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3 Things That Should Keep You Up at Night

We thought it would be helpful to provide insight into some critical issues all retailers are facing this year as it relates to their shipping programs. Unfortunately, many retailers fail to fully recognize and plan for some of the key issues that drive up the cost of doing business. The problems can compound themselves, especially…
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It’s (Almost) Summit Time!

I can’t believe it! It’s only one week until the start of the Women in Retail Leadership Summit. I’m so excited I can barely stand it. I'm so thrilled with the extraordinary speakers coming to this year’s event and the amazing group of attendees. Here are my top 10 reasons why this year’s Summit is going…
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Top Women in Retail Share Career Insights

The question below is a part of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's sister brand, Total Retail’s, Winter 2017 issue cover story, Top Women in Retail 2017.  If you weren’t working in the retail industry, what do you think you’d be doing? Shira Goodman, President and CEO, Staples: I actually don’t think of myself as working in retail!…
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3 Ways Retailers Are Scaring Away Excited Customers

I was recently scrolling through Instagram and came across a picture of a guy wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers. I really liked the hoodie, so I navigated to the brand’s e-commerce site. That lifestyle photo that piqued my interest on Instagram? It was nowhere to be found. So I searched through the…
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The WIRL Summit? There's an App for That

Good Morning! Can you believe we're only two weeks away from the Women in Retail Leadership Summit (eek!)?! I don't know about you ladies, but I'm over April showers and ready for Miami beaches and sunshine. Pass the SPF and mojitos, please! With its killer agenda, fabulous networking opportunities and recently announced Pamper Party, we…
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How Did You Spend Equal Pay Day?

Hello ladies! Yesterday was Equal Pay Day, which was started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. According to NCPE, April 4 marks how far into 2017 women must work in order to make as much as men…
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Mindy Grossman on What Makes a Good Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Mindy Grossman, CEO and director of HSNi, sat down for an interview with Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, at Shoptalk last month. In this video segment, Grossman discusses what makes a successful mentor/mentee relationship, who some of her mentors have been throughout her career, and how to get the most out…
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Tear Off the Mask of Perfection and Reveal Your True Beauty

Have you ever shown up at work, in a social scene or even with your family as though you have your act perfectly together, even when you didn’t? All people put on masks of perfection from time to time. But have you ever considered the implications that striving for perfection can have on your overall…
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Congrats to Chico's FAS!

Hello ladies! I have some great news to report this week about Chico's FAS, Inc. The company was recently designated a 2020 Women on Boards Honor Roll company for having 20 percent or more of its board seats held by women. Female directors hold 44 percent of Chico's board seats. What's more, 81 percent of…
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Finding Purpose

Seems like it's not enough today for women to be fulfilled — juggling home, career, family, friends and an occasional hobby. Today we're pressured to live a full life, one of passion, purpose and prosperity. Just when you think you have it all figured out and can actually sneak in five hours to six hours of…
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Mindy Grossman on Her 3 C's of Hiring

Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, sat down with HSNi's CEO and retail powerhouse, Mindy Grossman, while attending Shoptalk in Las Vegas last week. In this video segment, Grossman gives insight into her hiring best practices and describes her personal leadership style.
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Over the last couple of months, we’ve been revealing insights from our sister publication Total Retail's first ever Salary Benchmark Report. The report features salary and benefits data from Total Retail’s audience of retail executives from organizations of all sizes and product verticals. The data was analyzed based upon a number of variables, including gender, age, experience, title, education…
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Greetings From Shoptalk

Hello ladies! I'm coming to you this week from sunny Las Vegas, where I'm attending Shoptalk. This is my first time at the event, and I'm impressed: great networking opportunities, educational speakers, and a general good vibe. It makes me proud and excited to be working in such a forward-thinking industry. I thought I would…
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WIRLC Member Spotlight: Christine Buscarino, SVP of E-Commerce and Marketing, Adrianna Papell Group

There are so many wonderful and fabulous members of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC). In today's issue of Inner Circle, we're excited to bring you an interview we conducted with Christine Buscarino, senior vice president of e-commerce and marketing at Adrianna Papell Group. Christine touches on a number of topics, including leadership, hiring, mentorship…
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Crocuses, Tweeting Birds, Longer Days … and 20 Inches of Snow?

If you live in the Northeast, spring isn't exactly in the air. In fact, you may have woken up yesterday to a wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain and more snow. While I'm hoping this will be the last of the winter weather we'll see for a while, I have to admit I did love…
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How Women Really Feel About Whether Their Companies Will Promote Them

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been revealing insights from our sister publication Total Retail's first ever Salary Benchmark Report. The report features salary data from Total Retail’s audience of retail executives from organizations of all sizes and product verticals. The data was analyzed based upon a number of variables, including gender, age, experience, title, education level, company…
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Celebrating International Women's Day

Oh yes, it's ladies night … all day long! That's right ladies — I'm talking about International Women's Day.  In Italy, women will be able to enjoy free access to museums and cultural sites, which will have exhibits celebrating "the feminine world." In Russia, International Women's Day is a century-old holiday that's considered more important…
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Know How to Plerk? It's the Latest Craze in the Work World!

There’s working, smirking, even twerking, but have you heard of the newest craze, plerking? Sunil Tulsiani, former policeman turned real estate millionaire who co-founded Canada’s largest real estate investment club, Private Investment Club, wants us to Plerk. Sunil's formula is simple: play + work = plerk. Play at work? Sounds like an oxymoron. However, Michelle…
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4 Women Retail Execs to Be Honored as ‘Outstanding Mothers’

Mother’s Day may still be a few months away, but the National Mother’s Day Committee is preparing to honor four exceptional female retail executives at the 39th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards. Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president of The Estee Lauder Companies; Kate Oldham, senior vice president, general merchandise manager of beauty, lingerie and swim at Saks…
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Happy Women's History Month!

Hi ladies! Happy March 1, or the first day of Women's History Month! Every year, this month celebrates the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. While I think every month should be dedicated to women (ha!), I thought this month would be a good time to focus on two women I…
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Breaking News: Cynthia DiPietrantonio, President of ALEX AND ANI, to Keynote WIRLS

Hi ladies! As you probably know by now, I’m pretty excited about the upcoming Women in Retail Leadership Summit! It’s taking place at the Four Seasons in Miami from April 26-28, and we’d love to have you join us! Rooms are going fast, so register now! We're also excited to announce that another fabulous keynote…
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Date Night or Date Life? The Most Beloved Brands Are in it for the Long Haul

Talk to marriage experts and they’ll tell you one of the secrets of a long-lasting relationship is having a weekly date night with your mate. It's a great time to focus on each other like you did in the glory days of new love. I understand the thought behind this practice and it’s well-intentioned. I…
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Miami Dreaming

Hi ladies! I don't know about where you are, but here in New York the weather has been less than kind (think rain, wind and some kind of crazy hail-like substances) the past few weeks, and I'm getting a big case of the winter blues. Any of you feel that way as well? If you…
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Customer Service is the New Black

I would bet that you're reading this because you don’t believe the title. By reading this, you're either curious, questioning or even challenging me. As a writer and a marketer, I’m proud of that — your attention is my currency. I’d like to challenge the stereotypes about customer service. Let’s narrow the conversation by talking…
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Breaking News: New Keynote Speaker Added for Women in Retail Leadership Summit!

Hi Ladies! As you can probably tell from recent issues of Inner Circle, I’m pretty excited about the upcoming Women in Retail Leadership Summit! It’s taking place at the Four Seasons in Miami from April 26-28, and we’d love to have you join us! Rooms are going fast, so register now! I’m also excited to…
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