The Columbus Chamber and Columbus CEO magazine announce the CEO Insights event series. The series kicks off Oct. 11 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown with a breakfast discussion featuring guest CEO Les Wexner, chairman and CEO of Limited Brands, Inc.

From the Chamber's event announcement and registration page:

In an interview hosted by 10TV's Kristyn Hartman, the visionary Mr. Wexner will share insights with small business CEOs about seizing challenges, growing a business, leadership lessons and giving back.

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, C.O. Bigelow, La Senza, White Barn Candle Co. and Henri Bendel. The company's products are available at over 3,000 stores around the world and online at,, and

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 Chairman, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees; 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.

Mr. Wexner and his wife, Abigail, are the parents of four children.