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How to Deal With Professional Heartbreak

I remember earlier in my career when I received a terrible review. It was in the middle of some department changes and product launches, and I was working so hard. As an "A" student my whole life, this was equivalent to getting a "C-." I was devastated, and it’s not the only time I and…
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The Sweet Success of Sugarfina

It was only a few years ago that Sugarfina was an unknown candy store. From its sweet beginnings — pun intended (the co-founders came up with the idea while watching "Willy Wonka" on a date) — to today’s luxury candy shop, a lot has changed. Now, there aren't many places you can go without seeing…
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Good News! There’s a Consumption Boom Coming!

The stars are quietly aligning for the next big consumer consumption boom thanks to the inevitable suburban migration of millennial moms and dads, who will be headed to the same pleasant neighborhoods their boomer parents sought as their families expanded. Boomers, generally now age 55-75, followed the paths of the generations before them, often embarking…
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Introducing Jasmine Bellamy, WIRLC's Diversity and Inclusion Director!

I have some great news to report this morning: Jasmine Bellamy has joined the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) advisory board as its first-ever diversity and inclusion director! In this role, Jasmine, who has a distinguished 25-year career in retail merchandising and currently holds a leadership position in merchandising at Gap Inc., will advise WIRLC's board…
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Good Morning, August

Seriously, how is it August already?! While some are already thinking tis the season (back-to-school season that is), we're enjoying the last few (hot!) weeks we have of the summer season lounging poolside … just kidding! We've definitely been enjoying the summer weather and taking a minute to relax, but it hasn't slowed down our…
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In Retail, Big Isn’t Better

In the big business of retail, “authenticity” is starting to become a meaningless buzzword. Executives, marketers and creative agencies like to toss the concept across giant conference tables in hopes of hooking a generation of consumers. Leaders of the world’s biggest retail chains are constantly attempting to connect with shoppers through lower costs and greater…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Kate Torgersen, Founder and CEO, Milk Stork

Meet Kate Torgersen, founder and CEO of Milk Stork, the first company to tackle the challenge of getting breast milk home for traveling business moms. Kate is the subject of our latest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A! Fueled by grassroots word-of-mouth among moms, Milk Stork quickly became an in-demand employee benefit for many of the country’s leading companies and firms. Among the newest clients are Nissan, OpenTable and Paypal. Milk Stork is empowering moms returning to work to get the support they need from employers to enable them to do their best as moms and in their careers.
 

Time Management Tips From WIRLC Members, Part 2

Remember last week's article where we highlighted time management tips sent to me by Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members? Well, we have another great time management tip to share this week from June Ryan, RADM, USCG (Ret.), whom some of you might remember from her inspiring and heartfelt presentation at this year's Women in Retail…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Mary Wong, President, Listen Learn Care Foundation

When Christine Buscarino, a member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, told us she was a board director for the Listen Learn Care Foundation, we decided to look into what the organization is all about. Well, we're glad we did! The Listen Learn Care Foundation, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., supports a variety of programs…
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Member News!

I wanted to take the opportunity this week to spread the good news of our Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members. I have lots of good news to share, so let's get started! Sharon M. Leite has been named CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe, effective Aug. 27. Sharon will also serve as a member of The Vitamin…
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Report: Gender Wage Gap Plagues the Retail Industry

Total Retail, sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle, recently released its 2018 Salary Benchmark Report. The report features salary data from Total Retail's audience of retail executives, representing organizations of all sizes and product verticals. The survey data was analyzed based upon a number of variables, including age, title, company size (measured by annual revenue),…
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Time Management Tips From WIRLC Members!

Hey Inner Circle readers! I asked the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's fabulous members (through our members-only Online Forum) if they have any day-to-day time management hacks they use to keep themselves on track. Well, I got some great replies, and lucky for us, our members have agreed to let me share their tips with you!…
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Road-Trip With WIRLC

Good morning ladies! I'll keep it short and sweet so you can get back to your regularly scheduled summer fun :) While we're in full summer mode — camping fireside with S'mores, sitting on the beach with a great read — all of this traveling has our thoughts on the road … the WIRLC On…
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Tech Spotlight: Magento on the Importance of Diversity in Leadership

In this video from the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Andrea Ward, chief marketing officer at Magento, a software solutions company, discusses retailers’ pain points, including the rapid pace of technology evolution; who she admires; and why it's important that more women climb the corporate ladder and create diversity in the C-suite.
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Online Forums? Yes, Please!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I wanted to let you know about a feature available to our Women in Retail Leadership Circle members that you may not be aware of: Online Forums. The forums are designed to provide our membership community with a way to connect with each other. They are fantastic tools to swap ideas,…
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Perfecting the Unboxing Experience is Do or Die for E-Tailers

The retail world has been cleverly avoiding the icy grip of the grim reaper for several years now. As consumers continue to shift their whims and wallets with just a few clicks, the reports of retail’s demise and potential rebirth keep coming. After spending a week with some of the leading executives of retail companies…
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Job of the Week: Vice President of Marketing, Soma

Hello Inner Circle readers! Soma is searching for the perfect vice president of marketing. Could it be you? Check out all the details below! Title: Vice President of Marketing Reports to: Mary van Praag, President, Soma Opportunity: The vice president of marketing is responsible for developing and leading Soma's omnichannel marketing activities in an effort to…
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Tech Spotlight: Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth on the Balance Between Innovative Technology and Customer Privacy

In this video from the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Phyllis Marcus, partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth, a global law firm that handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for clients in myriad industries, including retail and consumer product goods, discusses retail's legislative pain points, including customer data and privacy; the use of blockchain to more effectively…
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Tuning in to WIRLC Members’ Favorite Podcasts

Good morning ladies! There's something about the sweetness of summer that makes us smile. Here at Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), we’re tuning out bad vibes and listening to some of our board members’ favorite podcasts on life, leadership and taking the next steps in your career. One of our fabulous members (and founding…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Jen Forman, Founder and CEO, Charlotte's Closet

Meet Jen Forman, the founder and CEO of Charlotte's Closet, an online platform where teens can borrow designer dresses for every occasion at a fraction of the retail cost. Jen is the subject of our latest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A! When yet another party invitation arrived for her young daughter, Charlotte, Jen dreaded…
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WIRLC Road Trip!

On the road again … can't wait to get back on the road again …  We're taking Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) on the road with our upcoming On the Road series. I know your first thought is how Kerouac of us, right? (JK ...) But really, we heard you and we're bringing a new version of…
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Job of the Week: Senior Director of E-Commerce, Content and Merchandising Strategy, Dick's Sporting Goods

This week's job posting comes via Eileen Rodgers Meade, vice president of e-commerce and customer service at Dick's Sporting Goods, and Women in Retail Leadership Circle Advisory Board member! Dick’s Sporting Goods, the sporting goods retailer offering brand-name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment, is in search of the perfect…
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Women in Retail Leadership Circle Member News!

Hello Inner Circle readers! This week we thought we'd spend some time focusing on some great news we have about several of our members. Read on! Ivy Chin has joined American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) as its chief digital and technology officer. In this newly created role, Ivy will be responsible for driving (pun intended!) ATD’s…
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Tech Spotlight: GPShopper on Why it's Important to Have Women in Leadership Roles

In this video from the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Maya Mikhailov, chief marketing officer at GPShopper, a mobile technology solutions provider, discusses retailer pain points — automating personalization, fighting for consumer attention; retail technology trends; and the value of having women in leadership roles, particularly in the retail industry.  
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Top Women in Retail Share Their Leadership Tips

In the video below, a trio of this year's Top Women in Retail honorees, as recognized by the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's sister publication, Total Retail, including Carrie Ask, executive vice president and president, global retail, Levi Strauss & Co.; Paula Bennett, former CEO of J.Jill; and Shea Jensen, senior vice president, customer experience,…
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