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Getting to Know Shelley Broader, Chico’s New CEO and President

To help prepare those who have already signed up for the Women in Retail Leadership Summit (taking place in Miami Beach from April 20-22), and to entice others who haven’t yet registered, Inner Circle will be giving you a sneak peek into the thoughts and motivations of some of the featured speakers at this year’s…
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All About Women's Conferences

Women's conferences have been in the news lately, with some experts arguing that these events aren't effective and serve as merely "feel good" meetings with little accountability. However, as the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, I'm solidly in the other camp. I believe women's conferences are vital and necessary because they allow…
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A Totally Biased List of Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2016

If you’re a book nerd like me, you get excited when a new year begins because inevitably there will be lists of the best books that will be published in the year ahead. Genre doesn't matter — fiction, nonfiction, business, technology, cooking, psychology, life — I just love to hear about what's coming out. And,…
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Barbie Becomes More Realistic

Mattel made news this past week when it announced a new line of inclusive, diverse Barbie dolls. The toymaker finally relented to decades of criticism over the doll’s unrealistic (read: ultra thin, busty, thin-waisted and long-legged) and homogeneous looks. The new Barbies, dubbed the Fashionista line, feature four different body types, seven skin tones, 22…
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WIRLS Speaker Jules Pieri on Starting The Grommet

As I mentioned in my article last week, we're super excited about our upcoming Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), taking place in Miami on April 20-22. We've put together a fabulous speaker lineup, including Jules Pieri, the co-founder and CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. Jules has had a great career: she's worked…
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Can I Take a Minute to Brag?

Those of you who know me know that I'm not one to boast, but I thought I'd take a second to brag a bit about our upcoming Women in Retail Leadership Summit, taking place in Miami on April 20-22, and the fabulous speakers we've lined up. (This recent Inc. article says that women need to…
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Birchbox Launches Athleisure-Inspired Brand

Subscription commerce beauty brand Birchbox has expanded its product line with the launch of ARROW, an in-house beauty line. This is the second in-house beauty line for Birchbox, joining LOC, or Love of Color. The newly launched ARROW focuses on easy-to-use products post-workout. Inspired by the burgeoning athleisure trend in retail, ARROW features makeup and…
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NYFT Lab Focusing on Women-Led Startups

Have you heard of the New York Fashion Tech (NYFT) Lab? In case you haven't, I'll fill you in: The NYFT Lab is a 12-week accelerator program for early- and growth-stage startup companies. The program, which was co-founded by Springboard Enterprises, a network of innovators and investors that build women-led businesses, and the Partnership Fund…
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Women Retail Execs Are on the Move

The first two weeks of 2016 have seen a flurry of changes in the retail leadership ranks, with many women being named to C-level positions. Here’s a recap of who’s been promoted and who’s going where: Barnes & Noble has promoted Mary Amicucci to be its new chief merchandising officer. Amicucci has spent the last…
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5 TED Talks to Inspire You in 2016

Happy New Year Inner Circle readers! As we begin 2016, I thought I'd offer a few of my favorite TED Talks to help inspire you in the New Year. Maybe they'll help you formulate the perfect New Year's resolution (if you haven't decided on one yet)! Or maybe they'll give you a new perspective on life and…
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Editor's Note

We're taking a break! Our team at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle are taking the holidays off, so we won't be publishing Inner Circle next week. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and very happy New Year! See you in 2016!
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Straight from the Hip | Retail Unfiltered: 4 Women I'm SO Gonna Be BFFs With

Welcome to my first blog ever. I am the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. Lovely to meet you! You really should get to know us … even if I’m biased! This blog will cover all sorts of topics about amazing women trailblazers, retail insights and, ummm, shopping and shoes thrown in for…
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A Year of Accomplishments for WIRLC Members!

As 2015 comes to an end, we here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle thought it was the perfect time to check in with our members and ask them to share with us their greatest accomplishments this year, as well as what they're looking forward to, personally and professionally, in 2016. What we learned…
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Deep Thoughts on Digital: It’s Not Just the Weekend

We're here — the final stretch of selling for Holiday 2015. Or are we? It's mid-December, and the temperature is a balmy 60 degrees here in New York City. While old man winter hides out (or takes a sabbatical), I’m content to have this moment to muse on the retail holiday season so far, and…
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Happy Holidays! It's a WIRLC Instagram Giveaway!

Tis the season ... for Insta Giveways! One of our favorite parts of the holidays is the beautiful window displays seen in brick-and-mortar storefronts. Walking around with some hot chocolate on a chilly winter night has us dreaming about "Miracle on 34th Street." For Women in Retail Leadership Circle's inaugural Instagram Giveaway, #WIRWindowShopping, we want…
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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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