The Founder’sMentality

The Key to AchievingSustainable Growth

Every great business founder has an origin story to tell. For Leslie Wexner, that story began one day in 1963, when, at the age of twenty-five, he concluded that he could create a retail business that would achieve better results than the one run by his parents.

Wexner had been born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, the son of a Russian-Jewish immigrant father who had emigrated to avoid persecution. His father, Harry Wexner, who never learned how to write, had worked his way up at a Chicago department store from package wrapper to store walker to window trimmer to manager; his mother, Bella Wexner, who had started at the Lazarus department store as an administrative assistant, had risen ...

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