Career Development

How Do You Hire?

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday mornings is reach for the Business section of The New York Times and check out Adam Bryant's Corner Office column. It's a Q&A-style interview with interesting CEOs (many of them women!), and it's always chock-full of great leadership lessons and management tips. Plus, it's presented in an…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Michelle Crawford, Jessica Kane, Co-Founders of Society+

In this new series, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle interviews leaders that inspire us. This week features Michelle Crawford and Jessica Kane, co-founders of Society+, a plus-size women's apparel company.  Melissa Campanelli: Please tell us about Society+. What does the company sell, and how is it different from what's out there? Michelle Crawford: We're a…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Marie Tillman, Founder, Mac & Mia

In this new series, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle interview leaders that inspire us. This week features Marie Tillman, founder of Mac & Mia, a Chicago-based children's apparel service. Tillman is also co-founder and chairman of the Pat Tillman Foundation, named for her late husband, the former NFL player who died in Afghanistan after enlisting…
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Reach Your Goals With Barbara Bradley Baekgaard's Motto ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder, chief creative officer and director of Vera Bradley, explains her "ready, fire, aim" motto and how listening to it can help you achieve your goals, at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit.
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Moving Your Needle From Fine to Fabulous

I’m passing out VIP tickets for the train to lasting, well-rounded wellness. They’re not for everyone. They’re for people who want to get off the short-term resolution train and hop on one that leads to a lifetime of greater health and well-being. People who want to turn up the quality of their life from fine…
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Work/Life Balance Advice From 2017 ‘Outstanding Mother’ Honorees

Earlier this week, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Outstanding Mother Awards. Four top women retail executives were honored — Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president, The Estée Lauder Companies; Kate Oldham, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, beauty, lingerie and swim, Saks Fifth Avenue; Judy Schmeling, president…
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Work/Life Balance: The Secret Revealed

When we think about work/life balance, most of us imagine a scenario where we have it all together. Everything is in perfect balance. We’re killing it at work. Our home life is happy. Our house is clean and organized. We exercise regularly. And our social life is fun-filled. But realistically, work/life balance feels more like…
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Tear Off the Mask of Perfection and Reveal Your True Beauty

Have you ever shown up at work, in a social scene or even with your family as though you have your act perfectly together, even when you didn’t? All people put on masks of perfection from time to time. But have you ever considered the implications that striving for perfection can have on your overall…
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A Morning Ritual to Boost Productivity By a Whopping 30%

I get it. It’s rough to get up without hitting the snooze button. The fact that most of us get less than the recommended seven hours to eight hours of sleep a night means that when our alarms go off, our bodies are still in deep-sleep mode and our core temperatures are low. This makes…
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A Q&A With WIRLC Associate Member Patti Hester

Patti Hester is chief strategist, e-commerce and distribution at Platinum Circle Partners, a company that specializes in logistics information management and transportation solutions. Patti is also an associate member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. This interview I conducted recently with Patti will help us to get to her know a little better. Women in…
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