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Game Changer: Shan-Lyn Ma, Founder and CEO, Zola

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail's Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt from the cover story, Shan-Lyn Ma, co-founder and CEO of Zola, a company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience with a free suite of…
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More Girl Talks News!

A few weeks ago I offered some news around the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) New York City and San Francisco "Girl Talks" events, taking place on Oct. 3 and Oct. 23, respectively. I explained that WIRLC's Girl Talks are networking and dinner events designed to get you thinking, get you talking and, most of…
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Game Changers: Jen Rubio and Stephanie Korey, Co-Founders, Away

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail's Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt of the cover story, Jen Rubio and Stephanie Korey, co-founders of direct-to-consumer luggage brand Away, are interviewed on topics ranging from their plan to scale the business for future growth to what traditional retailers can learn from the startup to what their favorite hobbies are.
 

The Inner Circle Q&A: Erica Geil, Vice President, Global Engineering Operations, Groupon

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members and advisory board members in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. We want you to get to know our members! The interviews will highlight what makes our members so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Erica…
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The Treat Yo'Self Principle

Everyone knows the saying — work hard, play hard. Time and again, we save up our Netflix binging and girls night out for weekends when we've finished all of our work and sifted through (almost) all of our emails. The first thought that comes to mind is you don't want your vacation to be spoiled…
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WIRLC Board Member Accepts Big Brothers Big Sisters Award on Behalf of Alex and Ani

We here at the Inner Circle love to feature our board members and members, and especially love it when we can highlight them because they’re involved in something special. Well, Katherine Bahamonde Monasebian, a Women in Retail Leadership Circle advisory board member and executive with Alex and Ani, recently told us about something special she experienced. Monasebian…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Ivka Adam, Founder and CEO, Iconery

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members and advisory board members in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. We want you to get to know our members! The interviews will highlight what makes our members so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Ivka…
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Get Ready for Girl Talks!

It may still be the lazy, hazy days of summer, but us here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) are in big-time planning mode, getting ready for our New York City and San Francisco "Girl Talks" events, taking place on Oct. 3 and Oct. 23, respectively. For those of you who may not know,…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Ivy Chin, Divisional Senior Vice President, Digital, PetSmart

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members and advisory board members in Inner Circle Q & As over the next several months. We want you to get to know them! The interviews will highlight what makes our members so special--from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A features a conversation…
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Good Morning!

I must admit, I'm not always a morning person. This is especially true on rainy mornings (such as this week), when it's tempting to keep hitting the snooze button. It always seems to take at least three cups of coffee to get my day started. However, after talking about this with a friend of mine…
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Number of Women Retail Speakers Grow at GrowCommerce

I attended a retail tech conference in New York City last week called GrowCommerce and was happy to see there were many women in retail and e-commerce speaking there. According to a blog post by Veronika Sonsev, one of the organizers of the event, this was by design. In fact, this year the GrowCommerce team…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Christina Mercando d'Avignon, Founder and CEO, Ringly

This week’s Inner Circle Q&A features a conversation with Christina Mercando d'Avignon, founder and CEO of Ringly, a New York City-based company composed of designers and engineers dedicated to blending fashion and technology in meaningful ways. [caption id="attachment_6756" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Credit: Ringly[/caption] Melissa Campanelli: Tell me about your background. Christina Mercando d'Avignon: My passion for…
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How Do You Hire?

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday mornings is reach for the Business section of The New York Times and check out Adam Bryant's Corner Office column. It's a Q&A-style interview with interesting CEOs (many of them women!), and it's always chock-full of great leadership lessons and management tips. Plus, it's presented in an…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Michelle Crawford, Jessica Kane, Co-Founders of Society+

In this new series, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle interviews leaders that inspire us. This week features Michelle Crawford and Jessica Kane, co-founders of Society+, a plus-size women's apparel company.  Melissa Campanelli: Please tell us about Society+. What does the company sell, and how is it different from what's out there? Michelle Crawford: We're a…
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Wal-Mart Launches Women's Empowerment Platform

Last week, Wal-Mart launched a digital platform for women to share tips and learnings that grew from its five-year Women's Empowerment Initiative, launched in 2011. Over the last six years, Wal-Mart has sourced more than $20 billion in products from women-owned businesses, increased sourcing from women-owned businesses internationally, and trained more than 1 million women worldwide who…
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Good Morning!

With longer days and warmer weather, sometimes summer gets a rep for being "lazy and hazy." However, Women in Retail Leadership Circle is gearing up for what's going to be a very busy season.  It could be some of the books we're reading (if you missed our favorites, you can check out the list here…
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There’s No 'I' in Team, Which is Largely Why Teams Succeed in Business

I grew up in a retail business in New York City ran by my grandmother and mother, both strong women. I, however, was more interested in studying how women manage their businesses than in inheriting the family firm. Therefore, I became an anthropologist, specializing in helping companies “see, feel and think” with fresh eyes so…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Marie Tillman, Founder, Mac & Mia

In this new series, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle interview leaders that inspire us. This week features Marie Tillman, founder of Mac & Mia, a Chicago-based children's apparel service. Tillman is also co-founder and chairman of the Pat Tillman Foundation, named for her late husband, the former NFL player who died in Afghanistan after enlisting…
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13 Steps to Happy, Healthy Eating, Part 2

This is the second and final part of a two-part series. Part one ran in last week's issue of Inner Circle.    I’ve been committed to four things that have made a huge impact on my life: I eat food that nourishes my body and nurtures my soul, removing any guilt, disappointment or disgust. I…
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Summer Time, Summer Time, Sum-Sum-Summertime

Hello Inner Circle readers! I hope you're all having a great start to summer, and are taking time to stop and enjoy the warmth of the sun, whether at the beach or in your own backyard! (Can you believe July 4 has come and gone? I don't know about you, but the older I get, the…
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13 Steps to Happy, Healthy Eating, Part 1

This is part one of a two-part series. Look for part two, and tips 7-13, in the July 12 issue of Inner Circle.  To me, sitting down to enjoy a healthy, delicious meal is one of life’s sweetest pleasures. Just ask my family. They get a kick out of imitating me tilting my head back…
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WIRLC Book Club

Good morning ladies! While last week was the official start of summer, we've already broken in our flip-flops, hung up the hammock and made a list of top summer reads. We're gearing up for the long holiday weekend ahead with four of our favorite reads from the fabulous women below. Have a recommendation of a…
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BaubleBar Partners With FoodKick on a Fun Partnership!

We always love when we hear about cool new things our members our doing. So when we heard that Nina Alexander-Hurst, Women in Retail Leadership Circle board member and vice president of brand marketing at fashion jewelry retailer BaubleBar, was involved in a cool partnership, we reached out to her to learn more. BaubleBar and FoodKick by…
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Summit Flashback: Cindy DiPietrantonio, President, Alex and Ani

Cindy DiPietrantonio, president of jewelry brand Alex and Ani, gave a keynote presentation at the 2017 Women in Retail Leadership Summit. DiPietrantonio discussed her career path, starting as a clerk at The Jones Group and working her way up to chief operating officer at the company. During that journey, she learned the meaning of work/life balance…
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Happy First Day of Summer!

Hello Inner Circle readers, and happy first day of summer! While summer is a great time for a bit of rest and relaxation, it's also a time for busy executives like you to plan ahead for the crazy third and fourth quarters, as well as to spend some time thinking about your career and where…
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