Maxine Clark to keynote Light’s Women in Business event

A scene from the Jewish Light’s 2012 Women in Business networking event. This year, Build-a-Bear Founder Maxine Clark will speak at the event,  which takes place Tuesday, June 18 at Ces & Judy’s, 10405 Clayton Road in Le Chateau Village, Frontenac. Jewish Light file photo

The St. Louis Jewish Light will hold its second annual Women in Business networking event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Ces & Judy’s (, 10405 Clayton Road in Le Chateau Village, Frontenac. 

Maxine Clark, founder and “Chief Executive Bear” of Build-a-Bear Workshop, ( will be featured as the keynote speaker. Clark set the retail world on fire when she started her unique business in 1997.  

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Previously, she was president of Payless ShoeSource and spent over 19 years working for various divisions of the May Company, including merchandise development, planning and research.  She is widely recognized as a leader among entrepreneurs in her ability to spot trends in retail and merchandising.  Her company was recently named to the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work for list for the fifth year in a row.  She sits on numerous corporate and educational boards and has won countless awards for her contributions to the retail industry.  A tireless advocate for education, particularly in the City of St. Louis, Clark is a founding donor of KIPP Inspire Academy.

Exhibitors at the event will be from a wide variety of businesses, including but not limited to professional women in accounting, finance, insurance, hospitality, education, real estate and retail.  

Overlook Farm, ( a bed and breakfast in Clarksville, Mo., is the title sponsor.  The June 19 issue of the Jewish Light will feature profiles of the women-run or owned businesses that are exhibiting at the event.  

The Light’s Women in Business event is a great opportunity to network with women from all over the St. Louis area.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  There is no charge to attend the event, but registration is required and is available online at, or by calling 314-743-3600. Exhibit space still available — call Beth Feldman at 314-743- 3662 for more information.