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Climbing the Ladder: Career Opportunities for WIRLC Members!

Hello members! Every once and a while we hear about some fabulous career opportunities that we want to share with you. So, until our job board is up and running (coming soon!), we thought we'd mention them here. Take a look! SENIOR DIRECTOR OF E-COMMECE Executive recruiter The Woods Group has just started a search for…
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A Minute With WIRLC Board Member Leisa Glispy

Welcome to another installment of “A Minute With … ,” where we ask our board members a few questions about work and life. This week we chatted with Leisa Glispy, the founder of Collective Meaning, a digital consultancy providing e-commerce and digital consulting and interim digital services for luxury goods firms, brand manufacturers and consumer…
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Looking for a Few Good Women

Pinterest is in the market for female engineers. While the social media network has an overwhelmingly female user base — 71 percent of its 72.5 million users are women, according to comScore — it lacks diversity in its workforce. Expect that to change in 2016.
 

4 Tips for Developing a Multigenerational Retail Strategy

First, let me say how thrilled I was to meet all the women and retail leaders at the Women in Retail Leadership (WIRL) Summit earlier this year. Their stories and insights were fascinating, exciting and sometimes very funny. I’m honored to be considered part of the retail landscape at this exciting time of innovation and…
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The Inaugural WIRLC Summer Reading List

We're nearing the dog days of August, which can only mean one thing: time to decide what books to take along on your much needed end-of-summer vacation. To help you out, the Inner Circle has come up with a totally subjective list — and in no particular order — of the 10 best business books…
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A Minute With WIRLC Board Member Laura Hnatow

Welcome to our latest installment of “A Minute With …,” where we ask our board members a few questions about work and life. This week we chatted with Laura Hnatow, director of marketing and e-commerce for Sea Bags, a Portland, Maine-based manufacturer and retailer of handcrafted tote bags and accessories from recycled sails. Prior to…
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Women Key to Economic Turnaround

We all know that the U.S. economy has been slow to recover from the Great Recession. In fact, some are suggesting that we may have slipped back into a recession. Slow growth has become the new normal for our economy, and economists all have their theories on why, but an interesting one emerged this week:…
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Let's Keep the Conversation Going

Here at Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), we view social media as a means for us to continue the conversation within our community of women retail leaders who believe in the same mission we do — creating an engaging network of smart, inspiring women. We want to make sure you have the opportunity to…
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Dick’s Sporting Goods Targets Women With New Store Concept

Dick’s Sporting Goods announced this Monday that it’s launching a specialty women’s fitness and lifestyle boutique. The omnichannel sporting goods retailer is naming the stores Chelsea Collective after the diverse and eclectic Chelsea neighborhood in New York City. The first two Chelsea Collective stores will be located in Pittsburgh, Dick’s Sporting Goods hometown, and Tyson’s…
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ICYMI: No More 'Pumping and Dumping' for IBM Staffers

As many of us know, lactating is natural body function. However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy — especially for working moms on the go. In an effort to alleviate some of the logistical complications associated with lactating — and perhaps even to help attract and retain female employees — IBM will begin offering a breast…
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The Gender Bias of Algorithms

As our online worlds expand, the opportunity for targeted ads and promoted content to infiltrate our Facebook news feeds continues to grow. Algorithms shape the everyday online community we immerse ourselves in — the suggested Facebook friends we should make, the search results we see on Google and the trending news we should be following on Twitter. The data collected is considered objective, at least most of the time. However, as the Internet of Things becomes more prevalent, the research of human influence on these algorithms and big data software says otherwise. As a result, it seems facts do have a bias.
 

Welcome to Summer’s Version of Black Friday

If your company sells its products on Amazon.com, are you prepared for the onslaught of traffic and sales today? What you ask? What’s so special about a random Wednesday in July? If you haven’t heard — and I’m sure most of you have by now — today is the inaugural Amazon Prime Day. The online…
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ICYMI: Facebook Creates New Woman-First Icons

As far as software updates go, the one launched by Facebook last week seems relatively minor. The social network simply tweaked its 10-year-old logo. It’s a slight visual update to the icons used to represent friends and groups on the platform, and probably won’t even be noticed by the vast majority of users. But symbolically,…
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Nike Wins by Playing Like a Girl

A few weeks ago, Andy Benoit, a Sports Illustrated contributing writer, tweeted that women's sports in general aren't worth watching. Millions and millions of viewers, Carli Lloyd's hat trick and a World Cup championship later, I'm willing to bet Benoit's googling a remedy for "foot in mouth" syndrome. Last Sunday's FIFA Women's World Cup championship…
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ICYMI: Buh-Bye Bubble Wrap

And now for some sad news: Bubble wrap, the packaging material popular with shippers and toddlers alike, is losing its pop. According to a July 1 article in the The Wall Street Journal, Sealed Air Corp., the original seller of bubble wrap since 1960, is rolling out a revamped version of its signature product. Dubbed…
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What Sheryl Sandberg is Telling the Next Generation of Retail Leaders

Having just emerged from graduation season, there’s an influx of young people entering the workforce and getting their first taste of the “real world.” Before they left the havens of their college campuses, however, they were imparted with words of wisdom from esteemed commencement speakers at their graduation ceremonies. There aren’t many names that get…
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A Minute With WIRLC Board Member Kecia Hielscher

Welcome to our newest feature, "A Minute With ...," where we ask our illustrious board members a few general questions about work and life. This week we chatted with Kecia Hielscher, vice president of brands, Home at HauteLook | Nordstrom Rack.
 

The $100B Holiday You’re Likely Ignoring

How is the holiday rush going for you so far? What holiday rush, you ask. It’s July 1, nearly six months before Santa makes his triumphant appearance. Kids are out of school, summer vacations are ongoing and barbecues are a weekend staple. While all that may be the case for you, there’s a large segment…
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ICYMI: Ellen DeGeneres Debuts New Lifestyle Site, ED by Ellen

I like to think of myself as someone who is in the know about fashion, retail, e-commerce and, I'll admit it, celebrities, so I was surprised to see Ellen DeGeneres’ new lifestyle e-commerce site, ED by Ellen, opened for business yesterday without me knowing about it. And it wasn't a soft launch — the site…
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BaubleBar Goes Brick-and-Mortar

An increasing number of e-tailers are putting down brick-and-mortar roots with "webrooms." Most recently, online jewelry brand and WIRLC favorite BaubleBar announced it's joined the likes of fellow formerly online-only brands Blue Nile, Bonobos, Warby Parker and Birchbox in opening a brick-and-mortar store. BaubleBar's first storefront is in Long Island's Roosevelt Field Mall.
 

Why You Need to Be Spending More on Design

Design matters. I believe this with all my heart. My 30 years of working with brands large, small and in-between have only deepened my belief in this simple statement. Unfortunately, there’s too much bland design in the marketplace today — i.e., design that could and should be so much better. I’m talking about the kind…
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Move Over, Hamilton! A Woman Will Be the New Face of the $10 Bill

It was announced last week that founding father and U.S. Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton will be replaced on the $10 bill by a woman in 2020 — just in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. It will be the first time in over a century a woman has been featured on…
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Want to Launch Your Startup Business? Move to Brooklyn

Brooklyn is the national front-runner for for women-led startups, with 28 percent, 33 businesses in total, reporting to have at least one woman founder. Brooklyn is quickly outpacing other tech-centric cities such as San Francisco (16 percent of startups have at least one woman founder) and Palo Alto, Calif. (12 percent). With companies such as Etsy, MakerBot and Kickstarter all calling Brooklyn home, it's really not surprising. So, why Brooklyn?
 

Women Rise to the Top of Retail Ranks

In what’s hopefully just a precursor to future career advancement opportunities, last week featured the promotions of several women to C-level positions at leading retail brands. Here’s summary of what occurred: Kelly Cook was named the new chief marketing officer at Kmart, where she will replace Andrew Stein, who exited the role to join Big…
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7 Things I Learned at the Fashion Tech Forum

Missed the Fashion Tech Forum (FTF), which was held last week in New York City? Don’t worry, I was there! I’ve condensed the day into seven points you need to know. Here goes: