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A Little WIRLC: On the Road Inspiration

Hello Inner Circle readers! Well, our first Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event was a huge success (if we must say so ourselves!). The event, which took place at the Stewart Hotel in New York City, featured fabulous keynote speakers, panel discussions, pop-up shops, unique networking opportunities and, of course, fantastic swag.…
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It's Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road Season!

Hello Inner Circle readers! As you read this, we're hard at work setting up for our first Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event in New York City. The event, taking place at the Stewart Hotel, will feature fabulous keynote speakers, panel discussions, pop-up shops, unique networking opportunities and, of course, swag bags. We…
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Check Out the Excellent Speaker Lineup for the Girls’ Lounge @Groceryshop!

For those of you heading to Groceryshop next week in Las Vegas, make sure to visit the Girls’ Lounge on Mon., Oct. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in room Bluethorn 1 at the Aria. As we did at Shoptalk earlier this year, Women in Retail Leadership Circle is partnering with The Female Quotient to produce the Girls’…
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Game Changers: Jeanne Foley and Diana Ganz, Co-Founders, The Groomsman Suit

This interview is featured in Total Retail's fourth annual Game Changers report. Total Retail is a sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle. The Game Changers report seeks to highlight the entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the traditional retail industry, whether it be through digital innovation, unique product, enhancements to the supply…
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Women in Retail Leadership Circle Wants Your Feedback!

Hello Inner Circle readers! As I noted last week, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is launching a research initiative next year. To help us deliver the types of reports and information that are relevant to you and your career, we need your help! Our goal is to produce research reports that are valuable to the…
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On the Road NYC in One Week!

Ladies, we're at the one week countdown to our first annual Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event in New York City, and I couldn't be more excited! Aside from our fabulous keynote speakers, panels, pop-up shops and, of course, swag bags, we can't wait to meet and network with all of you!…
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Women in Retail Leadership Circle and the Girls' Lounge Are Coming to Groceryshop!

Are you heading to Groceryshop later this month in Las Vegas? If so, I wanted to let you know that the Women in Retail Leadership Circle is partnering with The Female Quotient to produce a Girls' Lounge at Groceryshop on Mon., Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in room Bluethorn 1 at the Aria. The Girls'…
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Just Do It: A Journey of a Sabbatical

What follows is a personal account of Jinny Uppal's sabbatical journey. While Jinny, vice president of strategic portfolio management at Bed Bath & Beyond, had thought about taking a sabbatical for many years, she finally took the leap and did it in 2016. In the following article, Jinny takes us through her journey: from how…
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Introducing Jane Elfers and Diane Dietz!

We've been talking a lot about the Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road events taking place in New York City on Oct. 24, and in San Francisco on Nov. 7, but we haven't really told you all about our fabulous keynote speakers: Jane Elfers, president and CEO of The Children's Place (New York City), and…
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A New Member Perk to Help You Manage Your Marketing Tech Stack!

Hey Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members, we're super excited about a new partnership we just formed, and I want to tell you all about it! WIRLC is partnering with CabinetM, a Boston-based technology company that has developed a platform that helps companies manage the marketing technology they have as well as find the…
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Interested in How Blockchain Can Impact Your Retail Business?

If you're like me, you've been hearing a lot about blockchain for months now, however, you're still a bit fuzzy about how the technology works. And perhaps even more important, what the retail applications are for the technology. Well, don't fret; help is on the way. Julie Lyle, a dear friend of Women in Retail Leadership…
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DSW, Title Nine Execs Share Their Top Leadership Tips

At last month's Total Retail Tech event in Dallas, Women in Retail Leadership Circle had the opportunity to talk with Chrissy Ginieczki, vice president of marketing and e-commerce at Title Nine, and Julie Roy, vice president of CRM, digital and analytics at DSW. (Total Retail is a sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this…
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Way to Go, California!

Some great news out of the Golden State this week: On Sunday, California became the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors. Senate Bill 826 , which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, requires at least one female director on the board of each California-based public corporation by…
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Join Us On the Road This October

One of my favorite quotes is by L.M. Montgomery in "Anne of Green Gables," in which she writes, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." You and me both, L.M. Not only does it bring the arrival of fall(ish) weather and sweater season, but it also kicks off Women in…
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Have You Registered Yet …

… for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's regional, day-long events taking place in New York City and San Francisco this fall called Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road? I know we've mentioned these two events before, but we're so excited we just can't stop talking about them. The first event is taking place…
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Chico’s FAS Seeks Next SVP, Global Sourcing and Supply Chain

It’s our 35th anniversary, and Chico’s FAS keeps getting better with age! Do you want to be part of an organization committed to providing the most amazing service not only to our customers but to each other as well? Do you desire to work where values and guiding principles are more than just a sign…
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WIRLC Honorees in the News

Howdy, ya'll! I'm writing this letter from the inaugural Total Retail Tech event in Dallas, and couldn't be more excited! The first full day of the event kicks off today, and things are already heating up (literally … it's about 100 degrees here!). Before I arrived in the Lone Star state, last week I had…
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WIRLC Partners With Innovation Women!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I have some exciting news to share! Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) today is announcing a partnership with Innovation Women, a digital speakers bureau designed to connect women with a wide variety of visibility opportunities. Innovation Women was founded in 2015 to provide gender balance onstage at conferences and events.…
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Mark Your Calendars: WIRLC Events Are Coming

Now that Labor Day is behind us, it's time to start marking your calendars with all of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) events we're planning for the fall! For starters, get ready for WIRLC's On the Road regional, day-long events taking place in New York City and San Francisco. First up is the New…
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The Cost of Instant Gratification

Is anyone a fan of Gene Wilder’s "Willy Wonka & and the Chocolate Factory"? Who could forget golden ticket winner Veruca Salt’s screeching words, "I want it, and I want it NOW!" as she visibly demonstrates her need for instant gratification, without consideration of the impending result of her demands? We now live in a…
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Report: Women CEOs Work Harder and Longer to Get to the Top

Women CEOs in all industries — including retail — worked harder and longer than their male counterparts to get to the top, according to a study of current and recent women CEOs conducted by Korn Ferry. The study found women CEOs were four years older, on average, than their male counterparts, and worked in a…
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Tailgates, PSLs, OTRs … Oh My!

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." — F. Scott Fitzgerald In just one short fleeting week, students will be back in school (if they aren't already!) and we'll be gearing up for some upcoming exciting Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) events! As consumers begin to seek out pumpkin…
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The Changing Definition of Convenience

From Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s in 1955 to Pop-Tarts to microwaves, consumers have long placed a high value on convenience. And why shouldn’t we? Time is the greatest equalizer, no matter your position in the work world or your wealth. It's our most precious commodity. We all have the same amount of it, as well…
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New Speakers! Member News!

Lots of news to share this week! Let's get started … New Speakers! We've been spending a lot time in the Inner Circle telling you all about the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) On the Road regional, day-long events taking place in New York City and San Francisco this fall. You probably know by now that…
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Everything's Better at the Girls’ Lounge

Ladies, we're On the Road (like, literally right now lol!). Our team is closing out summer with some quality family vacations and girls time, while also gearing up for some exciting events over the next few months. We've told you about our fabulous On the Road events happening in New York City and San Francisco…
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