Cool Friend: Maxine Clark

If you’ve ever looked into Tom’s slides, you’ve heard of our new Cool Friend, Maxine Clark. She calls herself “Chief Executive Bear” of her company, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Where Best Friends Are Made®. If you know any children under the age of twelve, you’ve probably seen one of the bears. Maxine has written a book to tell her story: The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart, which we talk about with her. Here’s a sample of what she has to say:

I do believe in the power of possibility. If you want to do something badly enough, you can find a way in today’s world. You can change your life by finding the right company to work for, the right company to do business with. I feel very fortunate to have grown up in a time when there was so much going on in the world. How could I not be an optimist? There’s been so much wonderful change and so many possibilities unfolding right before my eyes.

Read the rest of the Cool Friends interview, or go to her website,, and make yourself a bear.

Cathy Mosca posted this on November 17, 2006, in Cool Friends.
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