Bonnie Schaefer National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), Equality Now, Women’s Division of The Weizmann Institute of Science
Bonnie Schaefer is the former Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of the Board of Claire’s Stores, Inc., the leading international specialty retailer offering valuepriced costume jewelry and accessories to fashion-aware tweens, teens and young adults through its two store concepts: Claire’s (North America and Europe) and Icing by Claire’s. Ms. Schaefer was also the Chairman of the Board of Claire’s Nippon, Co., Ltd, a joint venture operating accessory boutiques in Japan, formed by Claire’s Stores, Inc. and AEON, Co., Ltd., a $30 billion specialty retailer.
Ms. Schaefer joined Claire’s Stores in 1987, working as a sales associate and then progressing to more senior positions. After a brief respite, she returned to Claire’s Stores in 1990 to focus on visual merchandising efforts and store operations.In 1996, she was promoted to Executive Vice-President of Claire’s Boutiques, Inc. and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1998. In 1999, Ms. Schaefer became Co-Vice-Chairman of the Board. In that capacity, Ms. Schaefer played a key leadership role in store and field operations, while continuing to oversee Claire’s Stores real estate operations, both in the U.S. and abroad. In connection with the latter activities, she was head of an internal committee responsible for evaluating and approving potential leasing transactions. Ms. Schaefer was deeply involved in all facets of the Company’s international expansion, with the heads of each European division reporting directly to her. In addition, Ms. Schaefer was in charge of an internal steering committee for Claire’s Europe, which directed international expansion.
Ms. Schaefer attended the University of Miami and Skidmore College. She also studied in Florence, Italy through the Florida State University Overseas Study Center.Ms. Schaefer is an active participant in a number of charitable and community organizations. Included among these are the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC); Equality Now; and the Women’s Division of The Weizmann Institute of Science, where she serves on the Host Committee and was honored as a Woman of Vision in 2000. She was also co-chair of the Ms. Foundation’s 2007 “Gloria Awards”.As well, Ms. Schaefer is a founding member of the High Country Women’s Fund in NC; Board member of the Appalachian State University’s Summer Music Program; and is on the Board of Trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Ms. Schaefer makes frequent speaking appearances, the most recent taking place before the Women’s Executive Leadership Committee.