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Reclaim Your Creative Self

In today's fast-changing retail world, it's critical for leaders to be creative. In fact, some would argue that the most important leadership quality for success in business today is creativity. Without creative thinking, organizations can miss out on breakthrough ideas that can become innovations. With this in mind, we've reached out to Shari Rudolph, chief…
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WIRLC Member News!

Hello Inner Circle readers! From time to time we like to use this space to talk about some of the great things happening in the lives of our members, advisory board members and friends of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC). We've been hearing so many great stories this summer about these ladies that we…
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Finding the White Space in a Crowded Retail Market

Women in Retail Leadership Circle's very own Melissa Campanelli was interviewed for a recent episode of Infor's Reinventing Retail podcast. The conversation shifts to a variety of topics, including how frictionless commerce is paramount in providing the best customer experiences, why mobile-first companies have a leg up on the competition, and what Melissa believes are the most impactful…
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Girl Talks … Part 2

Remember when I told you last week to get ready for some exciting news about our Girl Talks West event, taking place at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco on Oct. 27? Well, here it is: Laura Alber, CEO of Williams-Sonoma, has signed on as a speaker. Laura's talk is titled, "Lessons I've…
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Get Ready for Girl Talks!

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is excited to announce that Mary Beech, chief marketing officer of Kate Spade, has signed on to be a speaker at our Girl Talks East event, taking place at the Kitano Hotel in New York City on Oct. 13. We're still working on the details of Mary's talk, but…
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Why Targeting Millennials is Crucial to Retailers

Every industry has to evolve to maintain its relevance, and the retail industry is no exception. Businesses have to use the best technologies available to stay competitive. They also have to cater to the needs of their target audience. Today's consumers have much higher expectations of retailers because they're more informed than previous generations. Millennials…
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This content is for members only Emily Culp, CMO of Keds, On Leadership, Life and Marketing to Women

Listen in to this exclusive interview with Emily Culp, chief marketing officer of Keds, who shares her thoughts on Keds' 100th anniversary, failing forward and purple squirrels (yes, you read that right!).
 

This content is for members only Stella & Dot's Founder on How to Find Your Extraordinary

Jessica Herrin, author, CEO and founder of jewelry and accessories retailer Stella & Dot, is a serial entrepreneur who previously co-founded WeddingChannel.com, the world’s leading wedding site. With a vision to create a new kind of company that would offer today's busy woman a career alternative, Jessica wanted to use her savvy to help solve…
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Welcome Cindy Marshall, Our New Chief Membership Officer!

There are no lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) right now. We're working hard behind the scenes and, like the record heat in the Northeast right now, we're on fire! For starters, we're planning two great Girl Talk events that will take place this fall in New…
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3 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Rise and shine, ladies! The a.m. just became your new BFF. Whether you're a morning person or night owl, it can’t be denied that using the early hours before a busy work day can be key to a successful and productive day. Below are three ways successful people kick off their day: Exercise We know…
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From Startup to Success Story

Making the leap from startup to established retail brand is a challenge for many young businesses. Simply put, most don't make it and fall by the wayside. There are however those success stories, and WIRLC has made a habit of bringing those businesses and the people behind them into the spotlight. How were they able…
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This content is for members only Exclusive: Jan Singer on Life and Leadership

This episode of Women in Retail Talks features an interview with Jan Singer, the former CEO of Spanx and soon-to-be-CEO of Victoria's Secret. Jan discusses a variety of issues around life and leadership, including how being a psychology major has helped in her career; the importance of being transparent; why moving forward from misses is…
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How You Should Be Using Social Influencers

The influence of influencers is hard to miss no matter the channel, but particularly on social networks. Social influencers are everywhere, and smart brands are using them to their marketing advantage. Identifying and building relationships with individuals who have the social clout to influence the purchase decisions of others is an extremely powerful way for…
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Podcasts to Picnic With

Earlier this summer, we brought you a list of Women in Retail Leadership Circle's favorite summer beach reads. Well, ladies, we'd now like to share with you a few of our favorite female-hosted podcasts to listen to while lounging on the beach, picnicking in the park, or however you love to spend to your summer! HBR…
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Rosé, White and Blue: How WIRLC is Celebrating July 4th

The sun is shining, temps are rising and we're living in our flip-flops — summer is officially here and we're loving it. Women in Retail Leadership Circle is excited to give three cheers for America this Independence Day, and sharing how we're celebrating on our brand new Pinterest page! From BBQ and sangria recipes to…
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Cool Company Seeks CMO!

One of Women in Retail Leadership Circle's newest members, Julia Gudish Krieger, the founder and CEO of VillageLuxe.com, an invite-only peer-to-peer marketplace that lets women rent designer pieces from each others’ closets, is on the hunt for a chief marketing officer! Here's some more information about Julia's very unique company and the job description: Deemed "the…
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WIRLC's Summer Reading List

Ahh summer. Flip-flops, sunshine and lazy hammock afternoons with a good book. Nothing beats it! That's why we're kicking off the summer with our three favorite reads from these smart, talented writers. Have a great recommendation? Let us know and we'll feature it on our social accounts over the summer! (Don't forget to connect with…
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Last Chance! Take Our Salary Survey

Total Retail, Women in Retail Leadership Circle's sister brand, is putting together some really valuable research on salaries within the retail industry, and we want you to be a part of it! Take advantage of this opportunity to gain access to benchmark data that will leave you prepared to negotiate a fair salary according to…
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Jules Pieri On How Video Has Helped The Grommet Grow

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, which was recorded at this year's Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami, Jules Pieri, co-founder of The Grommet, speaks about the product launch platform's unique approach to connecting with makers, video marketing, and how to connect with off-brand consumers.
 

Retailers Among Companies Signing White House Equal Pay Pledge

Yesterday, The White House held its first annual United State of Women Summit, featuring innovators, icons and activists for women’s rights across the world, including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Vice President Joe Biden, Gloria Steinem, and many more. Each examined the #StateofWomen on topics such as economic empowerment, health and wellness, violence against women, educational opportunity, leadership and…
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Video: Shelley Broader, President and CEO of Chico's FAS, Shares Her Top Leadership Tips

Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Chico’s FAS, is a strong figure in the retail industry. In fact, she was chosen to be our 2016 Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) keynote speaker! In this interview filmed during this year’s WIRLS in Miami, Broader discusses a range of topics, including her top priorities for Chico’s,…
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New Associate Member Spotlight: Kim Dixon, EVP and COO, FedEx Office

From time to time, the Inner Circle spotlights some of the new, fabulous Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members. In today’s issue, we’re excited to feature one of our new associate members, Kim Dixon, executive vice president and chief operating officer at FedEx Office. Here’s an interview Jennifer DiPasquale, co-founder of WIRLC, conducted with…
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5 Inspirational Women Share Their Advice for the Class of 2016

Every year around this time, thousands of commencement speeches filled with wisdom and worldly advice are given. So much so it’s hard to believe that there’s any new advice to give the class of 2016. However, this year’s speeches have been able to move not just the class of 2016, but all listening in. Below are five…
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Welcome to the Circle!

A warm welcome goes out to Stacey Renfro, senior vice president of e-commerce, Pier 1 Imports, who recently joined the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. Happy to have you, Stacey!
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Elizabeth Arden Introduces New Signature Digital Campaign

We’re super excited about a new Elizabeth Arden digital campaign we heard about from Swan Sit, vice president of digital at the iconic beauty brand and board member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. The multiplatform digital campaign, “From the Desk of Liz Arden,” was launched last month and pays homage to the entrepreneurial…
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