CEO of Leading Female Retail Apparel Company Offers Advice to MBA Students

Dorrit Bern, chief executive officer of Charming Shoppes, the nation’s third-largest, specialty, retail-apparel holding company for women, which includes Fashion Bug and Lane Bryant stores, presented to one-year MBA students as part of the School of Business Administration’s Leadership Luncheon Lecture Series Sept. 27 in The Tuttleman Center.

Second in a series of seven lectures, Bern’s discussion described her beginnings as a 092707sba.jpgwomen’s sportswear buyer and how she climbed the corporate ladder and successfully broke through “the glass ceiling” to become a top executive at Sears, Roebuck and Company, among several other leading retailers. 

In addition to discussing her career and personal life, which included a stint as a professional golfer, she also offered advice, stating that women and men can have successful careers while simultaneously raising a family.  She also noted the importance of networking and charged students to take challenging positions.  “Take risks; that’s how you will be noticed,” she said.

The SBA Leadership Luncheon Lectures Series will continue on Thursday, Oct. 11 with a presentation by Janet Grace, project manager of Athenian Properties LLC.  To learn more about upcoming SBA events, CLICK HERE >>

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