Maxine Clark, Chief Inspirator, CEO & Founder | Delmar DevINe

August 3, 2023 at St. Louis Rotary Club

Maxine Clark is one of the true innovators in the retail industry. During her career, her ability to spot emerging retail and merchandising trends and her insight into the desires of the American consumer have generated growth for retail leaders, including department store, discount and specialty stores. In 1997, she founded Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience. Today there are more than 500 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide. Cumulative sales have exceeded $8 billion and over 190 million stuffed animals have been sold world-wide. In June 2013, Maxine stepped down from her Chief Executive Bear role to apply her entrepreneurial skills to her passion for improving K-12 public education and encouraging and investing in women and minority entrepreneurs.

Our Mission
Delmar DivINe supports and stimulates the work of some of the best social service agencies in St. Louis. Through a combination of shared space, capacity-building programs, and support services, Delmar DivINe catalyzes a vibrant, collaborative group of organizations that deliver effective services to clients, customers, and community.
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