Narie Foster is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor who co-founded M.M.LaFleur, a direct-to-consumer fashion brand for professional women. She spent five years as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, helping to grow the company to $75 million in revenue, over 200 employees, and Series B funding. Narie led the build-out of M.M.LaFleur’s e-commerce, customer experience, fulfillment operations, software engineering, product management, people operations, and company culture. In 2016, Narie was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Retail & E-Commerce, and in 2017, M.M.LaFleur was #43 on Inc.’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America.
Narie now advises early-stage startups, teaches and mentors entrepreneurs, and incubates new projects. She considers herself an expert generalist and particularly loves organizing chaos, learning about human behavior, and solving problems that require both art and science. Narie has lectured on entrepreneurship at Cornell, MIT, Columbia Business School, the Wharton School, NYU Stern, Techstars, and Edinburgh’s CodeBase. Outside of the business world, Narie can be found writing, running, turning lunch meetings into philosophical conversations, and helping her scientist parents build an unusual retirement house in the Pacific Northwest. When she cannot be found, it’s because she’s off exploring somewhere new.
Narie began her career as a management consultant at Bain & Company, and before starting M.M.LaFleur ran operations and finance at a boutique entertainment agency. Narie has a B.S. in Systems Engineering from Cornell University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.