Secrets of Success: Maxine Clark


A former executive with Payless Shoe Source, Clark switched gears and created her own specialty retail business of custom-made teddy bears, Build-A-Bear Workshops with sales of over $474 million.

Her secret to success: “My mother was a great influence in helping me see the importance of giving back to the community. Mom was a force for change in the ’60s for children with Down Syndrome–she saw the possibilities in all children, especially the ‘differently abled.’ While I chose a career in business vs. social work, I can say that my mother’s focus on opportunity for all children is part of who I am and what our company stands for.”

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