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Emily Culp at Girl Talks East: ‘The Future is Female’

Keds' Chief Marketing Officer Emily Culp spoke at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's Girl Talks East event in New York City last month on why "the future is female."    
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Callie Schweitzer on Redefining Success at Girl Talks East

Callie Schweitzer, managing editor at Thrive Global, shares her advice on redefining discuss.
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Rachel Shechtman Shares Her Story at Girl Talks East

Rachel Shechtman, founder of Story, shares her story at Girl Talks East.
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Mary Beech on What Makes a Great Leader

Mary Beech, chief marketing officer of Kate Spade & Company, discusses what makes a great leader and how you can develop those skills at this month's Girl Talks East event in New York City.
 

This content is for members only Author Laura Vanderkam Shares Her Top Time Management Tips

In this special edition episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, and Laura Vanderkam, author of several time management and productivity books, including “I Know How She Does It,” “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” and “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You…
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Girl Talks East: Callie Schweitzer Shares Her 5 Keys to Entrepreneurship

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Callie Schweitzer, managing editor of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington's new media platform, discusses her keys to entrepreneurship. This audio comes from Schweitzer's presentation at Women in Retail Leadership Circle's Girl Talks event in New York City last week. Through personal stories and insights, Schweitzer reveals what she’s…
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Hello Inner Circle readers! We have a great issue in store for you this week. For starters, check out our podcast with Callie Schweitzer, managing editor of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington's new corporate wellness company. Callie is a digital media wunderkind who spent the last three years at Time Inc., first overseeing digital innovation for Time…
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What's in Store: 5 Questions With Kidbox CEO Miki Racine Berardelli

Welcome to our latest feature series, What’s in Store: 5 Questions With … The series is authored by Lucille DeHart, a seasoned marketing professional with more than 25 years experience working for such prestigious brands as TUMI, Polo Ralph Lauren, Maidenform, Liz Claiborne and Westfield International. Lucille is also a social media strategist, public speaker…
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Working Towards Gender Equality in the Workplace

Mindy Kaling, actress, author, comedian and writer, gave a keynote address to over 9,000 women (and a few men!) last week in Philadelphia during the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. "My relationships with women have been the most sustaining of my life," Kaling said during her funny and compelling interview-style keynote with media entrepreneur Lesley Jane Seymour.…
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Lesley Jane Seymour on Her Online Community Kindred

Lesley Jane Seymour is a media entrepreneur and former editor of magazines such as YM, Marie Claire and, most recently, More. She's created a following and a community. After losing her job when More closed down earlier this year, Seymour saw just how impactful her community of women could be. In this interview from the Pennsylvania Conference…
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Abby Wambach Discusses Leadership Skills and Mentorship

Abby Wambach is a world champion soccer player (she recently retired from the game). She helped Team USA take home gold in both the 2004 and 2012 Olympic games. As captain, she lead her squad to an unforgettable World Cup first-place finish in 2015. Caitlin Sullivan of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle talked to Abby last…
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It's Your Last Chance Ladies! Girl Talks East is Next Week!

We're very excited here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. The event we've been talking about (oftentimes in this very space) for months is about to happen. That's right, Girl Talks East is finally taking place, next Thursday evening, Oct. 13, in New York City at the Kitano New York! At Girl Talks, women…
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Creativity Killers and How to Defend Against Them

There are killers in our midst. They're cunning, wily and insidious, striking when we don’t even realize it. Often, they come disguised as long-held thoughts and beliefs lurking in our own minds. Sometimes, they take the unassuming and unexpected physical figure of a friend, family member or colleague. Regardless of form, their aim is the…
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This content is for members only The Future of Fashion? Girls Who Code

This episode of Women in Retail Talks features an interview with Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. In the interview, which was recorded at last week’s Shop have a peek here.org Retail Summit, Reshma shares why retailers should be aware…
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Women Are (Still) Fighting for Equality in the Workplace

It's 2016, you would think opportunities have improved for women in the workplace, right? Not quite. This week, a new report from McKinsey and Co. and Sheryl Sandberg's organization, Lean In, shows that women are still struggling to advance in the workplace. And while the mantra is to "lean in," the Women in the Workplace…
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Learning to Love the Chaos

Can women find a good work-life balance and truly have it all? And by “all,” I mean the whole shebang — success in work, family, friends, health and the elusive brass ring, balance. Well ladies, I have a super solid answer. Wait for it … I have no idea. There, I said it. I was…
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Note to Self

At some point of either your academic or professional career, most of us have gone through the exercise of writing a future note to ourselves — the proverbial “where do you want to be in x years.” On the flip side, many mentors and career veterans are often asked what they would do differently knowing…
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A Girl's Night Out You Can't Miss!

It's official: The stage is set for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s “Girl Talks” events, taking place in New York City on Oct. 13 and San Francisco on Oct. 27! At Girl Talks, women retail executives gather with their peers to hear short, passionate presentations (each lasting 15 minutes, with five minutes for audience…
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Wildfang Knows What Its 'Tomboy' Customers Want

Emma Mcilroy is a former Nike executive and self-proclaimed “tomboy.” She would shop in the men’s section at clothing stores, but the clothes never fit right. Mcilroy, along with another former Nike employee Julia Parsely, wanted to solve this problem for all the other tomboys out there. That’s when Wildfang, “where badass women call home,”…
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NYFW16: A New Age Catwalk

We’re a week into New York Fashion Week (NYFW), and one thing is apparent — it has a new look this year. In an effort to keep up with consumer demand for the latest fashions as well as to negate fast-fashion knockoffs, many designers have opted for a new approach to fashion week. Some went…
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Ladies We Love — Sheila Haile, Cohen's Fashion Optical

In the second episode of our Ladies We Love series, WIRLC catches up with Sheila Haile, chief marketing officer of Cohen's Fashion Optical, an optical retailer featuring fashion products such as eyeglasses, frames and sunglasses, lenses, contact lenses, and accessories. (Check out our first episode, when we interview Rachel Shechtman, co-founder of STORY.) In this video,…
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5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe

In part one of this three-part series, I talked about how we are ALL creative, dispelling the notion that creativity is somehow magical and therefore inaccessible to most of us. This installment will debunk five other creativity myths and provide additional tips to help you foster your own creative genius. Myth No. 1: Having ideas…
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Women Ask But Don't Get

OK, a study came out recently that debunks a theory I personally have never really believed: the persistent gender pay gap around the world comes from the fact that women are reluctant to ask for a raise. As I suspected, the study shows that women ask for more pay just as often as men do —…
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The Case for Autumn Resolutions

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall," F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in "The Great Gatsby." I can very much relate to that quote. Fall to me is a time of renewal. Labor Day comes and goes, schedules that may have lapsed over the summer begin again, and things suddenly feel…
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Ladies We Love — Rachel Shechtman, STORY

Welcome to our latest series, Ladies we Love! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing some fabulous ladies in our latest video series, Ladies we Love. Some are members, some are from our speaker squad, some are friends, and all are great women leaders in retail! In this episode, WIRLC had a chance to catch up with…
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