Janice Sears has served as Principal of JL Sears Consulting, Inc, based in Seattle, since 2004. Her consulting practice is built on the deisre to help organizations evolve and grow.
Janice brings more than 20 years of broad multi-channel retail and wholesale experience in merchandising, planning, marketing, finance, and operations to her clients. She received her MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado.
JL Sears Consulting, Inc focuses on merchandising and business strategy, building the roadmap for growth. Janice also works with internal teams on implementation.
As a former Vice President at Eddie Bauer, she was accountable for $1.6 billion in annual sales, which included 400+ stores in the US and Canada, catalog and internet sales, along with margin and profit. Janice directed strategic business planning, merchandise planning, inventory and margin management, and led the cross-functional business teams by channel to manage the P & L. She also drove system and business process improvement projects, and was integral to marketing, assortment planning and organizational development initiatives.
Janice held key buying positions with May Co in Denver after beginning her career in merchandising with Federated Department Stores in Los Angeles.
Given this experience, Janice is effective in working with a wide variety of brick and mortar retailers, catalogers, e-commerce companies and wholesalers.
Janice is currently an MBA mentor for the University of Washington Foster School of Business, a guest lecturer and has served on a variety of Advisory Boards. She is an advocate for the Salish Sea and Parks (National and Seattle) in a variety of capacities. After having been on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound for more than 10 years in a multitude of positions, as well as being a Big Sister herself, Janice is now on the Ambassador Board.
Janice is an avid skier and cyclist who writes a travel blog focused on the quest to visit all 59 National Parks.
J L Sears Consulting Inc donates a minimum of 5% percent of sales to saving the Salish Sea and supporting our local and National Parks.