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Game Changer: Jacq Tatelman, Co-Founder, STATE Bags

This interview is featured in Total Retail's fourth annual Game Changers report. Total Retail is a sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle. The Game Changers report seeks to highlight the entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the traditional retail industry, whether it be through digital innovation, unique product, enhancements to the supply…
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Happy Holidays!

As 2018 winds down, we here at Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, event attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, and the many friends of our group for their continued support. It is truly YOU who makes WIRLC so valued as a premier member association for executive-level women…
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Want More Speaking Opportunities in 2019? Read On!

Are you making your 2019 resolutions list yet? Well, if so, here's one to add to the list: do more public speaking engagements this year. Why? There are myriad reasons, but in general, speaking engagements will make you more visible in your industry, increase networking opportunities and, in short, help you to become a better…
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Why We All Need a Personal Board of Advisors

Let’s face it: We live in a world full of choices and unlimited amounts of information available to us when making decisions. Whether it be a job change, a relationship conundrum or a health decision, sometimes talking these issues through is the best way to sift through the data and consider all the possible outcomes,…
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Where Are All the Female CEOs?

I read some disheartening news this week: Even though there has been a lot of momentum around the advancement of women into senior leadership roles at companies lately, men still hold the vast majority (95 percent) of CEO positions at the largest American and European companies, at least according to a new report from executive…
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Omnichannel Strategy Helps Drive Sephora's Rapid Growth

In this video interview recorded at last month's WIRLC On the Road: San Francisco, Alison Hahn, senior vice president of color merchandising at Sephora, discusses the movements through her career that lead her to her current position, the beauty retailer's latest innovations, and how an omnichannel strategy has positioned Sephora for success. WIR OTR San…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Yve-Car Momperousse, Founder and CEO, Kreyol Essence

Meet Yve-Car Momperousse, founder and CEO of Kreyol Essence, a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of natural hair, skin and body products from Haiti. Momperousse is the subject of our latest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A! Inner Circle: Tell us about your background. Yve-Car Momperousse: I would sum up my background as a combination of nonprofit management, development (fundraising),…
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Beauty Systems Group is Seeking a CRM Leader

Hello Inner Circle readers! Beauty Systems Group (BSG), a division of Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. that distributes beauty products to salon professionals through its CosmoProf and Armstrong McCall branded divisions, is in search of the perfect senior director of CRM and channel strategy. Here are the details: Title: Senior Director of CRM and Channel Strategy Reports To: Global Vice…
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Vitamin Shoppe, Lilly Pulitzer, Riley Execs Talk Leadership, Career Development

In this video recorded at this fall's On the Road: New York City, WIRLC Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews a panel of retail executives on leadership and career-defining moments. The panel features Michelle Kelly, CEO of Lilly Pulitzer; Sharon Leite, CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe; and Heather Kaminetsky, founder and president of Riley.
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I'll Be Seeing You …

The end of a year can be bittersweet. It’s heartwarming to reminisce about the highs of the year and reflect on the lessons you've learned, and always exciting to think about the next adventure the new year has to bring. This year, these notions hold especially true. This is my last e-newsletter as the senior…
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A Q&A With Trisha Gregory, Co-Founder and CEO, Armarium

In this video interview recorded at last month's WIRLC On the Road: New York City, Trisha Gregory, co-founder and CEO of Armarium, a high-end fashion and accessories rental service, details her inspiration for co-founding the company as well as what's next for the brand. WIR OTR NYC - Trisha Gregory, Armarium from NAPCO Video on…
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Is it Dec. 26 Yet?

The holiday sprint has begun! As retailers (and let's face it, consumers), Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day can be somewhat of a blur. Christmas shopping; end-of-fourth-quarter meetings; first-quarter planning; company Christmas parties; holiday events at our kids’ schools; baking Christmas cookies; dealing with family members; holiday drinks with friends; etc. Whew! All of this activity…
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Game Changers: Eve Ackerley and Carolyn Horner, Co-Founders, Jenzy

This interview is featured in Total Retail’s fourth annual Game Changers report. (Total Retail is a sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) The Game Changers report highlights entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the traditional retail industry, whether it be through digital innovation, unique product, enhancements to the supply chain, or in…
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Last Chance! Nominate a Top Woman in Retail

As a reminder to all of our readers and members, the deadline to nominate candidates for Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) list of the Top Women in Retail 2019 is this Friday (Nov. 30). This ninth annual cover story will be featured in a special print issue of WIRLC published in January, as well as being available on…
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Talbots Seeks the Perfect Vice President of Merchandising

Hello Inner Circle readers! I recently heard about a great job opportunity, so I thought I would share it with you here! Talbots, a leading specialty retailer of  women's clothing, shoes and accessories, is in search of a vice president of merchandising. Could that be you? Specifically, Talbots is looking for an established executive and…
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Deadline Approaching! Nominate a Top Woman in Retail!

Just a reminder for all of our wonderful Inner Circle readers that the deadline to nominate an exceptional woman in retail for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) list of the Top Women in Retail 2019 is Fri., Nov. 30. This ninth annual list will be featured in a special print issue published in January, and will also…
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Lots to Be Thankful For

Good morning, ladies! As we’re about to enjoy Thanksgiving, a holiday full of great food, family and friends, it makes me think about everything we have to be thankful for. I'd like to take a moment to thank all of the fantastic and inspiring people who help make the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC)…
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Managing Through Record 2019 USPS Rate Increases

Recently, the USPS proposed a record price increase. The proposed hike must first be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. If approved, which is expected, the higher rates will go into effect on Jan. 27, 2019. This will be the biggest rate increase in USPS history. Here are some of the significant proposed 2019 USPS Shipping rate changes:
 

The Inner Circle Q&A: Marguerite Adzick, Founder and CEO, Addison Bay

Meet Marguerite Adzick, founder and CEO of Addison Bay, a Philadelphia-based online retailer and premier multibrand destination for fashionable activewear. The Addison Bay website, which launched in September, is the project of 30-year-old Adzick, whose career in the fashion industry was preceded by her time as a collegiate athlete. Wanting to bring both high-style and…
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Some of Our Favorite Moments From On the Road: San Francisco

What a whirlwind this fall has been! Last week, we were inspired by all of the wonderful speakers and attendees that joined us at Women in Retail Leadership Circle's On the Road: San Francisco event. All of our events leave us feeling inspired and connected to our community, but a few moments from this recent…
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Nominate a Top Woman in Retail!

As a member of the Inner Circle community, we encourage you to nominate an exceptional woman in retail for Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) list of the Top Women in Retail 2019! You can access last year's list here. In particular, WIRLC is seeking senior-level women in retail who meet the following criteria: are exceptional in…
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Game Changer: Amy Errett, Founder and CEO, Madison Reed

This interview is featured in Total Retail’s fourth annual Game Changers report. (Total Retail is a sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) The Game Changers report highlights the entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the traditional retail industry, whether it be through digital innovation, unique product, enhancements to the supply chain, or…
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3 Innovative Companies That Are Disrupting Traditional Retail

In the video below, recorded at this year's Total Retail Tech event (Total Retail is the sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle), a panel of women retail executives discuss how their businesses are disrupting the traditional retail space through digital innovation and technology. Featured on the panel, which was moderated by WIRLC Co-Founder…
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On the Road Again

Good morning ladies! We’re wrapping up our On the Road series in San Francisco today, and as we reflect on the inaugural events, we want to thank you so much for your support! Our events, community and membership is stronger because of your support, and we can’t thank you enough. Speaking of WIRLC membership ……
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Renee Lopes Halvorsen, Senior Director, Marketing and E-Commerce, Marine Layer

For our Inner Circle Q&A this week, the folks at Custora, one of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road, San Francisco sponsors, interviewed an exec at one of its great customers, Renee Lopes Halvorsen, senior director of marketing and e-commerce for Marine Layer.  A San Francisco-based company, Marine Layer is known for…
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