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My Girlboss Rally Takeaways

Hi, I'm Caroline Williams. I'm a 15-year-old high school sophomore (rising junior!). My mom is Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. I was given the opportunity to attend the Girlboss Rally in Los Angeles this past weekend, and I would love to share a few of my takeaways with you. In…
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The Age of Talent: How to Set Aside Performance Bias and Harness the Power of Generational Diversity

As e-commerce enters its second decade of maturity, a new generation of executives is entering the C-suite. Some of these professionals are self-made, having launched successful companies that have made them highly visible 20-and-30-something CEOs. Others, prized for their digital fluency and new ways of thinking, are rising through the ranks in the fast track…
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Partner Spotlight: Acquiring Customers Through Partnership Marketing With FindKeep.Love

Lauren Nagel is founder and CEO of sister companies FindKeep.Love, a B-to-C partnership marketing platform, and Scale It For Me, a B-to-B customer acquisition agency. FindKeep.Love was a partner sponsor at the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit. In this video, Nagel discusses how FindKeep.Love facilitates partnerships between non-competitive B-to-C brands to create a customer acquisition channel through sweepstakes campaigns and…
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How 3 Industry Disruptors Are Combating a 'Noisy' Retail Environment

In a panel discussion at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, a trio of female entrepreneurs offered insights into their brands that are disrupting the retail industry. The panel consisted of Rachel Cohen, co-founder and co-CEO of Snowe, a direct-to-consumer home essentials brand; Melissa Mash, co-founder and CEO of Dagne Dover, a designer and seller of…
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Find Your Inner Writer

Here at the Inner Circle we're always striving to provide insight and advice that’s both thought-provoking and useful to our readers and Women in Retail Leadership Circle members. In fact, we work hard each week to create an e-newsletter that we hope leaves you feeling inspired, empowered and maybe even a little smarter. To that end, we’re always…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Kate Fernandez, Global Director, Brand Marketing and Content, Winky Lux

For this week's Inner Circle Q&A, the folks at Custora, a Women in Retail Leadership Summit sponsor partner, interviewed an executive of one of its great customers, Winky Lux. Kate Fernandez is the global director of brand marketing and content at Winky Lux, an animal cruelty-free, non-toxic beauty brand born on Instagram and built with speed in mind.…
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Partner Spotlight: Gifting Brands Offers Socially Responsible Solution to Excess Inventory

Jeannie Barsam, founder and CEO of Gifting Brands, a partner sponsor at the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, discusses how retailers can address the issue of excess inventory through donation. Barsam offers details into how Gifting Brands is providing a solution that does social good. During her more than 20-year career working for enterprise retailers, Barsam saw companies…
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WIRLC News!

Hello Inner Circle readers! There's lots of exciting news from Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) this week! Here goes: 1. We're thrilled that our very own Jennifer DiPasquale, president and co-founder, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and Total Retail, a division of NAPCO Media, was named a 2019 Folio: Top Women in Media honoree! Each June, Folio: hosts the Top…
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Job of the Week: CEO, JK Adams

Hello Inner Circle readers! JK Adams, a family-owned specialty wood products manufacturing company, is looking for a CEO! Could that be you? Title: CEO, JK Adams Opportunity: JK Adams has been in business for over 75 years, and it designs, manufactures and distributes a line of high-end proprietary products for the kitchen and home. Products include…
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Career Coach Dr. Betty Orlandino on How Networking Can Accelerate Women's Careers

As part of a panel discussion at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Career Coaching Strategies From the Experts, Dr. Betty Orlandino, founder, Betty Orlandino, PhD Inc., discussed the value that networking can offer women throughout their careers — and that it can occur in any and all situations. "You never know who you're talking…
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This content is for members only WIRLS 2019: Career Coaching Strategies From the Experts

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features the Career Coaching Strategies panel from the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, which was held April 29-May 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami. Moderator Grace Killelea, CEO and founder, GKC Group, leads panelists and career coaches Danielle Beauparlant Moser, co-founder and managing partner, bltCareers; Dr. Betty…
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Take the 2019 Retail Technology Survey, and Get Valuable Industry Insights

Women in Retail Leadership Circle's sister brand, Total Retail, is conducting a brief survey as part of a larger research report to better understand retailers use of technology, including their technology buying processes. We'd love to have the WIRLC community participate in this survey, as well as receive the subsequent report. If you haven't done so already,…
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Partner Spotlight: Pepperjam CMO on Leveraging Affiliate Marketing

Maura Smith, chief marketing officer at Pepperjam, a partner sponsor at the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, discusses how retailers can efficiently reach, engage and convert new customers through affiliate marketing. Pepperjam helps retailers partner with publishers through its Ascend affiliate marketing lifecycle platform, which was purpose-built for the modern marketer. Smith shares a client success story that…
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Insights and Advice on How to Be a Better Leader

Hello Inner Circle readers! I’m super excited this week to tell you about a special report Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s sister brand, Total Retail, recently published called Lessons Learned: Stories From Top Retail Executives. The report includes interviews with five exceptional women retail leaders, and focuses on the lessons they've learned during their illustrious, albeit bumpy…
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Sugarfina's Rosie O'Neill on Embracing Impostor Syndrome

In her keynote presentation, "How Following Your Joy Can Lead to Success," at this year's Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Rosie O'Neill, co-founder and co-CEO of luxury candy company Sugarfina, suggested several actions attendees should focus on if they want to find their joy. O'Neill's suggestions included the following: Be present. Do more of what makes you…
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This content is for members only WIRLS 2019 Keynote: Rosie O'Neill, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Sugarfina

This video features a keynote presentation from the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, which was held from April 29-May 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami. Rosie O'Neill is the co-founder and co-CEO of Sugarfina, a luxury candy store. Her keynote presentation was titled, “How Following Your Joy Can Lead to Success.”
 

How I Successfully Turned My Passion Into a Profitable Business

It’s no secret that transforming your passion into a serious business venture is more of an intimidating leap into the unknown than a few simple steps. Building an idea into a successful brand in today’s saturated market is no simple task. Consider that 50 percent of small businesses fail in their first four years, leaving many…
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Partner Spotlight: Staying Relevant Through Marketing and Loyalty With Alliance Data

Gwen Mannarino, vice president, client partnerships at Alliance Data, a partner sponsor at the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, discusses how the company's deep retail heritage and data analytics capabilities enable its clients to stay relevant and understand what's important to customers. Alliance Data helps retailers and brands perform customer segmentation, customer modeling, and customer research to find the…
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How 4 Women Execs Found Their Calling in Purpose-Driven Retail

Many retail brands are doing more than simply selling product. Some use revenues to donate to charities, focus on environmental sustainability, run programs benefiting impoverished areas of the world, among other notable efforts. At the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, we featured a panel discussion with leaders from such purpose-driven companies. Panelists Lisa Bradley, co-founder…
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Job of the Week: Manager, Digital Marketing, Chico's FAS!

Hello Inner Circle readers! Chico's FAS is searching for the perfect digital marketing manager. Would you, or someone you know, be a perfect fit? Check out all the details below! Title: Manager, Digital Marketing, Chico's FAS Opportunity: The manager of digital marketing at Chico's FAS leads digital marketing programs and initiatives, and serves as a strategic…
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WIRLC is Hitting the Road! First Stop? LA!

Hello Inner Circle readers! Join us as we take the Women in Retail Leadership Circle “on the road” for regional, day-long events. Like the popular Women in Retail Leadership Summit, these invitation-only events enable executive women in leadership positions at retail companies the opportunity to network, learn from each other, and improve business processes. Our next event, WIRLC: On the Road | Los Angeles, is taking place on…
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This content is for members only WIRLS 2019 Panel: Purpose-Driven Retail

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features the Purpose-Driven Retail panel from the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, which was held April 28-May 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami. Moderator Miki Racine Berardelli, CEO of KIDBOX, leads panelists Lisa Bradley, co-founder and co-CEO, R.Riveter; Maggie Braine, vice president, product and brand experience,…
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Navigate a More Successful Transition to CEO With the Right Relationships

As a new CEO, there are many priorities and immediate tasks that are going to need your attention. But given the fact that 50 percent of executive leaderships fail within the first 18 months, knowing which priorities and tasks to give your attention at the outset can make the difference between success and failure. As…
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3 Retail Technology Use Cases From Women Leaders

In a session at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, a trio of executives offered case studies on the growing influence of technology within the retail industry. More specifically, these retail leaders shared how themselves and their companies are utilizing technology to help address business challenges, both internally and externally. Lockie Andrews, chief digital officer, UNTUCKit;…
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WW's Mindy Grossman on Community Building, Risk Taking, and More

Mindy Grossman has had an illustrious career in the retail industry. The current president and CEO of WW International (formerly Weight Watchers) is a 38-year veteran of the retail and apparel industries who has held senior-level positions at retailers and brands such as Nike, IAC, and HSN. At HSN, where Grossman served as CEO, she…
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