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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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Women in Retail Tech: 3 Things I learned as a Woman Entrepreneur

Women have come a long way in terms of holding high-level business positions and entrepreneurial roles. Today, more than 9.4 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people and generating $1.5 trillion in sales. Despite this great growth, retail technology is still one industry that's lacking sufficient gender diversity. Women account for…
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What Makes a Great Leader? These Top Women Retail Execs Know

In this video, five of the women featured in WIRLC's sister brand Total Retail's Top Women in Retail issue talk about leadership during the 2017 Women in Retail Leadership Summit. Becky Gebhardt, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Lands' End; Natalie Marten-Fopeano, president and chief marketing officer of TUMI Outerwear; Stacey L. Renfro,…
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Perception Creates Reality, According to Barbara Corcoran

Hello Inner Circle readers! Not sure how many of you attended the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) last week in Chicago, but if you did, I hope you were able to catch special guest speaker Barbara Corcoran's presentation. Corcoran, as I'm sure you all know, is an entrepreneur, author and celebrity investor on ABC’s TV…
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Reach Your Goals With Barbara Bradley Baekgaard's Motto ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder, chief creative officer and director of Vera Bradley, explains her "ready, fire, aim" motto and how listening to it can help you achieve your goals, at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit.
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Something to 'Talk' About

Hello Lovely Inner Circle Readers! Wanted to tell you about Total Retail Talks LIVE!, the latest networking event from our sister brand, Total Retail. Total Retail Talks LIVE! is basically an amped up version of our well-known Total Retail Roundtable dinner events. Those invitation-only, complimentary dinners have been offering great educational panels about the state…
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Shelley Broader Recaps 1 Year at Chico's FAS

In this video recorded at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit earlier this year, Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Chico's FAS, reflects on her first year in that role as well as the accomplishments she's most proud of.
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Moving Your Needle From Fine to Fabulous

I’m passing out VIP tickets for the train to lasting, well-rounded wellness. They’re not for everyone. They’re for people who want to get off the short-term resolution train and hop on one that leads to a lifetime of greater health and well-being. People who want to turn up the quality of their life from fine…
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Total Retail Tech is Coming!

Hello Inner Circle readers! This week I wanted to tell you about an exclusive, all-expenses-paid event that our sister brand, Total Retail, is hosting in Miami this fall. The invitation-only summit (for men and women!)  is called Total Retail Tech: Connecting Retail Technology and Marketing, and it will offer attendees two days to learn from…
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Examining the Future of Workers in the Gig Economy

You may have heard of the gig economy and thought, here's just another buzzword with little immediate relevance to your work or retail business. You could be wrong. What is the Gig Economy? The gig economy is a labor market where short-term contracts and freelance work dominate as opposed to permanent and full-time jobs. The…
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Do You Work for a Transformational or Transactional Company?

I read a really interesting blog post earlier this month, and since I'm still thinking about it nearly two weeks later, I've decided to discuss it with you. It was written by one of my favorite people, Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of The Grommet, a company that launches undiscovered consumer products. Jules is also…
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How Rocksbox Plans to Grow its Subscription Box Service

At the Women in Retail Leadership Summit last month, Erin O'Leary, vice president of marketing at Rocksbox, discussed her company's jewelry subscription box service. In this video, O'Leary addresses growing Rocksbox's subscriber base and what role personalization will play in that.
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Failure = Success

I found a really great video on Fast Company's website this week, and wanted to share it with you. It's all about NASA's "Fail Smart" program, which actually rewards employees for failing. How cool is that? In the video, Dr. Ellen Stoffen, NASA's chief scientist, explains that the coolest project she ever worked on at…
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An Interview With Lesley Jane Seymour, Founder, Covey Club

Lesley Jane Seymour, the former editor-in-chief of More, Marie Claire and Redbook magazines, was one of my favorite moderator/speakers at last month's Women in Retail Leadership Summit. She moderated a panel session titled Lessons Learned, where she interviewed an extraordinary group of women in retail about their career challenges and mistakes, as well as what they’ve…
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Diane Ellis on Growing Chico's Brand, Emerging Retail Tech

At the 2017 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Diane Ellis, president of Chico's, gave insight into her hiring strategy, how she plans to grow the women's apparel and accessories brand, and examples of technologies that retailers should be keeping an eye on.
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Wildfang's Emma Mcilroy Talks Gen Z

In this video from the opening keynote at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit last month, Emma Mcilroy, CEO and co-founder of apparel brand Wildfang, talks about what she has learned about Generation Z. The generation, born between 1995 and 2012, are "ultra fluid" in their identities and expect brands to be transparent — even…
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This content is for members only Emma Mcilroy's Keynote From WIRLS 2017

Emma Mcilroy, CEO and co-founder of Wildfang, gave the opening keynote at the 2017 Women in Retail Leadership Summit. Above is her full-length keynote, in which she touches on topics such as Generation Z, branding, and some mistakes she's made along the way.
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6 Gems From WIRLS That Were NOT in My Swag Bag

Well, another Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) has come and gone, and I'm still dizzy from all of the knowledge and connections I made at the event! And while the swag bags this year were extra special, I thought I would highlight six "gems" that I gleaned from the event that weren't actually in my swag…
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Happy Mother's Day!

For the many mothers out there who are Inner Circle readers, happy Mother's Day. Here's my special message to you: You're doing a great job, and your kids will turn out just fine despite the hours you spend away from them. Truly. While I'll be celebrating with my husband, two kids and own mother this Sunday,…
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Work/Life Balance Advice From 2017 ‘Outstanding Mother’ Honorees

Earlier this week, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Outstanding Mother Awards. Four top women retail executives were honored — Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president, The Estée Lauder Companies; Kate Oldham, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, beauty, lingerie and swim, Saks Fifth Avenue; Judy Schmeling, president…
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