Suzanne Lerner

Co-Founder & President of Michael Stars

Suzanne Lerner boasts decades of experience in business, as well as a background in philanthropy with a primary focus on gender equality, economic empowerment, ​and social justice. In 1983, Lerner founded Lerner et Cie, a wholesale fashion showroom, currently with four locations nationwide. In 1986, Lerner co-founded retail clothing company Michael Stars of which she now serves as President. Lerner’s second career is philanthropy and giving back to communities both domestically and abroad. She supports numerous causes personally, as well as through the Michael Stars Foundation. She is an advocate for gender equality and believes that a woman’s success shouldn’t be decided by where she is from. Her commitment to this belief started in her early twenties when she spent five years traveling the world and saw firsthand the gender inequality that exists. Realizing then that we’re all citizens of this world, Suzanne has made it her mission to support women’s rights both in business and her personal life. Suzanne serves on the board of Women Thrive Alliance, Ms. Foundation, and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. She is an active member of Women Donors Network and Women Moving Millions, and funds a number of NGOs that focus on women’s empowerment, economic stability, and social justice. She currently resides in Los Angeles. To learn more about Suzanne Lerner, visit