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Recognizing Equality Champions in Retail

Hello Inner Circle readers! It’s always exciting to see some of our own being recognized for their hard work in helping to close the gender gap. Last week, BounceX announced the 12 winners of its 2019 Equality Impact Awards, which are designed to honor the contributions and leadership of women and allies that are helping…
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How 4 Companies Disrupting the Retail Space Are Satisfying Modern Consumers

To attract and retain consumers in today's retail environment, many direct-to-consumer companies are getting creative and offering eco-friendly products, transparent supply chains, personalized experiences, and accessibility to the best deals on the market. At our recent Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) On the Road | Los Angeles event, I discussed these topics and more with four…
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Job of the Week: District Manager, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, Piercing Pagoda

Hello Inner Circle readers! Piercing Pagoda, one of Signet Jewelers most valuable brands, is looking for a district manager in the company's Chicago/Wisconsin market! It's looking for a passionate leader who excels at developing talent and leading high-performing teams, understands how to create a fabulous customer experience, and wants to be part of building an exciting brand.…
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Onboarding, Developing Trust, and Motivating During Your Leadership Transition

Recently, a fellow female executive and I were having lunch. She said to me, “You’ve transitioned into executive roles at a new company. How do you ensure your success by developing trust with your new team and motivating them through the transition?” My first thought was the well-known quote by Theodore Roosevelt: "Nobody cares how…
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Be Like Naomi

I'll admit it: I'm a U.S. Open super fan. Ever since my friend Liz's dad, who worked at the old Chase Manhattan Bank, gave us tickets to my first U.S. Open when I was 14 (and we got to go to the Chase hospitality tent!), I was hooked. I love watching athletes at the top of…
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Industry Leaders on How to Hire Smart (and More!)

A lot can be learned from women in leadership positions about hiring the right type of employees, packaging yourself to become an executive, and having mentors throughout your career. These topics were discussed at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle On the Road | Los Angeles event during a panel focused on leadership. The panel discussion, moderated…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Shannon Andrick, Vice President of Marketing and Loyalty Advancement, Alliance Data

Meet Shannon Andrick, vice president of marketing and loyalty advancement at Alliance Data, one of our amazing sponsors at the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit. In this interview with Women in Retail Leadership Circle, Andrick shares details about her role at Alliance Data as well as her leadership style, recent industry research findings, the…
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The Next Gen of In-Store Customer Experience: Implementing the Right Technology

Now that the majority of shoppers have been carrying around smartphones in their pockets for over 10 years, there's little remaining of early days resistance, particularly if innovation makes shopping experiences easier and more productive. In fact, now more than ever, consumers value highest their most finite asset — time. When examined through this lens,…
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Supporting Women on Women's Equality Day (and Every Day)

Hello Inner Circle readers! This week we celebrated Women's Equality Day, marking the 99th anniversary of the day the 19th Amendment, extending the right to vote to women, was added to the Constitution. It's a day to celebrate how far we've come, but also to recognize how much still needs to change. One thing we…
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Amanda Thomas, Owner and Designer, Luv Aj, on Influencer Collaboration

During the Influencer 2.0 session at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle On the Road | Los Angeles event last month, Amanda Thomas, owner and designer of jewelry company Luv Aj, explained how her most successful collaboration came about. Thomas explained that Luv Aj does a lot of influencer gifting as part of its marketing…
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Jobs of the Week: Chico's FAS in Search of Two Digital Experts

Hello Inner Circle readers! Chico’s FAS is looking for two digital experts to join its team. These positions will be based in Fort Myers, Fla. (relocation assistance provided). More details below: Vice President, Digital Commerce, Chico’s The vice president, digital commerce, will be responsible for leading the development and execution of an e-commerce-driven business and…
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This content is for members only On the Road | Los Angeles: Influencer 2.0, The Rise of Influencer Commerce

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features a panel discussion 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. The panel, titled Influencer 2.0: The Rise of Influencer Commerce, featured women who have started or…
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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned. A Penny Invested ...

Hi Inner Circle readers! Let's talk about money. Specifically, how and why women should take control of their finances. This all stems from an incredible interview Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli conducted with Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women, and chair of the Ellevate Network, a 135,000-strong…
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Swap Society CEO on How Data Helps Solve its Inventory Challenges

Modern consumers have become increasingly aware of the retail industry's impact on the environment, and are expecting brands to take control of their carbon footprint to become more sustainable. Thrifting, reusing and swapping clothing has also become a popular solution among consumers to reduce one's personal carbon footprint, especially in the world of fast-fashion. Nicole…
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This content is for members only On the Road | Los Angeles: An Inside Look at Retail's New Normal

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features a panel discussion 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 Kristina Stidham, content editor at WIRLC, talks with executives Kim Tobman, chief revenue officer, The Bouqs…
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Turning Instagrammable Moments Into Retail Sales

Instagram is on fire not just for its users, but also for brands on the platform. Many brands are using Instagram as a way to both connect with customers and sell more product. However, Instagram can be a tough nut to crack. You have to have the perfect combination of style, service and product to…
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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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