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Talking Leadership, Mentorship at the NRF Foundation Gala

Hear what women executives from Fitzroy Toys, Caroline's Cart and Gwynnie Bee have to say about their leadership styles and how mentors have helped them throughout their careers.
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Hello Ladies!

I'm writing this right before I leave for my bucket list trip to Cuba! A friend and I decided to stop talking about and just do it, and, after several months of planning, it's actually happening! I'm so excited to see what adventures lie ahead, and I promise to share stories and pictures with you…
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The Life and Times of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Without the work of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, much of the technology we use today simply wouldn't exist. The below infographic, “The Life of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper,” was created by Storagepipe Solutions to shine a light on Hopper’s 60-year career. After completing her Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, Hopper went on to teach computer…
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The Women in Retail Leadership Summit is Almost Here!

Hi Ladies! It's hard to believe, but the Women in Retail Leadership Summit is just around the corner! We'd love to extend a personal invitation to all of our Inner Circle readers to attend the Summit, which is an intimate, invitation-only conference for the true women leaders in the retail space taking place April 26-28…
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10 Ways Brand Leaders Win by Leveraging Customer Pain Points, Part 2

This is part two of a two-part series that discusses a 10-step plan around  leveraging customers’ pain points in order to realize gains. Part one was published in last Wednesday’s Inner Circle, and included tips one through five. This article features tips six through 10. 6. Think like a publisher. Harry Potter may have started out…
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Rebecca Minkoff's Keys to Retail Success

The National Retail Federation’s Big Show kicked off last week with a student program and opening keynote from Rebecca Minkoff (she was featured as one of our sister brand Total Retail’s top women in retail this year, too!). Minkoff gave an inspiring keynote to students who aspire to be in the retail industry one day…
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Are You Going to NRF's BIG Show?

Hi Ladies! Are any of you heading to the National Retail Federation's BIG Show next week? The Women in Retail Leadership Circle will be there with bells on! For starters, we have a full staff who will be covering sessions, recording podcast episodes with industry bigwigs (our sister brand, Total Retail, will be in NRF's podcast studio…
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10 Ways Brand Leaders Win by Leveraging Customer Pain Points, Part 1

This is part one of a two-part series; part two will be published in next Wednesday's Inner Circle, and will include tips six through 10.  “Customer pain is the ultimate renewable resource,” Jon Burgstone writes in "Breakthrough Entrepreneurship." In this fast-paced world of change and flux, one thing remains certain: the subject of customer pain…
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Happy New Year!

Good morning and happy new year, Inner Circle readers! It's hard to believe it's already 2017 (sounds like a year discussed in "The Jetsons")! But 2017 is here, and I'm sure you're ready to reach out and grab it! Women have much to be excited about this year. For one thing, 2017 is already shaping…
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Climbing the Ladder: Vice President of Innovation at Tailored Brands!

Hello Inner Circle readers, we have another fantastic job opportunity within the retail industry that we wanted to bring to your attention. Take a look: Vice President of Innovation, Tailored Brands Tailored Brands, a Fremont, Calif-based men's apparel company, is seeking a seasoned, highly motivated, experienced and results-oriented vice president of innovation to drive its…
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How Benefits Differ Between Men and Women

Total Retail's first annual Salary Benchmark Report features salary data from the brand's audience of retail executives, representing 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 size (measured by annual revenue), retail vertical and geographic region. In addition to…
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How Financial Benefits Differ Between Genders

As we covered last week, we’re pretty excited about our series of articles on proprietary salary data collected by our sister publication, Total Retail. The first annual Salary Benchmark 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…
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An Inside Look at Retail Executive Salaries

In this issue of the Inner Circle, we debut the first of what will be a series of articles on proprietary salary data collected by our sister publication, Total Retail. The first annual Salary Benchmark Report features salary data from Total Retail's audience of retail executives from retail organizations of all sizes and product verticals. The…
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Retail Industry Fights Against Gender Wage Gap

The gender wage gap is an issue that Women in Retail Leadership Circle has covered before — and the news hasn't been all that great. Consider that in 2015, female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to a report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. We wanted to know…
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Get Ready for the Women in Retail Leadership Summit!

Sit back. Close your eyes. Breathe in deeply. Now breathe out. Picture an ocean with gentle waves. Maybe a palm tree. Try to feel the sun on your skin. Now open your eyes. Have I lulled you into a daydream about being on a beautiful beach? Miami Beach, maybe? Well ... that dream can be…
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Hello Inner Circle Readers!

Are you “holidayed” out yet? I don’t know about you, but after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the rest, I feel like Christmas has already come and gone! Bah humbug, right? But as happens every year, by the middle of December, I’m the one with the Santa hat on, baking cookies and singing…
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I thought I'd use the space this week to take a moment and thank all of the wonderful people who help make the Inner Circle — and the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) — such a wonderful place to be a part of. They include: our fabulous WIRLC board of advisors, who…
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Take E-Commerce Shipping to the Next Level

How do you manage your shipping strategy to optimize both top-line and bottom-line results? Much has been said and written about how e-commerce results can be optimized through better management of the shipment portion of the customer experience. The key questions are what has been tried and what's proven to separate the best in class…
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Hello Inner Circle Readers!

Lots of exciting things happening at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle right now — as usual! For one, we're in the midst of planning our fourth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit, which is taking place in Miami at the Four Seasons from April 26-28. We already have some fantastic speakers lined up, including…
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Hello Inner Circle Readers!

Well, now that the election is over... It's been a wild ride, and regardless of who you voted for, it will be great to get back all of that time we've spent watching debates, talking about politics, and reading news articles and friends' Facebook posts about the election over the past few months! Let's all…
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Race Car Champion Julia Landauer's Advice for Conquering Your Fears

In episode 15 of Women in Retail Talks, Julia Landauer, championship race car driver and motivational speaker, shares with WIRLC's Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli some of her top tips for conquering your fears. Listen in and tweet at us @WIRLeadership with any comments or questions.
 

Hello Inner Circle Readers!

Hope you all had a great Halloween! On to the next holiday! Just a quick thank you to everyone who attended our fantastic Girl Talks events last month. Both our New York City and San Francisco events were huge successes, with great "girl talk" presentations from a variety of interesting women in retail. I just love…
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The Good, Bad and Ugly of the iPhone 7 and Google Pixel Launches

In writing about the iPhone 7 launch, I'd be remiss if I didn't stop to think about the increasingly critical role of smartphones in our lives. Every day I find myself doing more and more on my phone, fighting against the tick of the clock, fighting to cross off another to-do-list item as the sands…
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Alex and Ani's Shivika Sinha on Why Conscious Consumerism is the Future of Retail

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Shivika Sinha, director of digital marketing at Alex and Ani, shares her thoughts on why conscious consumerism is the future of retail, how retailers can pivot to a purpose-based marketing platform, and how millennials are changing consumers' purchasing habits. Listen in below or read the Q&A! [audio…
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Hello Inner Circle Readers!

Lots of exciting stuff happening with the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) right now. For starters, Girl Talks West is taking place tomorrow night at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. We're so excited to hear from our fabulous speaker squad, comprised of Laura Alber from Williams-Sonoma, Brenda van Camp from SharpAlice, Michelle…
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