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Karen Katz, Neiman Marcus CEO to Receive McLane Award

October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

On Wednesday, November 3, Karen Katz will receive the 2010 McLane Leadership in Business Award, in recognition of her extraordinary achievements in business, distinguished by inspired leadership and a commitment to excellence. The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at 6:00 pm in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library Center. The event is sponsored by the Bush School’s Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy and the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Katz and Dale Thompson enjoy a lively onstage discussion on leadership.
Special guests for the event are Anita Perry, First Lady of Texas, and the Honorable Mica Mosbacher, Honorary Consul of Iceland. Mrs. Mosbacher is the widow of the late Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr., 28th Secretary of Commerce of the United States and the namesake of the Mosbacher Institute. The program will also include a discussion on leadership with Ms. Katz and Dale Thompson, Founder and CEO, Leadership Worth Following, LLC.

The annual McLane Award for Excellence in Leadership recognizes a prominent individual in the field of business for outstanding contributions in the area of business, public service, or community service at the national level. The purpose of the award is to highlight the different roles that business plays in maintaining the economic, political, and social vitality of our nation. The aim is to also educate our youth and the general public about corporate citizenship and to instill in them a dedication to public service.

Texas First Lady Anita Perry
Karen Katz is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., recognized as the premier retailer of luxury and fashion merchandise in the United States. Founded in 1907 in Dallas, Texas, the company has always been known for its commitment to merchandising excellence and customer service.

Ms. Katz joined NMG in 1985 as a Merchandise Manager of Neiman Marcus, Town & Country in Houston, Texas. In her 25-year career she has held a number of management and leadership positions within the company. As President and CEO, Ms. Katz oversees the strategic direction, operations, and expansion of The Neiman Marcus Group, a multi-channel retailer known primarily for its specialty retail stores, including 41 Neiman Marcus stores, Bergdorf-Goodman in New York, the Last Call Off-Price division and CUSP; and Neiman Marcus Direct. NMG employs over 12,000 associates in stores, divisions and facilities nationwide.

Ms. Katz was educated at the University of Texas and received an MBA from the University of Houston. She has attended executive education programs, with special emphasis in customer service, at Harvard University, Graduate School of Business.

The Honorable Mica Mosbacher
This is a ticketed event.  Free tickets are available at the Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau, KBTX-TV, WTAW, The Bryan/College Station Eagle, the Texas A&M University MSC Box Office, and the Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library.  Please do not bring backpacks, bags, cameras, or other personal belongings. 

For more information, contact:  Jody Ono, Assistant Director, Mosbacher Institute, 979-845-1532, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)