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Farah Merhi, Founder, Inspire Me! Home Decor, on Launching Her Product Line

During the Leadership Panel session at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle On the Road: Los Angeles event last month, Farah Merhi, founder of Inspire Me! Home Decor, explained how she turned a growing Instagram following into a successful product line with QVC. Merhi started the Inspire Me! Home Decor Instagram page at a time…
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All About Books!

Hello Inner Circle readers! Today's opener is all about books! What do I mean by that? Women in Retail Leadership Circle has officially launched a book club! Hooray! Here's the story: When the Women in Retail Leadership Summit concluded, we received many requests for the titles of all of the books discussed on stage at the…
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Coaches Corner: 'How do you handle toxicity or conflicts in the workplace?'

Welcome to our latest feature, Coaches Corner, where we feature questions and answers discussed during our "Meet the Career Coaches" panels at our Women in Retail Leadership Circle events. In today’s installment, our coaches answer a question asked during our WIRLC On the Road: Los Angeles event. The question was, “How do you handle toxicity or…
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This content is for members only On the Road Los Angeles: Career Coaches Panel

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features the Meet the Career Coaches Panel from the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) On the Road: Los Angeles event, which was held on July 24 at the W Hollywood Hotel. Moderator Lizzie Alberga, founder and CEO, Collective Gain, leads career coaches and leadership experts Beth MacLean, organization…
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This content is for members only On the Road Los Angeles: Leadership Panel

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features the signature Leadership Panel from the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) On the Road: Los Angeles event, which was held on July 24 at the W Hollywood Hotel. WIRLC Co-Founder Jennifer DiPasquale leads a candid discussion with retail leaders Allison Samek, CEO, Fred Segal; Farah Merhi,…
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Time Management Tips for Time-Starved Professionals

Hello Inner Circle readers! I don't know about you, but I'm one of those people who's always in a constant battle with time. As such, I'm always on the lookout for time management tips and tricks I can use to manage my time better. Recently, I went for looking for tips on the Girlboss community…
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How to Use Instagram to Collect Customer Feedback

It makes sense that the customers purchasing and using your products should have a say in how they're designed, right? Social media has given brands a direct line of communication to their customers, and it has played a big part in why the conversation between brands and customers is changing. Instead of brands telling consumers…
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SGIA Acquires NAPCO Media

August 6, 2019 — Fairfax, Va., and Philadelphia, Pa. — In a move that further enhances its current partnership with NAPCO Media and creates unprecedented value for the industry, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) announced today that it has acquired NAPCO Media. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by…
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California Dreaming!

Hello Inner Circle readers! We’re recently back from the first Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) On the Road event in Los Angeles, and it was a tremendous success! More than 100 executive women in retail attended, and they experienced inspiring presentations, engaged in networking galore, participated in coaching sessions, and were treated to an…
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A Recap of WIRLC's On the Road: Los Angeles Event

We're still daydreaming about Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) inspiring On the Road event in Los Angeles. Attendees of this one-day event heard from expert speakers on topics including leadership, career coaching, running a startup business, and much more. There were so many powerful women in attendance at the W Hollywood. Take a look…
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This content is for members only On the Road Los Angeles: Heather Hasson, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, FIGS

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features an interview with Heather Hasson, co-founder and co-CEO of FIGS, a medical apparel brand. The interview with Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli took place at the 2019 On The Road: Los Angeles event, which was held on July 24 at the…
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How Music Helps FIGS’ Co-Founder Pick the Best Employees

For Heather Hasson, co-founder and co-CEO of FIGS, a company revolutionizing the $60 billion highly fragmented medical apparel industry, when it comes to hiring the best candidates, it's all about the music. During an interview at Women in Retail Leadership Circle's 2019 On the Road: Los Angeles event, Hasson explained that when she interviews candidates…
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What Women Want: How to Attract, Retain and Advance Female Leadership Talent

Corporate America is looking for women. In retail and fashion, two industries powered by female spending, businesses are actively seeking female leaders to narrow gender gaps on corporate boards, in C-suites and on senior management teams. In executive search, we’ve continued to see this trend grow as clients increasingly cite that they would "love to…
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Calling All Techies! Join Us at Total Retail Tech This Fall

Hello Inner Circle readers! I'm excited today to tell you about a cool event our sister brand, Total Retail, is hosting this fall. It's called Total Retail Tech, and it gives select enterprise retailers and brands the opportunity to investigate emerging technology. This exclusive, hosted event, which is taking place Sept. 23-25 in Philadelphia, is…
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5 Ways to Get Unstuck

It’s hard to grab hold of your own goals and dreams when you're judging your progress against everyone else’s definition of success. We spend too much time gathering all of those rocks labeled “the right job” and “the right school” and “the right spouse” and drop them in our backpacks, running faster and faster on…
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Job of the Week: Chief Marketing Officer, DXL Group

Hello Inner Circle readers! DXL Group, a specialty retailer of men's big and tall apparel, is looking for a chief marketing officer! Could that be you? Title: Chief Marketing Officer, DXL Group Opportunity: Are you a CMO or CMO material? And when we say "material," we don't mean as in material things, we mean "fabric." Because that's what we…
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Women Are Ruling This Summer!

So far this summer, women are ruling! Just check out some of the recent badass women in the news: Earlier this month, the United States women’s national soccer team won its FOURTH World Cup title. It was the second straight World Cup win after dominating in Canada four years ago. Coco Gauff, a 15-year-old tennis prodigy,…
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New Associate Member Spotlight: Cynthia Hollen, President, U.S., eShopWorld

From time to time, the Inner Circle spotlights some of the new, fabulous Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members. In today’s issue, we’re excited to feature one of our new associate members, Cynthia Hollen, president, U.S., at eShopWorld, a global e-commerce platform. Here’s an interview I conducted with Cynthia to help us all get…
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7 Soulful Practices for Leadership Clarity, Part 2

This article is part two of a two-part series on leadership by Andrea Syverson. Read part one, which includes tips one through three, here. As leaders, we’re continually pulled in many directions — both in and out of the office. How to stay centered? How to lead with clarity in a world of constantly changing variables?…
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This content is for members only WIRLS 2019: Leadership Panel

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features the Leadership Panel from the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, which was held April 29-May 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami. Moderator Dawn Robertson, partner, WHYZ Partners, and CEO, OCM, a Spire Capital Portfolio Company, spoke with retail leaders Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy; Lisa…
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Vanessa LeFebvre, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Adidas on the Importance of Real Feedback

During the Leadership Panel session at this year’s Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Vanessa LeFebvre, senior vice president, commercial, Adidas, explained how she learned the significance of real feedback. Early in her career, a direct report brought to LeFebvre’s attention that some people in the office found her to be intimidating.  “The perception of who you…
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Hello Ladies of the Inner Circle!

I would like to introduce myself as the newest member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) team. My name is Ashley Chiaradio. While I’m new to WIRLC, I'm no stranger to its parent company, NAPCO Media. I worked as a production and content editor for Promo Marketing for over two years. I left…
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Words of Advice From Jennifer Fleiss, CEO and Co-Founder, Jetblack

When you need some sage career advice, there are few better to turn to than Jennifer Fleiss, CEO and co-founder of Jetblack, the members-only personal shopping and concierge service that combines the convenience of e-commerce with the customized attention of a personal assistant. Fleiss is the co-founder of Rent the Runway, the business that has…
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7 Soulful Practices for Leadership Clarity, Part 1

As leaders, we're continually pulled in many directions — both in and out of the office. How to stay centered? How to lead with clarity in a world of constantly changing variables? How to not just survive but thrive? This spring, I had the delightful honor of joining Sheryl Clark, president and CEO of Boston…
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Happy Almost Fourth!

Good morning Inner Circle readers! Can you believe it's already almost July 4 weekend? This year, I'm going to the beach with my family, then to a friend's house for a barbecue and fireworks viewing! What are you planning to do? As you're probably on your way out the door today, I decided to keep…
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