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Working Towards Gender Equality in the Workplace

Mindy Kaling, actress, author, comedian and writer, gave a keynote address to over 9,000 women (and a few men!) last week in Philadelphia during the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. "My relationships with women have been the most sustaining of my life," Kaling said during her funny and compelling interview-style keynote with media entrepreneur Lesley Jane Seymour.…
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Lesley Jane Seymour on Her Online Community Kindred

Lesley Jane Seymour is a media entrepreneur and former editor of magazines such as YM, Marie Claire and, most recently, More. She's created a following and a community. After losing her job when More closed down earlier this year, Seymour saw just how impactful her community of women could be. In this interview from the Pennsylvania Conference…
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Abby Wambach Discusses Leadership Skills and Mentorship

Abby Wambach is a world champion soccer player (she recently retired from the game). She helped Team USA take home gold in both the 2004 and 2012 Olympic games. As captain, she lead her squad to an unforgettable World Cup first-place finish in 2015. Caitlin Sullivan of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle talked to Abby last…
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It's Your Last Chance Ladies! Girl Talks East is Next Week!

We're very excited here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. The event we've been talking about (oftentimes in this very space) for months is about to happen. That's right, Girl Talks East is finally taking place, next Thursday evening, Oct. 13, in New York City at the Kitano New York! At Girl Talks, women…
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Creativity Killers and How to Defend Against Them

There are killers in our midst. They're cunning, wily and insidious, striking when we don’t even realize it. Often, they come disguised as long-held thoughts and beliefs lurking in our own minds. Sometimes, they take the unassuming and unexpected physical figure of a friend, family member or colleague. Regardless of form, their aim is the…
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This content is for members only The Future of Fashion? Girls Who Code

This episode of Women in Retail Talks features an interview with Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. In the interview, which was recorded at last week’s Shop have a peek here.org Retail Summit, Reshma shares why retailers should be aware…
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Women Are (Still) Fighting for Equality in the Workplace

It's 2016, you would think opportunities have improved for women in the workplace, right? Not quite. This week, a new report from McKinsey and Co. and Sheryl Sandberg's organization, Lean In, shows that women are still struggling to advance in the workplace. And while the mantra is to "lean in," the Women in the Workplace…
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Learning to Love the Chaos

Can women find a good work-life balance and truly have it all? And by “all,” I mean the whole shebang — success in work, family, friends, health and the elusive brass ring, balance. Well ladies, I have a super solid answer. Wait for it … I have no idea. There, I said it. I was…
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Note to Self

At some point of either your academic or professional career, most of us have gone through the exercise of writing a future note to ourselves — the proverbial “where do you want to be in x years.” On the flip side, many mentors and career veterans are often asked what they would do differently knowing…
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A Girl's Night Out You Can't Miss!

It's official: The stage is set for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s “Girl Talks” events, taking place in New York City on Oct. 13 and San Francisco on Oct. 27! At Girl Talks, women retail executives gather with their peers to hear short, passionate presentations (each lasting 15 minutes, with five minutes for audience…
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Wildfang Knows What Its 'Tomboy' Customers Want

Emma Mcilroy is a former Nike executive and self-proclaimed “tomboy.” She would shop in the men’s section at clothing stores, but the clothes never fit right. Mcilroy, along with another former Nike employee Julia Parsely, wanted to solve this problem for all the other tomboys out there. That’s when Wildfang, “where badass women call home,”…
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NYFW16: A New Age Catwalk

We’re a week into New York Fashion Week (NYFW), and one thing is apparent — it has a new look this year. In an effort to keep up with consumer demand for the latest fashions as well as to negate fast-fashion knockoffs, many designers have opted for a new approach to fashion week. Some went…
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Ladies We Love — Sheila Haile, Cohen's Fashion Optical

In the second episode of our Ladies We Love series, WIRLC catches up with Sheila Haile, chief marketing officer of Cohen's Fashion Optical, an optical retailer featuring fashion products such as eyeglasses, frames and sunglasses, lenses, contact lenses, and accessories. (Check out our first episode, when we interview Rachel Shechtman, co-founder of STORY.) In this video,…
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5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe

In part one of this three-part series, I talked about how we are ALL creative, dispelling the notion that creativity is somehow magical and therefore inaccessible to most of us. This installment will debunk five other creativity myths and provide additional tips to help you foster your own creative genius. Myth No. 1: Having ideas…
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Women Ask But Don't Get

OK, a study came out recently that debunks a theory I personally have never really believed: the persistent gender pay gap around the world comes from the fact that women are reluctant to ask for a raise. As I suspected, the study shows that women ask for more pay just as often as men do —…
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The Case for Autumn Resolutions

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall," F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in "The Great Gatsby." I can very much relate to that quote. Fall to me is a time of renewal. Labor Day comes and goes, schedules that may have lapsed over the summer begin again, and things suddenly feel…
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Ladies We Love — Rachel Shechtman, STORY

Welcome to our latest series, Ladies we Love! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing some fabulous ladies in our latest video series, Ladies we Love. Some are members, some are from our speaker squad, some are friends, and all are great women leaders in retail! In this episode, WIRLC had a chance to catch up with…
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Reclaim Your Creative Self

In today's fast-changing retail world, it's critical for leaders to be creative. In fact, some would argue that the most important leadership quality for success in business today is creativity. Without creative thinking, organizations can miss out on breakthrough ideas that can become innovations. With this in mind, we've reached out to Shari Rudolph, chief…
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WIRLC Member News!

Hello Inner Circle readers! From time to time we like to use this space to talk about some of the great things happening in the lives of our members, advisory board members and friends of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC). We've been hearing so many great stories this summer about these ladies that we…
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Finding the White Space in a Crowded Retail Market

Women in Retail Leadership Circle's very own Melissa Campanelli was interviewed for a recent episode of Infor's Reinventing Retail podcast. The conversation shifts to a variety of topics, including how frictionless commerce is paramount in providing the best customer experiences, why mobile-first companies have a leg up on the competition, and what Melissa believes are the most impactful…
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Girl Talks … Part 2

Remember when I told you last week to get ready for some exciting news about our Girl Talks West event, taking place at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco on Oct. 27? Well, here it is: Laura Alber, CEO of Williams-Sonoma, has signed on as a speaker. Laura's talk is titled, "Lessons I've…
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Get Ready for Girl Talks!

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is excited to announce that Mary Beech, chief marketing officer of Kate Spade, has signed on to be a speaker at our Girl Talks East event, taking place at the Kitano Hotel in New York City on Oct. 13. We're still working on the details of Mary's talk, but…
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Why Targeting Millennials is Crucial to Retailers

Every industry has to evolve to maintain its relevance, and the retail industry is no exception. Businesses have to use the best technologies available to stay competitive. They also have to cater to the needs of their target audience. Today's consumers have much higher expectations of retailers because they're more informed than previous generations. Millennials…
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This content is for members only Emily Culp, CMO of Keds, On Leadership, Life and Marketing to Women

Listen in to this exclusive interview with Emily Culp, chief marketing officer of Keds, who shares her thoughts on Keds' 100th anniversary, failing forward and purple squirrels (yes, you read that right!).
 

This content is for members only Stella & Dot's Founder on How to Find Your Extraordinary

Jessica Herrin, author, CEO and founder of jewelry and accessories retailer Stella & Dot, is a serial entrepreneur who previously co-founded WeddingChannel.com, the world’s leading wedding site. With a vision to create a new kind of company that would offer today's busy woman a career alternative, Jessica wanted to use her savvy to help solve…
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