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The Leadership Lectures: George Feldenkreis

The Leadership Lectures feature world-class, accomplished and influential leaders with expertise ranging from business and philanthropy to public service and academic research. Through the Lectures we hope to allow our community to have access to the expertise, advice and best practices of some the world’s foremost leadership minds and so the lectures are free and open to the public.


  • 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. 

  • Date

    Monday, November 9, 2015


  • George Feldenkreis

    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.

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