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Job of the Week: Chief Marketing Officer, DXL Group

Hello Inner Circle readers! DXL Group, a specialty retailer of men's big and tall apparel, is looking for a chief marketing officer! Could that be you? Title: Chief Marketing Officer, DXL Group Opportunity: Are you a CMO or CMO material? And when we say "material," we don't mean as in material things, we mean "fabric." Because that's what we…
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Women Are Ruling This Summer!

So far this summer, women are ruling! Just check out some of the recent badass women in the news: Earlier this month, the United States women’s national soccer team won its FOURTH World Cup title. It was the second straight World Cup win after dominating in Canada four years ago. Coco Gauff, a 15-year-old tennis prodigy,…
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New Associate Member Spotlight: Cynthia Hollen, President, U.S., eShopWorld

From time to time, the Inner Circle spotlights some of the new, fabulous Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members. In today’s issue, we’re excited to feature one of our new associate members, Cynthia Hollen, president, U.S., at eShopWorld, a global e-commerce platform. Here’s an interview I conducted with Cynthia to help us all get…
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7 Soulful Practices for Leadership Clarity, Part 2

This article is part two of a two-part series on leadership by Andrea Syverson. Read part one, which includes tips one through three, here. As leaders, we’re continually pulled in many directions — both in and out of the office. How to stay centered? How to lead with clarity in a world of constantly changing variables?…
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This content is for members only WIRLS 2019: Leadership Panel

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features the Leadership Panel from the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, which was held April 29-May 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami. Moderator Dawn Robertson, partner, WHYZ Partners, and CEO, OCM, a Spire Capital Portfolio Company, spoke with retail leaders Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy; Lisa…
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Vanessa LeFebvre, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Adidas on the Importance of Real Feedback

During the Leadership Panel session at this year’s Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Vanessa LeFebvre, senior vice president, commercial, Adidas, explained how she learned the significance of real feedback. Early in her career, a direct report brought to LeFebvre’s attention that some people in the office found her to be intimidating.  “The perception of who you…
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Hello Ladies of the Inner Circle!

I would like to introduce myself as the newest member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) team. My name is Ashley Chiaradio. While I’m new to WIRLC, I'm no stranger to its parent company, NAPCO Media. I worked as a production and content editor for Promo Marketing for over two years. I left…
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Words of Advice From Jennifer Fleiss, CEO and Co-Founder, Jetblack

When you need some sage career advice, there are few better to turn to than Jennifer Fleiss, CEO and co-founder of Jetblack, the members-only personal shopping and concierge service that combines the convenience of e-commerce with the customized attention of a personal assistant. Fleiss is the co-founder of Rent the Runway, the business that has…
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7 Soulful Practices for Leadership Clarity, Part 1

As leaders, we're continually pulled in many directions — both in and out of the office. How to stay centered? How to lead with clarity in a world of constantly changing variables? How to not just survive but thrive? This spring, I had the delightful honor of joining Sheryl Clark, president and CEO of Boston…
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Happy Almost Fourth!

Good morning Inner Circle readers! Can you believe it's already almost July 4 weekend? This year, I'm going to the beach with my family, then to a friend's house for a barbecue and fireworks viewing! What are you planning to do? As you're probably on your way out the door today, I decided to keep…
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My Girlboss Rally Takeaways

Hi, I'm Caroline Williams. I'm a 15-year-old high school sophomore (rising junior!). My mom is Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle. I was given the opportunity to attend the Girlboss Rally in Los Angeles this past weekend, and I would love to share a few of my takeaways with you. In…
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The Age of Talent: How to Set Aside Performance Bias and Harness the Power of Generational Diversity

As e-commerce enters its second decade of maturity, a new generation of executives is entering the C-suite. Some of these professionals are self-made, having launched successful companies that have made them highly visible 20-and-30-something CEOs. Others, prized for their digital fluency and new ways of thinking, are rising through the ranks in the fast track…
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Partner Spotlight: Acquiring Customers Through Partnership Marketing With FindKeep.Love

Lauren Nagel is founder and CEO of sister companies FindKeep.Love, a B-to-C partnership marketing platform, and Scale It For Me, a B-to-B customer acquisition agency. FindKeep.Love was a partner sponsor at the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit. In this video, Nagel discusses how FindKeep.Love facilitates partnerships between non-competitive B-to-C brands to create a customer acquisition channel through sweepstakes campaigns and…
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How 3 Industry Disruptors Are Combating a 'Noisy' Retail Environment

In a panel discussion at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, a trio of female entrepreneurs offered insights into their brands that are disrupting the retail industry. The panel consisted of Rachel Cohen, co-founder and co-CEO of Snowe, a direct-to-consumer home essentials brand; Melissa Mash, co-founder and CEO of Dagne Dover, a designer and seller of…
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Find Your Inner Writer

Here at the Inner Circle we're always striving to provide insight and advice that’s both thought-provoking and useful to our readers and Women in Retail Leadership Circle members. In fact, we work hard each week to create an e-newsletter that we hope leaves you feeling inspired, empowered and maybe even a little smarter. To that end, we’re always…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Kate Fernandez, Global Director, Brand Marketing and Content, Winky Lux

For this week's Inner Circle Q&A, the folks at Custora, a Women in Retail Leadership Summit sponsor partner, interviewed an executive of one of its great customers, Winky Lux. Kate Fernandez is the global director of brand marketing and content at Winky Lux, an animal cruelty-free, non-toxic beauty brand born on Instagram and built with speed in mind.…
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Partner Spotlight: Gifting Brands Offers Socially Responsible Solution to Excess Inventory

Jeannie Barsam, founder and CEO of Gifting Brands, a partner sponsor at the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, discusses how retailers can address the issue of excess inventory through donation. Barsam offers details into how Gifting Brands is providing a solution that does social good. During her more than 20-year career working for enterprise retailers, Barsam saw companies…
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WIRLC News!

Hello Inner Circle readers! There's lots of exciting news from Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) this week! Here goes: 1. We're thrilled that our very own Jennifer DiPasquale, president and co-founder, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and Total Retail, a division of NAPCO Media, was named a 2019 Folio: Top Women in Media honoree! Each June, Folio: hosts the Top…
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Job of the Week: CEO, JK Adams

Hello Inner Circle readers! JK Adams, a family-owned specialty wood products manufacturing company, is looking for a CEO! Could that be you? Title: CEO, JK Adams Opportunity: JK Adams has been in business for over 75 years, and it designs, manufactures and distributes a line of high-end proprietary products for the kitchen and home. Products include…
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Career Coach Dr. Betty Orlandino on How Networking Can Accelerate Women's Careers

As part of a panel discussion at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Career Coaching Strategies From the Experts, Dr. Betty Orlandino, founder, Betty Orlandino, PhD Inc., discussed the value that networking can offer women throughout their careers — and that it can occur in any and all situations. "You never know who you're talking…
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This content is for members only WIRLS 2019: Career Coaching Strategies From the Experts

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. This video features the Career Coaching Strategies panel from the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, which was held April 29-May 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami. Moderator Grace Killelea, CEO and founder, GKC Group, leads panelists and career coaches Danielle Beauparlant Moser, co-founder and managing partner, bltCareers; Dr. Betty…
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Take the 2019 Retail Technology Survey, and Get Valuable Industry Insights

Women in Retail Leadership Circle's sister brand, Total Retail, is conducting a brief survey as part of a larger research report to better understand retailers use of technology, including their technology buying processes. We'd love to have the WIRLC community participate in this survey, as well as receive the subsequent report. If you haven't done so already,…
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Partner Spotlight: Pepperjam CMO on Leveraging Affiliate Marketing

Maura Smith, chief marketing officer at Pepperjam, a partner sponsor at the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit, discusses how retailers can efficiently reach, engage and convert new customers through affiliate marketing. Pepperjam helps retailers partner with publishers through its Ascend affiliate marketing lifecycle platform, which was purpose-built for the modern marketer. Smith shares a client success story that…
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Insights and Advice on How to Be a Better Leader

Hello Inner Circle readers! I’m super excited this week to tell you about a special report Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s sister brand, Total Retail, recently published called Lessons Learned: Stories From Top Retail Executives. The report includes interviews with five exceptional women retail leaders, and focuses on the lessons they've learned during their illustrious, albeit bumpy…
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Sugarfina's Rosie O'Neill on Embracing Impostor Syndrome

In her keynote presentation, "How Following Your Joy Can Lead to Success," at this year's Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Rosie O'Neill, co-founder and co-CEO of luxury candy company Sugarfina, suggested several actions attendees should focus on if they want to find their joy. O'Neill's suggestions included the following: Be present. Do more of what makes you…
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