Recent Articles

Welcome Cindy Marshall, Our New Chief Membership Officer!

There are no lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) right now. We're working hard behind the scenes and, like the record heat in the Northeast right now, we're on fire! For starters, we're planning two great Girl Talk events that will take place this fall in New…
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3 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Rise and shine, ladies! The a.m. just became your new BFF. Whether you're a morning person or night owl, it can’t be denied that using the early hours before a busy work day can be key to a successful and productive day. Below are three ways successful people kick off their day: Exercise We know…
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From Startup to Success Story

Making the leap from startup to established retail brand is a challenge for many young businesses. Simply put, most don't make it and fall by the wayside. There are however those success stories, and WIRLC has made a habit of bringing those businesses and the people behind them into the spotlight. How were they able…
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This content is for members only Exclusive: Jan Singer on Life and Leadership

This episode of Women in Retail Talks features an interview with Jan Singer, the former CEO of Spanx and soon-to-be-CEO of Victoria's Secret. Jan discusses a variety of issues around life and leadership, including how being a psychology major has helped in her career; the importance of being transparent; why moving forward from misses is…
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How You Should Be Using Social Influencers

The influence of influencers is hard to miss no matter the channel, but particularly on social networks. Social influencers are everywhere, and smart brands are using them to their marketing advantage. Identifying and building relationships with individuals who have the social clout to influence the purchase decisions of others is an extremely powerful way for…
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Podcasts to Picnic With

Earlier this summer, we brought you a list of Women in Retail Leadership Circle's favorite summer beach reads. Well, ladies, we'd now like to share with you a few of our favorite female-hosted podcasts to listen to while lounging on the beach, picnicking in the park, or however you love to spend to your summer! HBR…
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Rosé, White and Blue: How WIRLC is Celebrating July 4th

The sun is shining, temps are rising and we're living in our flip-flops — summer is officially here and we're loving it. Women in Retail Leadership Circle is excited to give three cheers for America this Independence Day, and sharing how we're celebrating on our brand new Pinterest page! From BBQ and sangria recipes to…
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Cool Company Seeks CMO!

One of Women in Retail Leadership Circle's newest members, Julia Gudish Krieger, the founder and CEO of VillageLuxe.com, an invite-only peer-to-peer marketplace that lets women rent designer pieces from each others’ closets, is on the hunt for a chief marketing officer! Here's some more information about Julia's very unique company and the job description: Deemed "the…
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WIRLC's Summer Reading List

Ahh summer. Flip-flops, sunshine and lazy hammock afternoons with a good book. Nothing beats it! That's why we're kicking off the summer with our three favorite reads from these smart, talented writers. Have a great recommendation? Let us know and we'll feature it on our social accounts over the summer! (Don't forget to connect with…
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Last Chance! Take Our Salary Survey

Total Retail, Women in Retail Leadership Circle's sister brand, is putting together some really valuable research on salaries within the retail industry, and we want you to be a part of it! Take advantage of this opportunity to gain access to benchmark data that will leave you prepared to negotiate a fair salary according to…
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Jules Pieri On How Video Has Helped The Grommet Grow

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, which was recorded at this year's Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami, Jules Pieri, co-founder of The Grommet, speaks about the product launch platform's unique approach to connecting with makers, video marketing, and how to connect with off-brand consumers.
 

Retailers Among Companies Signing White House Equal Pay Pledge

Yesterday, The White House held its first annual United State of Women Summit, featuring innovators, icons and activists for women’s rights across the world, including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Vice President Joe Biden, Gloria Steinem, and many more. Each examined the #StateofWomen on topics such as economic empowerment, health and wellness, violence against women, educational opportunity, leadership and…
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Video: Shelley Broader, President and CEO of Chico's FAS, Shares Her Top Leadership Tips

Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Chico’s FAS, is a strong figure in the retail industry. In fact, she was chosen to be our 2016 Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) keynote speaker! In this interview filmed during this year’s WIRLS in Miami, Broader discusses a range of topics, including her top priorities for Chico’s,…
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New Associate Member Spotlight: Kim Dixon, EVP and COO, FedEx Office

From time to time, the Inner Circle spotlights some of the new, fabulous Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members. In today’s issue, we’re excited to feature one of our new associate members, Kim Dixon, executive vice president and chief operating officer at FedEx Office. Here’s an interview Jennifer DiPasquale, co-founder of WIRLC, conducted with…
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5 Inspirational Women Share Their Advice for the Class of 2016

Every year around this time, thousands of commencement speeches filled with wisdom and worldly advice are given. So much so it’s hard to believe that there’s any new advice to give the class of 2016. However, this year’s speeches have been able to move not just the class of 2016, but all listening in. Below are five…
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Welcome to the Circle!

A warm welcome goes out to Stacey Renfro, senior vice president of e-commerce, Pier 1 Imports, who recently joined the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. Happy to have you, Stacey!
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Elizabeth Arden Introduces New Signature Digital Campaign

We’re super excited about a new Elizabeth Arden digital campaign we heard about from Swan Sit, vice president of digital at the iconic beauty brand and board member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. The multiplatform digital campaign, “From the Desk of Liz Arden,” was launched last month and pays homage to the entrepreneurial…
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Women in Retail Leadership Circle: Your Take on 'Gap Years'

The White House  announced earlier this month that Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 after taking a "gap year." Malia will be a member of the class of 2021. Higher education experts tout the off year as a way…
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New Associate Member Spotlight: Jami Dewolf, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Alliance Data Retail Services

From time to time, the Inner Circle spotlights some of the new, fabulous Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members. In today’s edition, we’re excited to feature one of our new associate members, Jami Dewolf, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Alliance Data Retail Services. Here's an email interview Jennifer DiPasquale, co-founder of…
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We Want to Hear From Our Members!

The Women in Retail Leadership Circle is growing! Woot woot! Currently, we have more than 100 members and are getting more interest and inquiries every day. (If you’re not a member yet, you can apply here.) While growing our Circle is great (we’re super excited about it), it’s important that we offer the kinds of exclusive…
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WIRLC Survey: What Time of Day Are You Most Productive?

Editor's Note: We goofed! Talk about being unproductive! We sent the Inner Circle out with a poll that asked what time of the day you are most productive, but the link didn't work on most phones. So sorry! We've identified the issue and resolved it. If you have a minute, please vote in our poll!…
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Goop’s Lisa Gersh: ‘It’s OK for Powerful Women to Be Vulnerable’

Lisa Gersh, CEO of Goop, the lifestyle brand founded by Gwyneth Paltrow, sat down with Women in Retail Leadership Circle's Taylor Knight after speaking on the leadership panel at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) last month. Here’s what Lisa had to say about Goop, career changes and, of course, the Summit. WIRLC: Goop…
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Welcome to the Circle!

A warm welcome goes out to Nina Alexander-Hurst, vice president, customer experience and SWAT Stylists, BaubleBar, who recently joined the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's advisory board. Happy to have you, Nina!
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Podcast: Tricia Nichols Discusses the Importance of Brand Love

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, which was recorded at last month's Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami, Tricia Nichols, global head of consumer engagement and partnerships at Gap, speaks about the apparel brand's unique approach to consumer engagement, consumer love and growth, and how she and her team make a case…
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Women in Retail Leadership Summit Slide Presentations

Continuing the theme from our special edition of Inner Circle last Friday, we’re committed to providing our readers all of the great content that was presented during the Women in Retail Leadership Summit last month in Miami. To that end, we’ve uploaded all of the slide presentations from the Summit speakers. So if you were…
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