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We Just Wanted to Say …

THANK YOU! As the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) comes to a close, the entire Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) team wanted to take a minute to say thank you to all of our fabulous speakers, attendees and sponsors. WIRLC started five years ago with the goal of supporting and advocating for…
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Confidence Drives Build-A-Bear Workshop’s CEO's Success

In a keynote presentation yesterday at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami, sponsored by Synchrony, Sharon Price John, CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, gave an inspiring speech that ended with attendees giving her a standing ovation. John described her unlikely path to success in the world of advertising and retail, and offered insights from…
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Jessica Herrin, Founder and CEO of Stella & Dot, Shares Her Personal Journey

There have been countless inspiring stories from the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), but one that truly sticks out was the presentation given by Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder of Stella & Dot, a jewelry company that has recently expanded into skincare with Ever Skincare. Herrin founded Stella & Dot in 2013,…
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Party in the City Where the Heat is On …

Hey ladies! We're less than a week out from being in sunny Miami at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), and I for one can't wait! With all of the fabulous networking opportunities at the Summit, we know WIRLS can be a bit of a whirlwind (see what I did there ;). Below are a…
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Gender Pay Scorecard Reveals Failing Remarks for Walmart, Facebook

79,205 days, 2,604 months, or otherwise known as 217 years. This is the estimated time it would currently take to close the gender wage gap. More than two lifetimes. Yesterday, to coincide with International Equal Pay Day, Arjuna Capital and Proxy Impact released their first annual Gender Pay Scorecard (GPS) report, which analyzed and ranked…
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Welcome New Members!

We've had quite a few executive women join Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) recently, so, even though we feature new members each week in the Inner Circle, I thought I'd use this space to welcome them. They include: Rachel Feingold, vice president, home store, Century 21 Department Stores; Collette Vaughan, director, e-commerce operations, West Marine;…
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Workplace Training Brings Competitive Advantage for Retailers

Demand is at an all-time high for brick-and-mortar retailers to cut costs, reduce shrink, challenge their online competition, grow omnichannel, and improve customer experience amidst the changing landscape of retail. To empower workers to be a driving force in meeting and exceeding these demands, while remaining competitive, savvy retailers must give their employees relevant on-the-job…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Annie Selke, Founder & CEO, The Annie Selke Companies

We're excited to present to you our newest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A, which features interviews with Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members, advisory board members and ladies who lead. This week’s Q&A is with WIRLC member Annie Selke, founder and CEO of The Annie Selke Companies. For more than 20 years, Annie and…
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See You on the Beach!

How did it get to be almost April?! I'm not sure where March went, but I'm excited April is fast approaching. I'm ready to trade in my snow boots for flip-flops at the (sold out!) fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami! We can’t believe it’s already been five years, but are over-the-moon…
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Christine Hunsicker, CEO, Gwynnie Bee, Talks New B-to-B Technology

At the 2018 Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas, Christine Hunsicker, CEO of Gwynnie Bee, an online clothing subscription service for women, gave insight into her new company, B-to-B platform Caastle, as well as what the future holds for Gwynnie Bee.
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Report: Turnover Rate for Women Execs in Retail Higher Than Men

One of our Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk partners (see article above), the Network of Executive Women (NEW), released an interesting study this week that found the turnover rate among women, especially women executives, in retail and consumer goods is much higher than among men. The report, The Female Leadership Crisis, published in partnership with Mercer…
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The Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk Was a Huge Success!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I'm so excited to share that the inaugural Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk was a huge success! At last count about 500 women (and men!) walked through the doors of the Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk, and by all accounts everyone enjoyed their experience! Besides some fun activations (e.g., free professional headshots) as well…
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The Future of Retail is Feminine

If I have one takeaway from Shoptalk this week it’s this — further confirmation that the future of retail is feminine. With more than 100 women retail leaders speaking, there has been a lot to learn. From Women in Retail Leadership Circle's partnership with The Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk to keynotes about company culture, artificial…
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See You in Las Vegas?

Good morning, gals! I'll keep it short and sweet. We're just a little over one month out from the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, and I for one can't wait! However, before we get our sunnies and flip-flops ready for Florida, we're making a pit stop in Las Vegas and gearing up for The Girls’…
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Mum’s the Word: The Power of the Consumer Parent

The recent financial results from the food and drink giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola indicated a dramatic shift in consumer attitudes to sugary drinks and unhealthy food. Both companies reported impressive results, but the strong product categories didn't include the drinks, chips and sweets that you might have expected. In fact, both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola reported…
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Etsy to Celebrate International Women’s Day With its 1.65M Women Entrepreneurs

International Women’s Day, March 8, is a day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, online marketplace Etsy is once again showing its support for the 1.8 million women — or 87 percent of its sellers — who own and operate a business on Etsy.com. Etsy was founded…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Jasmine Bellamy, Global Product Strategist, Gap Factory

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members, advisory board members and ladies who lead in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. The interviews will highlight what makes our community so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Jasmine Bellamy, global product strategist, Gap Factory.  Melissa…
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Sold Out!

Good morning ladies! Let me open Inner Circle this week by letting you know that the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit is sold out! That's right, yesterday, with about a month-and-a-half to go before the Summit commences on April 16 at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami, we filled our 300th seat, which means we're at…
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Is it Spring Yet?

Good morning ladies! Can anyone tell me where 2018 is going? I can't believe it's almost March already. While I'm a little sad time is flying by, I can't wait for springtime (and what we have in store here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle!). Below are just a few things I'm looking forward…
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Madison Reed Commits to Using ‘Raw’ Photography

Can I get a woot woot! Madison Reed, the prestige hair color brand based in San Francisco, announced this week that it's advancing the movement toward authenticity in advertising by pledging to always use unaltered, raw photography. In its images, nothing will be adjusted. Hair color will be shown "as is." These untouched, raw photos will be…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Alice McClellan, Vice President of Technology and Facilities, Genesco

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members, advisory board members and ladies who lead in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. The interviews will highlight what makes our community so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Alice McClellan, vice president of technology and facilities…
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Summit Dreaming

Sit back. Close your eyes. Breathe in deeply. Now breathe out. Picture an ocean with gentle waves. Maybe a palm tree. Try to feel the sun on your skin. Now open your eyes. Have I lulled you into a daydream about being on a beautiful beach? Miami Beach, maybe? Well, that dream can be a…
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Top Women Execs Share the Retail Tech Trends They're Following

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and its sister publication, Total Retail, are proud to present its eighth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This year’s list features a who’s who of top female executives in the retail industry. Below, a select group of honorees share their answers to the question, “What one new retail…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Courtney Graybill, Vice President, Customer Experience & Product Management, David's Bridal

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members, advisory board members and ladies who lead in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. The interviews will highlight what makes our community so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Courtney Graybill, vice president of customer experience…
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