Former Claire’s Stores Leaders To Headline Federation’s Industry Icon Event


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Hear business tips from Boca resident Marla Schaefer, the former Co-CEO and Co-Chair of the Board of Claire’s Stores, Inc. during the next Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Lewis Katz Industry Icon Series event.

Considered one of the largest accessory retailers in the world, Claire’s was sold to a private equity firm in 2007. She will keynote the event at 6 p.m. on March 14 at Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd.

“It’s exciting to learn from those at the top of their game, and we know that Marla Schaefer’s experience, insights and leadership will be of high interest and great value to everyone, across our B&P Division’s broad range of industries and professions,” said Lauren Cohen, Industry Icon Series Co-Chair. “Over five years, our series has earned a strong reputation, and Marla Schaefer is sure to keep the bar high. Our Icon guests receive a huge shot of motivation from our high-caliber presenters. They also build a richer community of business contacts and forge new friendships as they learn more about Jewish philanthropy and the tremendous good that results when caring people unite for a common cause.”

Also deeply engaged in philanthropy, Schaefer is currently a trustee of Teachers College, Columbia University; National and International Board Member of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science; Board Member of Women in Distress of Broward County; member of the C200; and a Director of the Rowland & Sylvia Schaefer Family Foundation.

Networking will begin at 6:00 pm over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (dietary laws observed), and the program will start at 6:30 pm. The cover for the event is $36 per person. To RSVP, visit