The Children’s Place President and CEO Jane Elfers began her career in retail after college in the Bamberger’s training program and has never looked back. “I love the complexity and fast pace of retail” she says, “and the ability to control your own destiny”. As CEO of The Children’s Place, Elfers has transformed the company from a sleepy brick and mortar children’s clothing store to a digital first leader in specialty retail through strong design and merchandising coupled with strategic ‘self-help’ initiatives. Since joining in 2010, the stock price has increased fivefold under her leadership!
She has one speed – win speed – and believes that grit is the most important trait of a retail leader. The best career advice she ever received was “Never stop asking questions”. And so, when Jane advises the next generation of talent interested in building a career in retail, she asks “Do you have grit? Are you super competitive? Tenacious? Focused? Smart? Collaborative? Driven?” “If they answered yes to all of these,” she says “they might just like a career in retail.”