Allison Samek

If you’re after cutting-edge Southern California style, Fred Segal is where you go to get it. From clothing to accessories to home décor, if you pick it up at one of two Los Angeles locations, there’s a guaranteed cool factor.  At the top of the Fred Segal empire, you’ll find CEO, Allison Samek. Armed with a Stanford MBA, Allison rapidly started climbing the ladder with stints at eBay in their fashion category and another at the longtime LA retailer, Ron Herman. Allison shares with Linda why she suddenly stepped away from her job to be a full-time mom to her two sons—and then had the self-actualization to admit she missed working outside the home. With audacity and hutzpah, Allison shares how she overcame the “imposter syndrome” (that so many of us get when we’ve been at home with kids for awhile) and jumped back into retail, snagging the head honcho job at Fred Segal. Hear this retail maven’s savvy tips for re-entering the work force with aplomb—and managing a career with motherhood.

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