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The Leadership Lectures: George Feldenkreis

About the Lecture

The entrepreneurial leader in an ever-changing world.

George Feldenkreis’ remarks will touch on the multifaceted role of an entrepreneurial leader in an ever-changing market. Business leaders often need to have the ability to create something out of nothing, while riding herd on consumer demands and operational imperatives, and keeping track of  important industry trends. Mr. Feldenkreis will relate how resourcefulness, creativity, mental strength, and persistence are some of the key traits shared by successful entrepreneurs. He will also outline how the best business leaders never stop learning and embracing change, and how they’re continually on the lookout for innovative new ways to communicate with consumers. 

About the Speaker

George Feldenkreis

George Feldenkreis is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Perry Ellis International, a Doral-based apparel firm he founded and built into a multinational corporation with annual global retail sales approaching $2 billion. Born in Cuba to Eastern European immigrants, George earned a law degree from the University of Havana before fleeing to Miami in February 1961 with only $700 and a passable grasp of English. In 1967 he formed Supreme International, a company that imported children’s school uniforms and men’s sportswear from Japan. After going public in 1993 and purchasing the rights to the Perry Ellis trademark six years later, Supreme International changed its name to Perry Ellis International. Today the company employs more than 2,600 people and has offices, stores and sourcing operations around the world. An accomplished philanthropist, George and his wife, Mariita Feldenkreis, are members of the United Way’s Million Dollar Roundtable.

Mr. Feldenkreis’ talk will detail how capable business leaders tend to be self-aware, able to learn from criticism and unwilling to compromise their ideals. Finally, there will be an exploration of the challenges businesspeople should be prepared to overcome, insight on staying focused in the face of adversity, and an assertion that ethical decision-making, decisive leadership and taking calculated risks can positively impact an organization.


November 9, 2015 at 11 a.m.


Graham Center Ballrooms, Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8 Street, Miami, Florida 33199

The Leadership Lectures are presented with the generous support of Mercantil Bank.

Mercantil Commercebank

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