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Women Retail Leaders Share Their #Careerbrag

In a session at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, a panel of executives did their best to do something they rarely, if ever, do: brag about their own personal career accomplishments. While most prefaced their remarks that their success is the result of a team effort, they did offer examples of how the companies…
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Outstanding Moms Honored!

To all the moms out there, I hope you all had a Happy Mother's Day! I had the chance to hear from some “outstanding mothers” at the 41st Annual Outstanding Mother Awards, held at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on May 9. The event is held annually by the National Mother's Day Committee, an entity of…
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Job of the Week: Vice President, Merchandising, Soma!

Hello Inner Circle readers! Soma, the intimate apparel group within the Chico’s FAS family of brands, whose mission is to empower all women with curated and exclusive solutions that balance, fit, form and function, is searching for the perfect vice president of merchandising. Could it be you? Check out all the details below! Title: Vice President of Merchandising Reports to: Mary van…
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Still Feeling the Summit Love!

It’s been two weeks since the close of the sixth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), and we here at the Inner Circle are still on cloud nine! Jen and I have been flooded with lovely thank-you emails and messages from attendees, speakers and sponsor partners, and we’ve read and responded to each and every one of them.…
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A Heartfelt Thank You …

… to all of the fabulous speakers, attendees and sponsors who made the 2019 Women Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) a truly spectacular event! I don’t know about you, but we still can't get over how energizing, inspirational and truly exceptional it was (if we must say so ourselves)! We'll be sharing with you content from…
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Maintaining the Joy in the Journey … For 3 Decades!

I had the pleasure of working with Ann Bush, vice president of brand management for Colony Brands, and her team recently on strengthening the company's fashion and home décor businesses. Ann impressed me as a lifelong learner and leader who took her people, projects and customers seriously — and joyfully! Ann’s upbeat demeanor, entrepreneurial spirit,…
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This content is for members only WIRLS 2019 Keynote: Amy Errett, Founder and CEO, Madison Reed; Venture Partner, True Ventures

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Madison Reed CEO Amy Errett on Why Getting Fired Was the Greatest Gift of Her Life

The 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit kicked off last week with an energetic and powerful keynote presentation from Amy Errett, founder and CEO of Madison Reed, a hair color brand for women. In the opening keynote, titled "One Woman’s Journey to Disrupting a Multibillion Dollar Industry," Errett discussed how she was able — with determination, tenacity, passion and an…
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WIRLS Wrap-Up!

It's day three of the Women in Retail Leadership Summit and we're gearing up for a great day! We hope you've been following along on social, but if not, today's Inner Circle will be all about it. We have some great pictures, some inspirational tweets from some of our favorite speakers, and more! Enjoy! Melissa…
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Leadership Lessons in Tweets From the Summit

We've been so inspired by the speakers at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit taking place in Miami this week that we've decided to share some of them with you. Hope you find some inspiration from the quotes below! "Good brands are about the what. Great brands are about the why." -@AmyErrett #WIRLSummit — Women…
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Scenes From the Summit

The 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit has been a whirlwind three days of engaging sessions, glam, free swag, and connections! Over 350 phenomenal retail executives joined us at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami this week. There are so many powerful women in attendance and incredibly motivating speakers taking the stage. Take a look…
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It's Summit Time!

Hello fabulous Inner Circle readers! It’s countdown time … the sixth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit begins in just five days! I’m so excited I can barely stand it. I’m thrilled with the extraordinary speakers coming to this year’s event, the amazing group of attendees, and all the exciting things we have planned! In fact,…
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Women Retail Leaders Share Career Challenges and Lessons Learned

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), sister brand of Total Retail, recently released its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This annual feature, a joint effort of Total Retail and WIRLC, shines a spotlight on the innovative female minds leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. As part of the special feature, WIRLC conducted interviews with each of the 16 women on this year's list. Among other questions, the honorees were asked, "What's the biggest challenge you've faced in your career, and what did you learn from it?"
 

TOTAL RETAIL RELEASES THIRD ANNUAL TOP 100 OMNICHANNEL RETAILERS REPORT

Philadelphia [April 24, 2019] — Total Retail, the preeminent source for executives looking for the latest news and analysis on the retail industry, in conjunction with Radial, a leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, released the 2019 Top 100 Omnichannel Retailers report today. One-hundred publicly traded retailers were ranked on their omnichannel efficiency. Each retailer…
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Happy Spring!

Spring has sprung (at least in New York)! I know because I saw the first crocus of the season this morning. Also, the air is getting warmer, everything is blossoming, and (unfortunately) I've started sneezing. But it's all good! Spring is my absolute favorite season, and here are a few things I'm looking forward to…
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Top Women in Retail Gather at Women in Retail Leadership Summit

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), sister brand of Total Retail, recently released its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This annual feature, a joint effort of Total Retail and WIRLC, highlights the women leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. In addition to this annual print issue, WIRLC and Total Retail produce the Women in Retail Leadership Summit. This annual event offers executive-level women in the retail industry the opportunity to improve both their professional lives and business strategies through engaging content and unique networking opportunities.
 

How One ‘Mompreneur’ Went From 500 Square Feet to $8 Million

A little more than three years ago, I was living in a New York City apartment, about to give birth to my first child and simultaneously launch a startup called The Groomsman Suit. The thought of becoming a ‘mompreneur’ was exciting and completely terrifying at the same time. The responsibilities that come with children and…
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Partnership Perks for WIRLC Members

From time to time, we here at the Inner Circle like to pass along information about the benefits of joining the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC). Today, we thought we'd let you know about some of the great partnerships we've formed over the years for our members. In fact, some you may not even know…
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Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Business

I came across yet another great article in what's quickly becoming my favorite business journal, Harvard Business Review, and wanted to summarize it for you here. Titled "Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One," the article discusses that while yes, companies are increasingly relying on diverse, multidisciplinary teams and that's a good…
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Top Women in Retail Over the Years (Plus Female Founders)

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), sister brand of Total Retail, recently released its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This annual feature, a joint effort of Total Retail and WIRLC, shines a spotlight on the women leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. Over the course of the nine years that we've produced the Top Women in Retail issue, 172 female executives have been honored. This week, I want to spotlight some of our past honorees, and include a notable tip or excerpt from their profile. In addition, I will identify some of the leading startup retail companies founded by our women honorees over the years.
 

OPEN SESAME! Subject Lines That Work Like Magic

Hello Inner Circle readers! This week I'm going to take a brief departure from what I usually write about in this space to tell you about a special report the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's sister brand Total Retail just published. The report, titled OPEN SESAME! Subject Lines That Work Like Magic!, is all about —…
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4 Easy Ways to Earn Your Employees’ Trust

It never ceases to amaze me how many leaders have a reputation for making empty promises. They seem to think that because they're in charge, they can somehow do what they want to do rather than showing respect by following through. As a leader, you set the tone for the company. You don’t get a…
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2019 Top Women in Retail: A Q&A With Sharon Leite, CEO, The Vitamin Shoppe

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) recently released its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This annual feature, a joint effort of Total Retail and WIRLC, shines a spotlight on the women leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. As part of the special feature, WIRLC conducted interviews with each of the 16 women on this year's list. Below you'll find the interview conducted with 2019 Top Women in Retail honoree Sharon Leite, chief executive officer of The Vitamin Shoppe.
 

Celebrate the Last Week of Women's History Month!

Hello Inner Circle readers! Even though this is the last week of March, there are still a few days (and a weekend!) to celebrate Women's History Month! Here are a few great ways to do so: Visit the New New York Historical Society's "Ladies' Garments, Women's Work, Women's Activism" exhibition, which catalogs the progress made by the…
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Job of the Week: Head of E-Commerce, EO Products

Hello Inner Circle readers! EO Products, a maker and seller of high-quality aromatherapy products and a company rooted in the philosophy of "People, Purpose, Planet and Profit," is looking for the perfect head of of e-commerce to drive growth in its direct-to-consumer business. Established 22 years ago in Marin County, California, EO Products is a B Corporation still led by its…
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