Leslie & Abigail Wexner
Leslie & Abigail Wexner bios
Leslie H. Wexner, Founder of Limited Brands, started the company in Columbus, Ohio in 1963 with one store and first year sales of $160,000.
Mr. Wexner serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Limited Brands, which includes Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel. The company’s products are available at more than 3,000 stores around the world and online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.
His areas of community interest include the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; the Wexner Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital, Columbus; the Martin Luther King Center for the Performing Arts, Columbus; and the Wexner Heritage Village. Mr. Wexner was a recipient of The Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award of the United Way of America, Woodrow Wilson Award for Citizenship, Ordre des arts et des letters, Knight of the Italian Republic and The American Jewish Committee Herbert H. Lehman Centennial Leadership Award. He was a founding member and the first chair of The Ohio State University Foundation.
Mr. Wexner is Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Member of the Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Trustee of the Columbus Jewish Federation and Foundation; Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company International Council; Member of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs; and Chairman of The Columbus Partnership.
Mr. Wexner has a profound interest in the development of tomorrow’s leaders through the works of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University; Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership; and The Wexner Foundation.
Mr. Wexner holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and honorary degrees from The Ohio State University; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; University of Tel Aviv; Hofstra University; Marietta College; Hebrew Union College; The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Yeshiva University; and Brandeis University. Mr. Wexner was inaugurated by Harvard University into the Society of John Harvard Fellows, and serves as a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Abigail S. Wexner, lawyer and community activist is involved in philanthropic work nationally and locally, with a particular focus on children’s issues.
Mrs. Wexner is the Founder and Chair of The Center for Family Safety and Healing, an organization working to break the cycle of family violence in homes, schools, work places, and neighborhoods throughout central Ohio. Toward this end, The Center, under Mrs. Wexner’s leadership, has mobilized community resources, raised community awareness, supported new initiatives for prevention and intervention, and increased community participation in the area of family violence. In 1998, Mrs. Wexner created The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day, an equestrian show jumping event, designed to raise money annually for the Coalition. Since its inception, The Classic has raised over $17 million to benefit the Coalition.
In addition to her work in the area of family violence, Mrs. Wexner serves on the boards of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Limited Brands, Pelotonia, The Wexner Center Foundation and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. She is the Founder and Chair of the Board for KidsOhio.org and the Center for Child and Family Advocacy; Chair of the Boards of Directors, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Inc. and Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Vice Chair of the Board of KIPP Journey Academy and a past Chair of the Governing Committee of The Columbus Foundation. Mrs. Wexner also held a Presidential appointment to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
From 1994 to 1996, Mrs. Wexner led the YWCA Capital Campaign Cabinet, an all-women team that raised $15 million dollars for the renovation of the downtown (Columbus) facility. Prior to moving to Columbus, she practiced law from 1987 to 1992 with the London and New York offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell. She is a graduate of the Dwight School, New York City; Barnard College at Columbia University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa; and New York University School of Law.
Mr. and Mrs. Wexner are the parents of four children.
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