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Joan Barnes - "Play it Forward"

Joan Barnes - "Play it Forward"

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 7:30pm

7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Annie BarrowsWarwick's is hosting founder and former CEO of Gymboree Joan Barnes on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her new memoir Play it Forward. 40 years ago, Ms. Barnes started the first Gymboree play center in a church basement with $3,000. Her goal was to create business opportunities and a strong community for women entrepreneurs. Now, Gymboree has grown into an innovative, billion-dollar household brand. Ms. Barnes was the principal owner of San Francisco-based YogaStudio for over a decade, pioneering "yoga lifestyle" in the mainstream. Her yoga business was acquired in late 2008 by Yoga Works, a chain of nearly 30 yoga studios, which in turn was sold in 2014. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

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Play It Forward details the remarkable journey of Joan Barnes, founder and former CEO of Gymboree, and how she learned to align her inner life with outward success. 

Forty years ago, Joan Barnes founded a play center in a church basement with $3,000. Determined to enable women to achieve personal and entrepreneurial success, Barnes led Gymboree to become an innovative leader in a new industry: activity-based early childhood development. The company eventually became a global billion-dollar brand. 

But this dramatic entrepreneurial memoir is also a cautionary tale and redemption story. When Gymboree's IPO became a phenomenal success story, Barnes was nowhere near Wall Street. She had left the company because of an eating disorder that threatened to destroy her and everything she built. 

Barnes overcame the disorder, charting a path that replaced demons with an enduring sense of worth and hope. She eventually resumed her business career on healthier terms with a line of yoga studios in an inspiring example of how women can triumph through reinvention. 

Published to coincide with Gymboree's 40th anniversary, Play It Forward offers readers a deeply honest perspective of the challenges of business building and seeking a work-life balance in tune with personal values.