Dorrit Bern is the former Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Charming Shoppes, a Fortune 600 company with 3 billion in revenue .Dorrit formulated a new business strategy to save a company headed for bankruptcy prior to 1995. From 1995 to 2008, she grew the corporation from a $1 billion single channel bricks and mortar retailer, to a $3 billion multi-channel corporation with e-commerce outlet stores and catalog direct marketing. She launched and published Figure Magazine, a nationally distributed magazine devoted to plus-size women. In addition to the main office in Hong Kong, Dorrit opened offices in China, Singapore, India and Bangladesh in order to have more private label penetration.
From 1993 to 1995, Dorrit served as Sears Roebuck & Co. Officer of the Corporation, Women’s Apparel and Home Fashion. She was the first woman officer in Sears’ history and executed the “Softer Side of Sears” initiative.
The business community has bestowed many honors on Dorrit:
Distinguished Leadership Award, Foster School of Business, University of Washington;
Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business,
Women of Distinction Award University of Washington,
Moore College Visionary Award,, 2004
HUG , (Help Us Give Award) 2005.
Greater Philadelphia Region Ernest and Young Entrepreneur Award 2001.
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Paradigm Award 2006.
Corporate boards have sought Dorrit’s advice on their boards of directors and she has served on five public companies including Southern Company, Office Max, Brunswick, Wet Seal and P.R.E.I.T. as well as two private companies, Webtuner and U.S. Foodservice.
Dorrit is on the J. Baker Retail Board at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania and the Foster Business School board University of Washington. She was the Fritsky Leadership Chair at the U of Washington in 2009.
Dorrit’s family includes three sons, two daughters in law, and five beautiful grandchildren.