Suzanne Lerner boasts decades of experience in business, as well as a background in grassroots activism with a primary focus on gender and racial equality, economic empowerment, and social justice. In 1986, she co-founded clothing company Michael Stars of which she now serves as President. Her second career is philanthropy and giving back to communities both domestically and internationally. She supports numerous causes personally, as well as through the Michael Stars Foundation.

Her true passion is advocating for gender equality and she believes that a woman’s success shouldn’t be determined by where she is from and what she looks like. Her commitment to this belief started in her early twenties when she spent five years traveling the world and saw firsthand the inequality that existed in the world. 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.

The organizations Suzanne supports include the Ms. Foundation, which was co-founded by Gloria Steinem, and is dedicated to building women’s collective power for social, economic, and reproductive justice. Suzanne serves on its board and was honored to receive its ‘Women of Vision’ award in 2015. Suzanne also serves on the board of the Women Thrive Alliance, which works to empower women through grassroots advocacy initiatives so their perspectives and solutions can shape policies that affect gender equality. In addition, she is a board member of the ACLU of Southern California, and an advisory board member of Prosperity Catalyst and Children Mending Hearts.


What started as a brand devoted to creating the perfect tee has evolved into a full collection of luxury essentials that embody the modern California lifestyle for women and men.

Michael Stars offers an elevated approach to a lifestyle collection, which features sweaters, jackets, dresses, bottoms, accessories and perfectly constructed basics. The brand is distributed internationally through various department stores, specialty stores as well as branded retail stores and michaelstars.com

True to its name, Michael Stars dresses celebrities including Emily Blunt, Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde, January Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmy Rossum and Maria Bello. Fans of the brand include style setters and fashion bloggers like Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty, Kimberly Pesch
of Eat.Sleep.Wear. and Sydne Summer of Sydne Style.

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