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Over the last couple of months, we’ve been revealing insights from our sister publication Total Retail's first ever Salary Benchmark Report. The report features salary and benefits data from Total Retail’s audience of retail executives from organizations of all sizes and product verticals. The data was analyzed based upon a number of variables, including gender, age, experience, title, education…
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Greetings From Shoptalk

Hello ladies! I'm coming to you this week from sunny Las Vegas, where I'm attending Shoptalk. This is my first time at the event, and I'm impressed: great networking opportunities, educational speakers, and a general good vibe. It makes me proud and excited to be working in such a forward-thinking industry. I thought I would…
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WIRLC Member Spotlight: Christine Buscarino, SVP of E-Commerce and Marketing, Adrianna Papell Group

There are so many wonderful and fabulous members of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC). In today's issue of Inner Circle, we're excited to bring you an interview we conducted with Christine Buscarino, senior vice president of e-commerce and marketing at Adrianna Papell Group. Christine touches on a number of topics, including leadership, hiring, mentorship…
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Crocuses, Tweeting Birds, Longer Days … and 20 Inches of Snow?

If you live in the Northeast, spring isn't exactly in the air. In fact, you may have woken up yesterday to a wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain and more snow. While I'm hoping this will be the last of the winter weather we'll see for a while, I have to admit I did love…
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How Women Really Feel About Whether Their Companies Will Promote Them

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been revealing insights from our sister publication Total Retail's first ever Salary Benchmark Report. The report features salary data from Total Retail’s audience of retail executives from organizations of all sizes and product verticals. The data was analyzed based upon a number of variables, including gender, age, experience, title, education level, company…
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Celebrating International Women's Day

Oh yes, it's ladies night … all day long! That's right ladies — I'm talking about International Women's Day.  In Italy, women will be able to enjoy free access to museums and cultural sites, which will have exhibits celebrating "the feminine world." In Russia, International Women's Day is a century-old holiday that's considered more important…
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4 Women Retail Execs to Be Honored as ‘Outstanding Mothers’

Mother’s Day may still be a few months away, but the National Mother’s Day Committee is preparing to honor four exceptional female retail executives at the 39th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards. Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president of The Estee Lauder Companies; Kate Oldham, senior vice president, general merchandise manager of beauty, lingerie and swim at Saks…
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Happy Women's History Month!

Hi ladies! Happy March 1, or the first day of Women's History Month! Every year, this month celebrates the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. While I think every month should be dedicated to women (ha!), I thought this month would be a good time to focus on two women I…
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Breaking News: Cynthia DiPietrantonio, President of ALEX AND ANI, to Keynote WIRLS

Hi ladies! As you probably know by now, I’m pretty excited about the upcoming Women in Retail Leadership Summit! It’s taking place at the Four Seasons in Miami from April 26-28, and we’d love to have you join us! Rooms are going fast, so register now! We're also excited to announce that another fabulous keynote…
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Date Night or Date Life? The Most Beloved Brands Are in it for the Long Haul

Talk to marriage experts and they’ll tell you one of the secrets of a long-lasting relationship is having a weekly date night with your mate. It's a great time to focus on each other like you did in the glory days of new love. I understand the thought behind this practice and it’s well-intentioned. I…
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Miami Dreaming

Hi ladies! I don't know about where you are, but here in New York the weather has been less than kind (think rain, wind and some kind of crazy hail-like substances) the past few weeks, and I'm getting a big case of the winter blues. Any of you feel that way as well? If you…
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Customer Service is the New Black

I would bet that you're reading this because you don’t believe the title. By reading this, you're either curious, questioning or even challenging me. As a writer and a marketer, I’m proud of that — your attention is my currency. I’d like to challenge the stereotypes about customer service. Let’s narrow the conversation by talking…
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Breaking News: New Keynote Speaker Added for Women in Retail Leadership Summit!

Hi Ladies! As you can probably tell from recent issues of Inner Circle, I’m pretty excited about the upcoming Women in Retail Leadership Summit! It’s taking place at the Four Seasons in Miami from April 26-28, and we’d love to have you join us! Rooms are going fast, so register now! I’m also excited to…
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A Morning Ritual to Boost Productivity By a Whopping 30%

I get it. It’s rough to get up without hitting the snooze button. The fact that most of us get less than the recommended seven hours to eight hours of sleep a night means that when our alarms go off, our bodies are still in deep-sleep mode and our core temperatures are low. This makes…
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Amazing Women

Have you seen the Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures” yet? If not, GO! And bring your daughters, nieces, mentors, mentees or any woman who means anything to you. This extraordinary story of three brilliant women of color who played significant roles in the nascent stages of our space program is so inspiring. And if you go,…
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A Q&A With WIRLC Associate Member Patti Hester

Patti Hester is chief strategist, e-commerce and distribution at Platinum Circle Partners, a company that specializes in logistics information management and transportation solutions. Patti is also an associate member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. This interview I conducted recently with Patti will help us to get to her know a little better. Women in…
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Talking Leadership, Mentorship at the NRF Foundation Gala

Hear what women executives from Fitzroy Toys, Caroline's Cart and Gwynnie Bee have to say about their leadership styles and how mentors have helped them throughout their careers.
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Hello Ladies!

I'm writing this right before I leave for my bucket list trip to Cuba! A friend and I decided to stop talking about and just do it, and, after several months of planning, it's actually happening! I'm so excited to see what adventures lie ahead, and I promise to share stories and pictures with you…
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The Life and Times of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Without the work of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, much of the technology we use today simply wouldn't exist. The below infographic, “The Life of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper,” was created by Storagepipe Solutions to shine a light on Hopper’s 60-year career. After completing her Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, Hopper went on to teach computer…
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The Women in Retail Leadership Summit is Almost Here!

Hi Ladies! It's hard to believe, but the Women in Retail Leadership Summit is just around the corner! We'd love to extend a personal invitation to all of our Inner Circle readers to attend the Summit, which is an intimate, invitation-only conference for the true women leaders in the retail space taking place April 26-28…
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10 Ways Brand Leaders Win by Leveraging Customer Pain Points, Part 2

This is part two of a two-part series that discusses a 10-step plan around  leveraging customers’ pain points in order to realize gains. Part one was published in last Wednesday’s Inner Circle, and included tips one through five. This article features tips six through 10. 6. Think like a publisher. Harry Potter may have started out…
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Rebecca Minkoff's Keys to Retail Success

The National Retail Federation’s Big Show kicked off last week with a student program and opening keynote from Rebecca Minkoff (she was featured as one of our sister brand Total Retail’s top women in retail this year, too!). Minkoff gave an inspiring keynote to students who aspire to be in the retail industry one day…
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Are You Going to NRF's BIG Show?

Hi Ladies! Are any of you heading to the National Retail Federation's BIG Show next week? The Women in Retail Leadership Circle will be there with bells on! For starters, we have a full staff who will be covering sessions, recording podcast episodes with industry bigwigs (our sister brand, Total Retail, will be in NRF's podcast studio…
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10 Ways Brand Leaders Win by Leveraging Customer Pain Points, Part 1

This is part one of a two-part series; part two will be published in next Wednesday's Inner Circle, and will include tips six through 10.  “Customer pain is the ultimate renewable resource,” Jon Burgstone writes in "Breakthrough Entrepreneurship." In this fast-paced world of change and flux, one thing remains certain: the subject of customer pain…
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