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What's Your Take?

It seems the higher women climb the corporate ladder, the larger the gender gap below them becomes. Women currently hold just 5 percent of CEO positions at companies that rank on this year's Fortune 1,000 list. However, one of the driving forces behind an increasing gender gap in corporate America isn't in those leadership roles,…
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(Re)Introducing Eloquii

Back in 2011, The Limited entered into the plus-size clothing market with the launch of Eloquii. During its year-and-a-half run, Eloquii gained quite a following. So when The Limited quietly closed the brand in the summer of 2013 to focus more on its original business, loyal customers were devastated. However, all was not lost. Instead…
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Women + Millennials = More Successful Businesses

If you’re running a business, maybe even one you’ve founded, you might want to consider hiring women and millennials for leadership positions. Doing so might just make your business more money. According to a recent study from Development Dimensions International (DDI), a talent management consultancy, businesses that have women and millennials in leadership roles are…
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Black Friday's Permanent Scars?

Black Friday is dead. While the death might seem to have been breathtaking and quick — a drastic 11 percent drop in sales over Thanksgiving weekend — it was actually a long time coming, and the scars from the experience promise to shape retail's future for a long time to come. In 2012, RSR declared…
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Women We Love

Who: Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code Why: Saujani is working to reverse the decline of women in the technology sector by empowering girls to pursue majors and careers in computer science. I first heard of Girls Who Code (GWC) while surfing the internet with my 11-year-old daughter. She loves technology, is…
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Reprogramming the Gender Balance

Women are pivotal to technological innovation and entrepreneurial growth, however, not many are pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. Currently, nearly 60 percent of the American workforce is women. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of women are working in the technology field. Lucidworks recently released an infographic that offers a snapshot of the gender gap and how it compares to the rest of the workforce.
 

Women We Love

Who: Jill Granoff, CEO and chairman of Vince, a leading contemporary fashion brand. Why: As CEO of a growing fashion empire, Jill knows how to get things done. On Dec. 2, Jill Granoff, CEO and chairman of contemporary fashion brand Vince, announced that the company’s third quarter was yet another strong one. “We delivered total…
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5 Facts No One Tells You About Hiring Millennials

Here’s a brief definition of my generation, millennials: millennial (mil-len-ee-uh l) n. 1 also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y. 2 the demographic cohort following Generation X. 3 birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. Even in the workplace, you shouldn’t generalize millennials. We’re the largest generation in the…
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‘Lean In’ Movement Failing to Yield Results

Much attention has been given to Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” and the potential impact it could have on the career paths of women. The book spawned the creation of LeanIn.org, a nonprofit organization that’s committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support needed to help…
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How L’Oreal Fosters Women Tech Entrepreneurs

The beauty industry targets its products and services primarily to women. It makes sense then that women, who are frequently the customer for beauty brands such as L’Oreal, should have their voices heard when it comes to charting the future direction of the industry. However, this hasn’t always been the case. For many years there…
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What's Your Take?

According to a recent report from Tetyana Pudrovska, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas-Austin, and Amelia Karraker, assistant professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State University, women in leadership positions are more prone to depression than men. It seems the ability to hire, fire and influence pay is more…
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Women We Love

Who: Megan Smith, the former Google executive who is now the first female chief technology officer of the United States. Why: Well, besides being the first female CTO of the U.S., Smith has done some really cool stuff at Google and is set to make big changes at the White House. In September, the White…
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Inaugural #WomenWOW Starts Tomorrow

This Wednesday will mark a new a new shopping day for the holiday season: Women on Wednesday. The event was created by the Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED) to celebrate women entrepreneurs globally and to encourage investment in women and women-owned businesses.
 

Designed for Growth: The Bribe or the Brand?

During the holiday shopping season, you’ll see more offers, promotions, teasers … well, more bribes to drive sales than any other time of the year. With holiday consumer spending forecast to reach $619 billion, brands are scrambling to ensure they get their piece of the pie. Is the “bribe” necessarily a bad thing? Well, it…
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Read This if You Want to Be On a Corporate Board

Let’s start with the good news: women are making progress when it comes to entering the corporate boardroom. The bad news: women still represent a small percentage of corporate board members. Women now hold 17.7 percent of Fortune 1000 board seats, compared to 14.6 percent three years ago, according to a report released last week…
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3 Weird But Effective Tips for Marketing to Millennials

Ah, millennials. In the past two years, the millennial generation — heck, even the word “millennial” — has become something of a buzzword, a pop culture phenomenon. However, don’t be fooled into thinking targeting this affluent, influential generation is a cliché. Marketing to millennials can undeniably increase your company’s sales revenue. Consider that millennials have an annual direct spending power estimated at $200 billion.
 

Women We Love

Who: Ivanka Trump, author, designer, real estate scion, CEO and founder of the Ivanka Trump Collection, principal of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, wife, mother, and now lifestyle entrepreneur. Why: For creating the ultimate destination for women who work.
 

Wanted: Women Entrepreneurs

Ernst and Young released a report earlier this year stating that while women start businesses at 1.5 times the rate of men and are at least half-owners of 46 percent of privately held firms, only 2 percent of women-owned businesses in the U.S break $1 million in revenue. However, a recent study by French bank…
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What to Expect for Black Friday Weekend

Normally we at RSR go out on Black Friday and share our perspective on what activity on that special day may mean for the retail season overall. But increasingly, the "season" has already begun by the time we get to the Friday after Thanksgiving, whether because some retailers open on Thursday now instead, or because online shoppers are savvy enough to pick up gift deals well before Black Friday gets here. So instead of offering my take on how the season looks based on how Black Friday does, here's some predictions for the big retail weekend itself.
 

Food52’s Amanda Hesser on How to Do Content and Commerce Right

In last week’s Inner Circle, I highlighted Amanda Hesser, the co-founder and CEO of Food52. Specifically, I covered Hesser's tips for starting a business, which she discussed at the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp in New York City earlier this month. This week, I focus on how Hesser has been able to blend content and commerce…
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How Normal is Doing Something Extraordinary

I had heard briefly about Normal, the manufacturer/retailer of tailor-made 3-D printed premium earphones, before its CEO and Founder Nikki Kaufman took to the stage at PSFK's Future of Retail Event in New York City on Nov. 14. But after hearing about the company in more detail, I was riveted.
 

Food52’s Amanda Hesser on Starting a Business

In last week’s Inner Circle, I wrote about a Q&A session with Diane von Furstenberg that took place during the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp in New York City. This week, I thought I’d discuss some of the insight I gleaned from another speaker at the event, Amanda Hesser, the co-founder and CEO of Food52,…
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Inspirational Thoughts From the Makers: Women in Business Documentary, Part 2

In part one of this two-part series about the "Makers: Women in Business" PBS documentary, I reviewed the profile done of Spanx Founder and Owner Sara Blakely. In the second and final part of this series, I focus on the documentary's profile of Rent the Runway Co-Founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman. In 2009, Hyman, along…
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Wal-Mart Invests in Women Employees Across the Globe

Women have traditionally been under-represented in manufacturing and factory jobs, with those positions typically filled by “more physically able” men. This is particularly true in some of the poorer countries around the world that manufacture goods for pennies on the dollar, including India, Bangladesh and China, among others. In fact, it’s rare for women in those countries to have jobs outside of the home at all.
 

GoldieBlox Releases ‘Anti-Barbie’ Action Figure

Over the last two years, Debbie Sterling, founder of toy company GoldieBlox, has made a dramatic impact on the “pink aisle.” With a business plan to create engineering-friendly toys for young girls, Sterling was able to raise over $150,000 in just four days on Kickstarter for the startup. Video marketing has helped propel GoldieBlox from fledgling startup into a recognizable brand. Following a highly publicized dispute with the Beastie Boys over its Super Bowl commercial — GoldieBlox used the group's hit song "Girls" in a parody toy video — GoldieBlox is back with a new viral ad.