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WIRLC Honorees in the News

Howdy, ya'll! I'm writing this letter from the inaugural Total Retail Tech event in Dallas, and couldn't be more excited! The first full day of the event kicks off today, and things are already heating up (literally … it's about 100 degrees here!). Before I arrived in the Lone Star state, last week I had…
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WIRLC Partners With Innovation Women!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I have some exciting news to share! Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) today is announcing a partnership with Innovation Women, a digital speakers bureau designed to connect women with a wide variety of visibility opportunities. Innovation Women was founded in 2015 to provide gender balance onstage at conferences and events.…
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Mark Your Calendars: WIRLC Events Are Coming

Now that Labor Day is behind us, it's time to start marking your calendars with all of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) events we're planning for the fall! For starters, get ready for WIRLC's On the Road regional, day-long events taking place in New York City and San Francisco. First up is the New…
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The Cost of Instant Gratification

Is anyone a fan of Gene Wilder’s "Willy Wonka & and the Chocolate Factory"? Who could forget golden ticket winner Veruca Salt’s screeching words, "I want it, and I want it NOW!" as she visibly demonstrates her need for instant gratification, without consideration of the impending result of her demands? We now live in a…
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Report: Women CEOs Work Harder and Longer to Get to the Top

Women CEOs in all industries — including retail — worked harder and longer than their male counterparts to get to the top, according to a study of current and recent women CEOs conducted by Korn Ferry. The study found women CEOs were four years older, on average, than their male counterparts, and worked in a…
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Tailgates, PSLs, OTRs … Oh My!

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." — F. Scott Fitzgerald In just one short fleeting week, students will be back in school (if they aren't already!) and we'll be gearing up for some upcoming exciting Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) events! As consumers begin to seek out pumpkin…
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The Changing Definition of Convenience

From Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s in 1955 to Pop-Tarts to microwaves, consumers have long placed a high value on convenience. And why shouldn’t we? Time is the greatest equalizer, no matter your position in the work world or your wealth. It's our most precious commodity. We all have the same amount of it, as well…
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New Speakers! Member News!

Lots of news to share this week! Let's get started … New Speakers! We've been spending a lot time in the Inner Circle telling you all about the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) On the Road regional, day-long events taking place in New York City and San Francisco this fall. You probably know by now that…
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Everything's Better at the Girls’ Lounge

Ladies, we're On the Road (like, literally right now lol!). Our team is closing out summer with some quality family vacations and girls time, while also gearing up for some exciting events over the next few months. We've told you about our fabulous On the Road events happening in New York City and San Francisco…
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How to Deal With Professional Heartbreak

I remember earlier in my career when I received a terrible review. It was in the middle of some department changes and product launches, and I was working so hard. As an "A" student my whole life, this was equivalent to getting a "C-." I was devastated, and it’s not the only time I and…
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The Sweet Success of Sugarfina

It was only a few years ago that Sugarfina was an unknown candy store. From its sweet beginnings — pun intended (the co-founders came up with the idea while watching "Willy Wonka" on a date) — to today’s luxury candy shop, a lot has changed. Now, there aren't many places you can go without seeing…
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Good News! There’s a Consumption Boom Coming!

The stars are quietly aligning for the next big consumer consumption boom thanks to the inevitable suburban migration of millennial moms and dads, who will be headed to the same pleasant neighborhoods their boomer parents sought as their families expanded. Boomers, generally now age 55-75, followed the paths of the generations before them, often embarking…
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Introducing Jasmine Bellamy, WIRLC's Diversity and Inclusion Director!

I have some great news to report this morning: Jasmine Bellamy has joined the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) advisory board as its first-ever diversity and inclusion director! In this role, Jasmine, who has a distinguished 25-year career in retail merchandising and currently holds a leadership position in merchandising at Gap Inc., will advise WIRLC's board…
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Good Morning, August

Seriously, how is it August already?! While some are already thinking tis the season (back-to-school season that is), we're enjoying the last few (hot!) weeks we have of the summer season lounging poolside … just kidding! We've definitely been enjoying the summer weather and taking a minute to relax, but it hasn't slowed down our…
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In Retail, Big Isn’t Better

In the big business of retail, “authenticity” is starting to become a meaningless buzzword. Executives, marketers and creative agencies like to toss the concept across giant conference tables in hopes of hooking a generation of consumers. Leaders of the world’s biggest retail chains are constantly attempting to connect with shoppers through lower costs and greater…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Kate Torgersen, Founder and CEO, Milk Stork

Meet Kate Torgersen, founder and CEO of Milk Stork, the first company to tackle the challenge of getting breast milk home for traveling business moms. Kate is the subject of our latest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A! Fueled by grassroots word-of-mouth among moms, Milk Stork quickly became an in-demand employee benefit for many of the country’s leading companies and firms. Among the newest clients are Nissan, OpenTable and Paypal. Milk Stork is empowering moms returning to work to get the support they need from employers to enable them to do their best as moms and in their careers.
 

Time Management Tips From WIRLC Members, Part 2

Remember last week's article where we highlighted time management tips sent to me by Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members? Well, we have another great time management tip to share this week from June Ryan, RADM, USCG (Ret.), whom some of you might remember from her inspiring and heartfelt presentation at this year's Women in Retail…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Mary Wong, President, Listen Learn Care Foundation

When Christine Buscarino, a member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, told us she was a board director for the Listen Learn Care Foundation, we decided to look into what the organization is all about. Well, we're glad we did! The Listen Learn Care Foundation, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., supports a variety of programs…
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Member News!

I wanted to take the opportunity this week to spread the good news of our Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members. I have lots of good news to share, so let's get started! Sharon M. Leite has been named CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe, effective Aug. 27. Sharon will also serve as a member of The Vitamin…
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Report: Gender Wage Gap Plagues the Retail Industry

Total Retail, sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle, recently released its 2018 Salary Benchmark Report. The report features salary data from Total Retail's audience of retail executives, representing organizations of all sizes and product verticals. The survey data was analyzed based upon a number of variables, including age, title, company size (measured by annual revenue),…
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Time Management Tips From WIRLC Members!

Hey Inner Circle readers! I asked the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's fabulous members (through our members-only Online Forum) if they have any day-to-day time management hacks they use to keep themselves on track. Well, I got some great replies, and lucky for us, our members have agreed to let me share their tips with you!…
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Road-Trip With WIRLC

Good morning ladies! I'll keep it short and sweet so you can get back to your regularly scheduled summer fun :) While we're in full summer mode — camping fireside with S'mores, sitting on the beach with a great read — all of this traveling has our thoughts on the road … the WIRLC On…
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Tech Spotlight: Magento on the Importance of Diversity in Leadership

In this video from the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Andrea Ward, chief marketing officer at Magento, a software solutions company, discusses retailers’ pain points, including the rapid pace of technology evolution; who she admires; and why it's important that more women climb the corporate ladder and create diversity in the C-suite.
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Online Forums? Yes, Please!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I wanted to let you know about a feature available to our Women in Retail Leadership Circle members that you may not be aware of: Online Forums. The forums are designed to provide our membership community with a way to connect with each other. They are fantastic tools to swap ideas,…
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Perfecting the Unboxing Experience is Do or Die for E-Tailers

The retail world has been cleverly avoiding the icy grip of the grim reaper for several years now. As consumers continue to shift their whims and wallets with just a few clicks, the reports of retail’s demise and potential rebirth keep coming. After spending a week with some of the leading executives of retail companies…
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