Recent Articles

Retail Trends to Watch in 2015

With 2015 upon us, I wanted to identify two retail trends that I think you need to be paying close attention to this year: 1. Maturing of fulfillment innovations: In 2014, retailers shifted their focus from trying to understand the new behaviors of omnichannel shoppers to actually trying to deliver on the single brand promises…
Read more...
 

Women We Love

Who: Karen Katz, president and CEO, Neiman Marcus Why: For taking a risk and leading a major organizational change in how Neiman's brick-and-mortar and e-commerce teams interact. Neiman Marcus is a luxury retail brand known for $10,000 designer evening gowns and upscale department stores. To me, however, the most fabulous thing about Neiman Marcus is that it made…
Read more...
 

North American Publishing Company Changes Name to NAPCO Media

U.S.-based North American Publishing Company, parent company of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), has announced it's now doing business as NAPCO Media. The new name better represents its evolving portfolio of services while maintaining the brand equity from the company’s inception in 1958. According to NAPCO Media Chairman Ned Borowsky, “the term ‘publishing’…
Read more...
 

A Look at a College Course That Focuses on Women Entrepreneurship

Ten years ago, "Entrepreneurship from the Perspective of Women" was a two-week seminar at Stanford University's Business School. Today, it's one of the most popular full-quarter classes at the prestigious school. In fact, it's currently one of the only classes at Stanford with a waiting list. What makes Fern Mandelbaum’s course different from most MBA…
Read more...
 

Designed for Growth: 3 Small Questions With BIG Implications

Good news! According to new research published by McKinsey & Company, consumers are feeling better about their financial situation than they did throughout the 2008-2012 recession. And yet, there’s bad news: consumer morale remains challenged, and consumers continue to look for ways to save money. With so many options at their fingertips, consumers have the…
Read more...
 

Women We Love

Who: Marigay McKee, president, Saks Fifth Avenue Why: The former secondary school teacher is taking the retail world by storm. Marigay McKee, who in January took over as president of Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the most storied retail brands, certainly had an unorthodox career path. Her first job out of London’s Middlesex University was…
Read more...
 

New American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider Faces Early Challenges

Talk about a chilly reception. Days after being named the new chief executive officer at fashion retailer American Apparel — upon the firing of its controversial former CEO and company founder Dov Charney — Paula Schneider is being met with significant resistance from managers at the brand. More than 30 of those executives asked American…
Read more...
 

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,…
Read more...
 

(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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

‘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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...