a richer community of business contacts and forge new friendships as they learn more about Jewish philanthropy and the tremendous good that results when caring people unite for a common cause.”

“The B&P Division, now co-chaired by Wendy Lipsich and Benjamin Gene, has built a diverse community of South Palm Beach County business leaders and professionals who look forward to gathering on a regular basis,” said Industry Icon Co-Chair, Jeff Shavitz. “We learn together as we make meaningful professional and personal connections through high-level networking opportunities, informative programs with industry experts and philanthropic activities. We keep redefining business networking, enabling valuable connections among a diverse group of professionals and entrepreneurs to help build their businesses – and our community.”

To RSVP, visit jewishboca.org/icon. For more information, contact Sonni Simon at 561.852.3128 or sonnis@bocafed.org.

The Industry Icon event is generously sponsored by Hotwire Communications, Marsh & McLennan, and GL Homes. The Boca Raton Observer is the event’s Exclusive Magazine Sponsor.

Marla Schaefer, Industry Icon Keynote Speaker

MARLA SCHAEFER

Marla Schaefer is the former Co-CEO and Co-Chair of the Board of Claire's Stores, Inc., the largest accessory retailer in the world, which she sold to private equity in 2007. Marla is currently a trustee of Teachers College, Columbia University; National and International Board Member of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science; Board Member of Women in Distress of Broward County; member of the C200; and a Director of the Rowland & Sylvia Schaefer Family Foundation.

Marla is a graduate of Florida International University, 1974 and holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, 2003. She and her husband Steven Weishoff reside in Boca Raton, Florida.