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Maxine Clark, Kathy Mazzarella and Dr. Beth Stroble

Join us Thursday, March 19 for a panel discussion featuring Maxine Clark, Build-A-Bear Workshop founder, and Kathy Mazzarella, chief executive officer and president of Graybar.  Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble will moderate the discussion.

During this event, the panelists will draw upon their personal career experiences and offer insights on leading.  Attendees are encouraged to review the articles, “What’s Keeping Women From the Corporate Heights,” and, “Fostering Women Leaders: A Fitness Test for Your Top Team,” prior to the event.

“Women in Leadership”
Thursday, March 19

Networking Reception from 5 -6 p.m.
Panel Discussion from 6-7 p.m.
Webster University’s East Academic Building – Edward Jones Commons
545 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119
RSVP to attend this free event.

If you are unable to attend, a recording of the presentation will be made available on the Walker School’s website after the event.

View a video honoring women in leadership.

About the Panelists

Maxine Clark founded Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience, in 1997, and she served as the Chief Executive Bear until June, 2013. Today there are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Mexico and the Middle East.

In addition to her Board service to Build-A-Bear Workshop, she serves on the Board of Directors of Footlocker, Inc. She and her husband Bob Fox are founding donors of KIPP Inspire Academy and Clark is the chair of the charter school advisory Board of Trustees. In 2006, she published her first book, “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart.”

Kathy Mazzarella was named president and chief executive officer of Graybar in 2012.  In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the business and sets the strategic direction for Graybar’s sales and marketing efforts. Mazzarella is a member of Graybar’s board of directors and most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. During her more than 30-year career with the company, she has held leadership positions in sales, marketing, human resources and strategic planning.

She serves on the boards of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), NAW Institute and St. Louis Club.  She also serves on the NAED Channel Advantage Partnership Council and the Advisory Board for Webster University’s Walker School of Business & Technology.

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