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What Tory Burch is Doing to Support Female Entrepreneurs

It’s nice when you hear stories of successful people remembering where they came from and giving back to help others who might be in a similar situation to when they got started. Today’s industry leaders were likely the beneficiaries of some good fortune on their way to the top (not to diminish their hard work),…
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Bow & Drape, Nordstrom Team Up for Personalized Same-Day Gifts in Pop-Up Shops

Ever have a relative, co-worker or bestie you can never seem to find the perfect gift for? Bow & Drape has found a way to solve your holiday bah-humbug blues. Last Thursday, Bow & Drape and Nordstrom kicked off their holiday season pop-up shops, offering shoppers the opportunity to customize products from sweatshirts, pillows, pouches…
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Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving Inner Circle readers! Instead of running the usual lead article of the week here, I thought I'd use this opportunity (and prime real estate) to take a minute to thank everyone involved in the production of our e-letter and the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. We have a lot to be thankful for this…
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Lowe’s Promotes Pair of Women to Executive Positions

Earlier this week, Lowe’s Companies announced that Marci P. Grebstein has been promoted to chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Grebstein most recently served as vice president of advertising, leading the U.S. advertising strategy and marketing operations for the home improvement retailer. She will report to Michael A. Jones, chief customer officer, and succeeds Thomas J.…
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Kohl's Names Sona Chawla its New COO

This week, Kohl's announced that it's named Sona Chawla its first-ever chief operating officer, a new position at the company. Chawla will join Kohl's on Nov. 30, and her responsibilities will include oversight of all store operations, supply chain, and information and digital technology. “As our future vision for Kohl’s developed under our Greatness Agenda, the…
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Glassbreakers is Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women in Retail

Have you heard of Glassbreakers, the peer mentorship community for women? If not, you should! (The founders of Glassbreakers, Eileen Carey and Lauren Mosenthal, spoke at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's Girl Talk West event in San Francisco last month.) In short, Glassbreakers is a safe, supportive and dynamic online network for professional women. The match-making…
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Sea Bags Named Maine’s 2015 Retailer of the Year

The Retail Association of Maine announced late last month that its board of directors had named Sea Bags its Retailer of the Year. Headquartered in Portland, Maine, Sea Bags designs, manufactures and sells bags and accessories from used sails. The retailer sells its bags via five company-owned brick-and-mortar stores, online at seabags.com, and through more…
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Why Salesforce is Investing Millions to Close the Gender Pay Gap

Equal pay for equal work seems like a pretty simplistic concept, but we all know that hasn’t been the case for far too many companies across a wide spectrum of verticals, including retail. It’s troubling that in 2015 we have to recognize companies that employ this standard. Stand up and take a bow for doing…
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Chico's Names Shelley Broader its New President and CEO

A recent article that appeared in Inner Circle posed the question, "Where Are All the Women Retail Leaders Going?" Well, at least one of them is headed to Chico's FAS, the women's apparel retailer. Last week, Shelley Broader was named the new president and CEO at Chico's, effective Dec. 1. Broader is replacing David Dyer,…
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Rebecca Minkoff Talks About the Importance of Experiential Marketing

Last week, Rebecca Minkoff was honored for having the best omnichannel experience at the Decoded Fashion Summit in New York City. The fashion brand's technology-driven stores, experiential customer service in-store and partnership with AOL on a live, shoppable runway helped Rebecca Minkoff claim the top prize. Before heading to the award show, Minkoff sat down with her…
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Attention WIRLC Members: Men's Wearhouse is Hiring!

Men’s Wearhouse is looking for top-level talent to join its team. Specifically, the men's clothing chain is seeking to fill the following positions to help grow its digital business: Site management and customer experience Site managers (merchandising manager and specialist roles) Site content manager (senior manager of user acceptance testing) Director (or senior director) of…
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Which Elements of the Shopping Experience Matter Most?

When it comes to shopping behavior, price is a key motivator. However, to sustain a customer’s loyalty over the long term, retailers often find it valuable to focus on the customer experience. But which experiences are most important to shoppers? And how likely are they to influence a change in behavior? Let’s explore the topic…
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So Excited For Girl Talks East!

After Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) very successful Girl Talks West event last week in San Francisco, we're ready to do it all over again, this time for our East Coasters. Girls Talk East will take place on Tues., Oct. 27 in New York City. In case you're not aware, Girl Talks events enable…
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Subscription Commerce Maternity-Style

As a man, finding maternity clothes isn't a problem I'll ever have to deal with. However, as the father of three, I remember my wife struggling to find maternity wear that was both stylish and flattering and at the same time comfortable. And on the occasions she did find something she liked, she was limited…
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Where Are the Women Retail Leaders Going?

The last week has seen the announced departures of several high-powered women retail leaders, including Carol Meyrowitz at TJX Cos., Kay Krill at ANN Inc., and Marissa Webb at Banana Republic. Hopefully not a trend that will continue, here are the details on each of their departures...
 

Reese Witherspoon's Draper James Brand to Open Brick-and-Mortar Stores

If you take a minute to flip through the pages of any high fashion magazine today, you'll notice monotonous photos of women in monochromatic hues, barely there dresses and lack of outfits fit for a Sunday afternoon stroll. However, Tenessese-born-and-bred Reese Witherspoon is adding fashion and lifestyle entrepreneur to her list of titles (in addition…
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Deep Thoughts on Digital: Mike and Tony Go Low Carb

I have a confession to make: I have two fat cats. No, no, no. I’m not fat catting it, I HAVE two fat cats. We all know what happens when we have fat pets. They live short, fat pet lives. This makes me sad. So, when Mike and Tony left their first annual vet appointment…
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Welcome to the New Inner Circle!

Hello loyal Inner Circle readers. If you didn't notice (we're hoping you did!), we’ve had a makeover! How do you like our new look? Truth be told, we’ve been itching to update our e-newsletter template for a while now. While the content has always been top notch (if we must say so ourselves!), it was…
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Leadership Tips From Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey

Last month, I attended a talk at the 92Y theater in Manhattan featuring the lovely Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling for a follow-up book to Kaling's best seller, “Why Not Me.” Although the focus of the event was on Kaling's memoirs, the conversation ended up taking an interesting turn. From their best-looking male co-stars to…
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Denise Lee Yohn on How to Achieve Rock Star Brand Status

We're super excited about our Oct. 15 “Girl Talks West" event in San Francisco, which features short, passionate presentations delivered by powerful women leaders. To register, click here! Denise Lee Yohn, author of "What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles That Separate the Best," is a featured speaker at Girl Talks, where she will…
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Gap Works to Improve the Lives of Women Garment Workers

The plight of women garment workers in foreign lands is an issue U.S. apparel retailers cannot ignore. These women toil in dangerous working conditions for long hours, and for their hard work they receive little in pay. To make matters worse, most of these women don’t have a choice. They’ve been raised without the training…
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5 Brands Looking for Leaders

Get your resumes ready! A recent article that appeared in Women's Wear Daily (WWD) identified five big-name retailers that are on the hunt for new CEOs. The companies are Abercrombie & Fitch Co., American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Iconix Brand Group Inc., Chico’s FAS Inc. and Vince Holding Corp. Since all of you may not have access to WWD,…
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Live Streaming: The Future of Retail?

Is 2015 the year of live streaming? With the introduction of mobile video platforms such as Meerkat and Periscope this past spring, brands and retail marketers have been re-evaluating their digital strategies to incorporate the new apps. Upon being acquired by Twitter in January, Periscope became the largest competitor to Meerkat virtually overnight. The two…
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Women in the Spotlight: Maureen Sullivan, Katie Moussouris, Amy Poehler

Welcome to WIRLC's newest feature, "Women in the Spotlight," where we highlight select women leaders from the retail space and beyond that we believe deserve a shout-out. This week we're featuring Maureen Sullivan, Katie Moussouris and Amy Poehler. Maureen Sullivan: The president of AOL.com and the company’s lifestyle brands, Sullivan is departing the media corporation to…
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The Road Less Traveled: From Sephora to Startup

There are a number of reasons why you should attend Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s upcoming Girl Talks events (see this article from last week for more information), but maybe none moreso than to hear the unique story of Julie Bornstein, who earlier this year left beauty industry giant Sephora as its chief marketing officer…
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