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How Timberland PRO is Empowering Women in the Trades

Studies show that over the next decade, an estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled due to a widening skills gap in the trades. To help address this gap, Timberland PRO, Timberland's work safety brand that targets men and women working in the industrial trades (e.g., construction, manufacturing), launched a bold initiative last November…
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On to 2018!

It’s that time of year again … the malls are filled with Christmas songs and lights are hanging from every window in my neighborhood. In just a few weeks we’ll be entering 2018, and discussing our list of resolutions. (And 11 months later, we’ll be saying, "Wow. I can’t believe it’s already November. Time flies."…
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Rockin' Around ...

You know the rest :) With the holidays in full swing, it's time to heat up the cocoa and enjoy some festive tunes 24/7. From Sinatra to Sia, here are a few songs that never fail to keep our spirits bright. From all of us here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, we hope…
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8 Mistakes Leaders Make That Destroy Employee Trust (and May Damage Your Company’s Growth Prospects)

We live and work in an age of disruption and relentless change. Retailers must be fast, adaptable, agile and courageous to compete. This requires the presence of a deeply important quality: trust. While trust has always been an essential element in business, it’s more important now than ever before. Why? Because without trust, you'll never…
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The Future is Feminine

I know everyone is in the midst of year-end craziness, so I'll keep it short and sweet — girls rock! While the the holidays are just around the corner (and I've spent way too much time watching holiday movies on Netflix), I still find that my mind is already focused on 2018. This past year…
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How a Partnership Was Formed at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit

This is the story of how two leaders from two different companies met at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit in 2016. The two formed a long-lasting business relationship that ultimately led to one company acquiring a majority stake in the other. (Yes, this may sound self-serving as a means to promote our Summit. And…
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Job of the Week!

We’re excited to present to our Inner Circle readers with a new job opportunity! We regularly hear about great job opportunities, so we started a section in our e-newsletter to highlight our favorites. This week’s job opening is vice president, sales and performance marketing at Society Plus, a plus-size e-commerce retailer and lifestyle brand. Here…
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Here's to Women Keynote Speakers!

Good morning Inner Circle readers! Did any of you see the Advertising Age article this week about how CES, the massive tech trade show held in Las Vegas every January, doesn't have one woman for any of the six keynote sessions listed on its 2018 agenda? If not, I would check it out. It's a…
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9 PR Best Practices for Non-PR Specialists

Are you a newly promoted marketing executive tasked with public relations responsibilities? Or the CEO of a new startup that needs positive press to help grow brand awareness (and sales)? The traditional boundaries between PR, social media, lead generation and corporate communications have blurred in today’s era of YouTube, blogs and citizen journalists. Along with…
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What's On Our Wish List

Is anyone else recovering from binge shopping this past holiday weekend? Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, it's hard to keep track of all the shopping days! And, for some, the hectic shopping rush is enough for anyone to say bah humbug. However, I think nothing beats getting all of it out…
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10 Tips to Transform Holiday Stress Back to Joyfulness

When I was a child, I loved Thanksgiving. We would spend the whole day playing with our cousins and enjoying all the best comfort foods. One of my favorite parts of the day was Thanksgiving morning. At 9:30 sharp, we’d turn on the Macy’s Day Parade. But it wasn’t the floats or the musical performances…
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All About the Pies

Thanksgiving, a time for family, friends and gratitude. (And, if you're hosting, pure chaos:) The Women in Retail Leadership Circle wants to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving filled with love, lots of laughs, and a cocktail or two. We can't wait to kick off the holiday season and share what we have in…
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Giving Thanks

Good morning Inner Circle readers! I thought this week I'd take a moment to thank all of the fantastic and inspiring people who help make the Inner Circle — and the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) — such a wonderful place to be. They include: our fabulous WIRLC board of advisors, who are so generous…
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Job of the Week!

We’re excited to present to you our new feature, Inner Circle’s Job of the Week. We regularly hear about great job opportunities, so we decided start a section in our e-newsletter each week that highlights some of our favorites. This week's job opening is vice president, raw materials and color at Chico’s FAS. Here are…
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How to Receive a Compliment 101

Ever notice how easy it is to give a compliment to a best friend but not receive one? "I love your jacket!" "This old thing? It's cute but it looked cuter on the mannequin." We've all been there. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Glamour and L’Oréal Paris, only 31 percent of…
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Attention Retailers: Be Mindful of Your Moments

In less than six weeks, this retail holiday season will be over. The season you and your brand leaders have strategized, forecasted, sweated over and meticulously orchestrated. No doubt, right now all hands are on deck as calls, orders and customers walk through your doors or enter your web portals. I wish you well. I hope you finish strong. I just hope you don’t forget this one very important thing.
 

This is How Miki Racine Berardelli Builds Company Culture

At the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's Girl Talks East event in New York City last month, Miki Racine Berardelli, chief executive officer at KIDBOX, a kid's style box that delivers cool brands, shared her simple yet profound secret to building and defining a corporate culture. Berardelli explained to the group an exercise she developed…
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Registration for the 2018 Women in Retail Leadership Summit is Open

Hello ladies! I'm so excited to let you all know that registration for next year’s Women in Retail Leadership Summit is now open!! The Summit will take place April 16-18 at the Ritz-Carlton | Key Biscayne, Miami, an incredible luxury resort that offers miles of golden beaches that will be a treat for your toes!…
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Good Morning, November

The first day of a new month always feels like a fresh start … I love it. As we all put the Halloween decorations away and swap out jack-o-lanterns for pumpkin pies, I can't help but look ahead and get excited for the holiday season. Yes, it's early, but they will be here before we…
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Bias or Behavior?

I came across a really interesting Harvard Business Review (HBR) report recently, and I've been thinking about it quite a bit, so I thought I'd share it with you. The report tried to answer the following question: Is the reason women are underrepresented in the C-suite, in general receive lower salaries, and are less likely…
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This content is for members only Aliza Licht Talks About the Importance of Personal Brands at Girl Talks East

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Aliza Licht, PR veteran and best-selling author of "Leave Your Mark," shares tips on how to create a personal brand, work with influencers, and grow within your field. This episode was recorded live at Girl Talks East in New York City earlier this month. [audio mp3="http://www.wirlc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/WIR_AlizaLicht-1.mp3"][/audio]
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4 Simple Ways to Cultivate More Joy & Fulfillment Into Your Life

When is the last time you felt joyful? I’m not talking about a general feeling of happiness. I’m talking about the feeling of being lit up from the inside out. Regardless of what’s going on around you, you feel like all is well. I’m sure that one of the many things that earned you your…
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Cubicle Jam: Your Go-To Halloween Playlist

It's that time of year again … chilly breeze in the air? Check. Over-the-top costume, preferably with a pop culture reference? Check. Pumpkin-shaped Reese's that are for the trick-or-treaters? Sorta check … (we may have snacked on a few:) The last thing needed for a bewitching Halloween season? The perfect playlist. Check out our top…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Victoria Tsai, Founder and CEO of Tatcha Beauty

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 Victoria Tsai, founder and CEO of Tatcha…
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Way to Go Chico's!

Chico's FAS, a great friend and supporter of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, was one of 32 companies honored last week by the Women Executive Leadership organization of Florida at its 2017 Corporate Salute Elevate Awards for the advancement of gender diversity in the boardroom and the C-suite. The nonprofit organization reviews regulatory filings…
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