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We Have to Stop Rewarding a Culture of Burnout

We’ve all been there. Anxiously checking our phones, worried about what emails we might be missing, what texts we need to respond to and what posts we should look at on social media. Smartphones, the device that has connected us in so many ways, has started disconnecting us from what matters. "There's a global delusion…
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Women Rule at the NRF Big Show

Were any of you at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) Big Show in New York City this week? If you were, you may have noticed something a bit different than what you may have seen lately at other conferences and trade shows (ahem, CES) … lots of women speakers and keynote speakers! In fact, Monday…
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‘A New Day is on the Horizon’

Anyone else still have chills from Oprah's speech this past weekend at 75th annual The Golden Globes, or is it just me? Oprah was the recipient of the Cecil B. de Mille Award, and her acceptance speech was tremendous. Winfrey's speech was inspirational on many levels, and filled with quotes we'll be living by for…
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How Successful, Effective Feedback Improves Performance Results and Business

Great teams are the heart and soul of any organization, especially teams that learn and grow together. One game-changing opportunity for 2018 to nurture teams and better work relationships is the willingness to give timely and effective feedback to your colleagues. We probably all give subtle hints and even downright direct comments when needed. However,…
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Welcome to 2018!

Greetings Inner Circle readers, and welcome to 2018. I hope the year ahead brings much success for you all, both personally and professionally. I thought I'd use this space to let you know about some of the events the Women in Retail Leadership Circle is feverishly working on for 2018. First up is the National Retail Federation’s Big…
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A Retailer’s Guide to a Hit Pop-Up Shop

In today’s competitive retail environment, pop-up shops are all the rage, granting shoppers an inside look at their favorite products and the chance to forge deeper brand relationships through unique experiences. From fragrance labs to art installations, pop-up shops — i.e., short-term sales and experiential spaces that serve as real-world brand activations — have already…
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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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