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The Top Women in Omnichannel Retail

Retail Online Integration's fifth annual list of the leading women executives in omnichannel retail features some of the brightest minds in the industry. (Retail Online Integration is a sister publication of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, and its e-newsletter, The Inner Circle.) This year's nominees were chosen for being in a top-level position within an…
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Women We Love: Eileen Fisher

Who: Eileen Fisher, founder, president and chief creative officer of Eileen Fisher, Inc., as well as a fashion icon. Why: For developing her "business as a movement" mantra, in addition to being a great supporter of female entrepreneurship. Oh, and she's so cool. For Eileen Fisher, it's definitely never business as usual. And that's part…
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Designed for Growth: 7 Tips for Mastering Your Call to Action

The world of marketing has exploded with opportunities to capture the heart of both customers and prospects alike. Whether it’s online or offline, marketers bombard consumers with a cacophony of messages that overload the senses and create confusion. Therefore, it’s more important than ever to present a simple, compelling directive to guide prospects to a…
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Wanted: Women CFOs

A recent study from Fortune (in collaboration with S&P Capital IQ) revealed that despite advancements for women in executive roles, 90 percent of U.S. chief financial officers are men. There are currently 58 female CFOs serving at Fortune 500 companies, according to Fortune's analysis. (The information is based on a database that was updated as…
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Social Media Moguls Join Forces for Women in Tech

Two of the biggest players in the social media world are joining together for a common cause: women in technology. It was announced last week that Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and Jeffery Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, will be launching a mentoring and support program at multiple colleges for women interested in technology. Sandberg's hope…
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Talbots Making a Difference in Womens’ Lives

Talbots, the women’s apparel retailer, announced last week that it’s partnered with Dress for Success to support the nonprofit organization’s “Going Places. Going Strong” initiative. Through March, Talbots will be accepting donations of women’s professional clothing at its more than 8,000 stores across the country. In addition, select Talbots stores will be hosting charity shopping…
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Why Nordstrom Gets It

There are a lot of reasons to love Nordstrom. For starters, for more than 100 years, the fashion retailer's name has become synonymous with great customer service. In addition, Nordstrom has embraced e-commerce full throttle, and the strategy is paying off. In fact, e-commerce is now the fastest-growing part of Nordstrom's business, with sales jumping…
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How to Win With Online Marketplaces

Have you given up hope that your brand will ever be able to compete with Amazon.com and other online marketplaces of its ilk? Granted, the numbers can be discouraging — Amazon owns a 30 percent market share in e-commerce, and accounted for nearly a quarter of online shopping visits during last year’s fourth quarter —…
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Transparency: The Answer to Eliminating the Gender Pay Gap?

It's been over 50 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed, yet women are still making less, on average, than their male counterparts. In his State of the Union Address last month, President Obama reiterated the statistic that working women in the U.S. "make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns." What's even…
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‘Office Housework’ Inhibiting Women in the Workplace

Are you a team player, willing to offer your help when asked upon? If you are, chances are that you’re also a woman. The problem is that this selfless behavior may be stunting your growth up the corporate ladder. Deeply held gender stereotypes that men are ambitious and results-oriented, while women are nurturing and communal,…
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The Birth of a Startup: A Q&A With Iconery's Ivka Adam

Iconery is a startup jewelry business that hopes to change the way consumers purchase jewelry online. Ivka Adam, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Iconery, discusses how the company came to be, as well as how she handles the challenges that come with running a startup. (Ivka is a WIRLC board member and will be…
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Women We Love: Eileen Carey and Lauren Mosenthal

Who: Eileen Carey and Lauren Mosenthal, co-founders of Glassbreakers, an online platform that matches women in technology with peer mentors. Why: These women understand and value the importance of mentorship for women in the technology space. Their platform is "kicking glass." It's no secret that the technology industry, from New York City to Silicon Valley,…
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Rebecca Minkoff Provides a Glimpse Into the Future of Retail at WIRL Summit

The integration of the online and offline shopping worlds is a priority for omnichannel retailers in 2015. In order to remain relevant — and profitable — brick-and-mortar retailers need to find ways to better serve in-store shoppers and meet their demands, whether that’s through technological advancements or simply improved customer service. One such retailer tasked…
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Women We Love: Linda Heasley

Who: Linda Heasley, President and CEO, Lane Bryant Why: She's making it a priority to reshape the public perception around plus-size clothing options. "Calling All Chubbies." Believe it or not, that line was as actually used in a black-and-white advertisement for plus-size retailer Lane Bryant. It's unclear when the ad ran, but it sums up…
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Digging Deeper on Defining the Retail Customer Experience: Thoughts From NRF Big Show

It's been a long time coming, but retailers are finally recognizing that the in-store shopping experience suffers compared to the online shopping experience, and if the exhibits and sessions at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Big Show last month were any indicator, 2015 appears to be the year retailers actually plan to do something about…
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Leadership Lessons From Judith Humphrey

In this podcast interview with Judith Humphrey, author of "Taking the Stage," as well as founder and former president of The Humphrey Group, a firm that focuses on leadership communications, she discusses the top six tips women should follow in the boardroom to be successful in a male-dominated environment. In addition, Humphrey addresses the impact…
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Designed for Growth: The Senior Myth

When several of my clients begin asking the same question within weeks of each other, I take notice. Lately, I’ve heard several variations of something like this: How do I retain my aging customers and begin attracting a younger market? When I dig a little deeper, the driving force behind the question is really about…
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WIRL Summit Speaker Spotlight: Stormy Simon

The Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is excited to announce that Stormy Simon, president of Overstock.com, will be a keynote speaker at our Women in Retail Leadership Summit, taking place in Miami, April 22-23. Simon’s "make it happen" mantra has helped motivate teams throughout Overstock.com. Under her leadership, Overstock.com was named to Forbes’ 2014…
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REI Leads Retail Industry Push for More Women Leadership

The retail industry is the country’s largest private sector employer, supporting 42 million jobs and adding $2.6 trillion to the national economy, according to the National Retail Federation. It therefore stands to reason that women, who account for more than 50 percent of the U.S. population, would hold a significant percentage of the top-level jobs…
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10 TED Talks By Women That Everyone Should Watch

TED Talks are the cream of the crop when it comes to riveting presentations brimming with inspiring words. They inform, engage, educate and, most importantly, connect with viewers. Those who are challenged to give remarkable speeches in 20 minutes or less seldom disappoint, leaving their audiences with many "ideas worth spreading." However, with over 1,900-plus…
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More Women in the Boardroom in 2015?

Just last week, The Inner Circle columnist Christine Carter shared her frustration over the lack of female leadership in the retail industry. And I must say, I agreed completely. While some early reports predict a positive 2015 outlook for women in the boardroom, it still seems like a long road ahead.
 

Women Retail Pioneer G.G. Michelson Dies at 89

G.G. Michelson, who was revered for breaking barriers in the workplace for women, died earlier this month at her home in New York City. She was 89. Michelson was a longtime executive of R. H. Macy & Company, and also served as an adviser to New York City mayors and often as the only female…
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Close Your Eyes and Think of Miami

Palm trees. Beautiful blue water. Sandy beaches. Banana daiquiris. Have I hypnotized you yet? If not (or even if I have), then make sure to sign up for the upcoming Women in Retail Leadership Summit, taking place in beautiful Miami on April 22-23. The Summit, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's signature event, is designed…
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Things We're Obsessed With: The ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative

The ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative (APVVI) is one of the coolest and most important things I've come across lately. In case you haven't heard of it, APVVI is a partnership between ANN INC. and the Vital Voices Global Partnership, an organization that trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe. The…
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Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso on Why She Stepped Down

Sophia Amoruso, the renegade fashion authority, "#GIRLBOSS" author and founder of millennial fashion brand Nasty Gal, explained in a YouTube video why she's  stepping down as CEO at Nasty Gal and promoting retail guru Sheree Waterson in her place. In her blog, Amoruso said the following: "I've found someone, who I've worked with for a…
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