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How the Role of a Retail Marketer Has Changed ... In 5 Words or Less

One of my favorite parts of Luxury Interactive, which I attended earlier this week in New York City, was hearing a panel of retail and luxury marketing executives answer a simple question lobbed by the panel's moderator, W. Joe DeMiero, managing director of digital at advertising agency Team One. At the end of the “Heads…
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The Write Stuff

There’s nothing better then cozying up with a book on a Sunday in the fall. Snuggled under a blanket with hot coffee while the crisp air blows ... it's the best! Well, at least for most of us. The other week the National Book Foundation announced the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards.…
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Why Women Need Meditation

Women are moving ahead at a faster pace than ever in the workforce. As of 2015, about 70 percent of women with children under age 18 were in the workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 1975, only 47.4 percent of mothers with children under the age of 18 were in the workforce.…
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We've Come a Long Way, Baby!

The Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year! Can you believe it? It's been five years since we started connecting women leaders in the retail space at a gathering in Miami. Since that first Summit in April 2014, WIRLS has tripled in size! And we're open for business! The 2018…
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‘When They Go Low, We Go High’

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite people :) Yesterday, Philadelphia become the city of sisterly love as it hosted the 14th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. With 12,000 women strong, the event is the largest annual gathering of women in the country. This year's speaker lineup included fabulous women such as…
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6 Secrets to Working Out Efficiently AND Effectively

In my last article, I offered you reasons to feel good about bumping exercise into a higher spot on your priority list. Now I want to share my secrets for maximizing your workout time so when you’re crunched for time, you can work out efficiently and effectively. Secret No. 1: Establish a Mind-Body Connection Are…
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Talbots’ New Campaign Rewrites What it Means to Be a ‘Lady’

How do you feel about the word "lady"? Does it make you think of a sisterhood of modern, real, confident women? The Beyoncé song "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)? How Michelle Obama reinvented what it means to be a First Lady? Ladies’ night out? If the word lady sparks any of these thoughts…
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Why Women Rule!

The Inner Circle staff is at Shop.org in Los Angeles this week, and we're mightily impressed with all the women speakers here! Our favorite session so far, Women Rule: Entrepreneurial Inspiration, featured the female founders and CEOs behind Beautycounter, Minted and theSkimm. These extraordinary women shared how they've developed their entrepreneurial brands, among other nuggets of…
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Harper Wilde’s Plan to #LiftUpTheLadies

Harper Wilde wants to “take the BS out of bra shopping.” “We want to create a brand that speaks to women the way they want to be spoken to,” said Jane Fisher, co-founder and co-CEO of Harper Wilde, an at-home bra try-on service, during her session on Tuesday at Shop.org in Los Angeles. The brand,…
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7 Springboards to Create Retail Stories, Surprises and Sales

In a recent article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Mark Tritton, Target's chief merchandising officer, talked about the dual importance of both “math and magic” as he leads the company’s development of innovative new products in several key categories. Big data must be combined with big creative in order to capture customers’ attention. At this…
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Be the Hero in Your Own Story

I don't know about you, but I love award shows. It's a tradition my best friend and I share. We talk which fashions we love most and our thoughts on the opening number while drinking "coffee" (aka a glass of wine). Watching the Emmy's this past Sunday, the routine was the same, however, the vibe…
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Futuristic Beauty Stores on Display in NYC This Fall!

On Sept. 13, I had the pleasure of attending a VIP Beauty Breakfast at the retail concept store STORY in New York City. At the event, I learned about two really cool new interactive beauty stores that are turning the beauty industry on its well-coiffed head! The first beauty concept store I learned about came…
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Game Changers: Miki Racine Berardelli, CEO, KIDBOX

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail’s Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt from the cover story, Miki Racine Berardelli, CEO of KIDBOX, a kid's style box, was interviewed. Miki will also be one of the featured speakers at our…
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A Chat With Cindy DiPietrantonio, President of Alex and Ani, Part 2

We’re excited to share part two of our two-part interview with Cindy DiPietrantonio, president of Alex and Ani, an omnichannel retailer of meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories (and a keynote speaker at the 2017 Women in Retail Leadership Summit!). The interview below features insights into Cindy’s leadership style, what she's looking for in prospective hires, and much more.…
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Speaker Squads Set for Girl Talks!

Hello dear readers! I'm excited to announce that the speaker squads are set for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) New York City and San Francisco "Girl Talks" events, taking place on Oct. 3 and Oct. 23, respectively. (Is it just me or is this year flying by?) In case you're not aware, WIRLC's Girl…
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A Chat With Cindy DiPietrantonio, President of Alex and Ani, Part 1

We're excited to share part one of a two-part interview with Cindy DiPietrantonio, president of Alex and Ani, an omnichannel retailer of meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to positively empower and connect humanity (and a keynote speaker at the 2017 Women in Retail Summit!). Prior to joining Alex and Ani in November 2016, Cindy served as interim…
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Game Changers: Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder and CEO, Lumoid

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail’s Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt from the cover story, Aarthi Ramamurthy, founder and CEO of Lumoid, a try-before-you-buy service for digital cameras and accessories, was interviewed.  Total Retail: Where did…
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'Tis the Season to Tailgate

Well, we don't know where the time went, but it's already September! As the leaves start to change colors, flavors turn into pumpkin spice and summer days turn into crisp autumn evenings, I thought I’d use this space to take a minute and share a few of the things we're looking forward to the most…
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I'm Excited to Be Moderating a Panel at GELF!

What are you doing tomorrow? If you’re in New York, make sure to check out the Global E-Commerce Leaders Forum (GELF), which every September brings online retailers and global brands together to discuss international e-commerce trends, global e-commerce strategy and tactical cross-border best practices. Attendees will spend the day discussing proven and emerging international e-commerce market…
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Game Changers: Tyler Haney, Founder and CEO, Outdoor Voices

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail’s Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt from the cover story, Tyler Haney, founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices , a retailer of technical apparel for recreation, was interviewed.  Total Retail: Where did…
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Reprioritize Your Exercise Routine in 5 Easy Steps

We all know that exercise is good for us. We know we should do it. Exercise makes us healthier, mentally and physically, more energetic, and happier. However, new research shows exercise also impacts the way we think. An article in the Harvard Business Review states that there’s a direct link between our “mental firepower” and…
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To the Cosmos!!

My husband and kids decided that it would be “fun” to camp out in Hartville, Wyoming (population: 62) to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. For me, camping means opening the window at the motel. When I found out that our campsite wouldn’t have electricity, cell phone service or bathrooms, I was … well,…
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Game Changers: Heidi Zak, Co-Founder and CEO, ThirdLove

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail’s Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt from the cover story, Heidi Zak, co-founder and CEO of ThirdLove, a retailer that sells bras designed for the modern woman, was interviewed.  Total Retail:…
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Good Morning!

We're crossing off one item at a time on our summer bucket list as the season winds down (say it ain't so!). For a few of us on the WIRLC team, this means road trips with family and friends! While I'm always down for a great road trip, there's only so many times you can…
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'Male Attitudes' is Top Reason Why There Are So Few Women CEOs, Survey Finds

A new survey from The Rockefeller Foundation found that male attitudes in the workplace is a top reason why there are so few female CEOs. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said the attitudes of men in top leadership positions are a barrier to female leadership. A striking 90 percent of women said attitudes of men…
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