Recent Articles

7 Springboards to Create Retail Stories, Surprises and Sales

In a recent article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Mark Tritton, Target's chief merchandising officer, talked about the dual importance of both “math and magic” as he leads the company’s development of innovative new products in several key categories. Big data must be combined with big creative in order to capture customers’ attention. At this…
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Be the Hero in Your Own Story

I don't know about you, but I love award shows. It's a tradition my best friend and I share. We talk which fashions we love most and our thoughts on the opening number while drinking "coffee" (aka a glass of wine). Watching the Emmy's this past Sunday, the routine was the same, however, the vibe…
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Futuristic Beauty Stores on Display in NYC This Fall!

On Sept. 13, I had the pleasure of attending a VIP Beauty Breakfast at the retail concept store STORY in New York City. At the event, I learned about two really cool new interactive beauty stores that are turning the beauty industry on its well-coiffed head! The first beauty concept store I learned about came…
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Game Changers: Miki Racine Berardelli, CEO, KIDBOX

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, Miki Racine Berardelli, CEO of KIDBOX, a kid's style box, was interviewed. Miki will also be one of the featured speakers at our…
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A Chat With Cindy DiPietrantonio, President of Alex and Ani, Part 2

We’re excited to share part two of our two-part interview with Cindy DiPietrantonio, president of Alex and Ani, an omnichannel retailer of meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories (and a keynote speaker at the 2017 Women in Retail Leadership Summit!). The interview below features insights into Cindy’s leadership style, what she's looking for in prospective hires, and much more.…
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Speaker Squads Set for Girl Talks!

Hello dear readers! I'm excited to announce that the speaker squads are set for 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. (Is it just me or is this year flying by?) In case you're not aware, WIRLC's Girl…
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A Chat With Cindy DiPietrantonio, President of Alex and Ani, Part 1

We're excited to share part one of a two-part interview with Cindy DiPietrantonio, president of Alex and Ani, an omnichannel retailer of meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to positively empower and connect humanity (and a keynote speaker at the 2017 Women in Retail Summit!). Prior to joining Alex and Ani in November 2016, Cindy served as interim…
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Game Changers: Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder and CEO, Lumoid

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, Aarthi Ramamurthy, founder and CEO of Lumoid, a try-before-you-buy service for digital cameras and accessories, was interviewed.  Total Retail: Where did…
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'Tis the Season to Tailgate

Well, we don't know where the time went, but it's already September! As the leaves start to change colors, flavors turn into pumpkin spice and summer days turn into crisp autumn evenings, I thought I’d use this space to take a minute and share a few of the things we're looking forward to the most…
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I'm Excited to Be Moderating a Panel at GELF!

What are you doing tomorrow? If you’re in New York, make sure to check out the Global E-Commerce Leaders Forum (GELF), which every September brings online retailers and global brands together to discuss international e-commerce trends, global e-commerce strategy and tactical cross-border best practices. Attendees will spend the day discussing proven and emerging international e-commerce market…
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Game Changers: Tyler Haney, Founder and CEO, Outdoor Voices

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, Tyler Haney, founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices , a retailer of technical apparel for recreation, was interviewed.  Total Retail: Where did…
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Reprioritize Your Exercise Routine in 5 Easy Steps

We all know that exercise is good for us. We know we should do it. Exercise makes us healthier, mentally and physically, more energetic, and happier. However, new research shows exercise also impacts the way we think. An article in the Harvard Business Review states that there’s a direct link between our “mental firepower” and…
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To the Cosmos!!

My husband and kids decided that it would be “fun” to camp out in Hartville, Wyoming (population: 62) to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. For me, camping means opening the window at the motel. When I found out that our campsite wouldn’t have electricity, cell phone service or bathrooms, I was … well,…
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Game Changers: Heidi Zak, Co-Founder and CEO, ThirdLove

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, Heidi Zak, co-founder and CEO of ThirdLove, a retailer that sells bras designed for the modern woman, was interviewed.  Total Retail:…
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Good Morning!

We're crossing off one item at a time on our summer bucket list as the season winds down (say it ain't so!). For a few of us on the WIRLC team, this means road trips with family and friends! While I'm always down for a great road trip, there's only so many times you can…
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'Male Attitudes' is Top Reason Why There Are So Few Women CEOs, Survey Finds

A new survey from The Rockefeller Foundation found that male attitudes in the workplace is a top reason why there are so few female CEOs. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said the attitudes of men in top leadership positions are a barrier to female leadership. A striking 90 percent of women said attitudes of men…
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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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