Hortense Odlum (1892–?), U.S. businesswoman. A Woman's Place, ch. 17 (1939).
On first beginning to work at Bonwit Teller in 1932; it was a New York City women's store which was then failing. Odlum's husband, a wealthy businessman, had acquired an interest in the store. Odlum had never held a job when she acquiesced to his request that she study it and advise on how to address its problems. The workforce was understaffed, demoralized, and gloomy.