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Exciting New Retail Tech Event Coming to Dallas in September!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I wanted to use this space today to let you all know about a new event our sister brand, Total Retail, is hosting that I'm super excited about! It's called Total Retail Tech, and is taking place from Sept. 18-20 at the Highland Hotel in Dallas! Why am I so excited about it? Well, for…
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Tech Spotlight: D2L Shares How Technology Can Help Create the Next Generation of Leaders

In this special episode of Women in Retail Talks, Tamara Niesen, senior product marketing manager at D2L, a smart learning platform, talks about how technology can help brands improve their employees’ career prospects; retail technology trends, including the future of blockchain; inspirations in her career; and the value of diversity within corporate leadership. This episode…
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Job of the Week: Vice President of Marketing, Lilly Pulitzer

Hello Inner Circle readers! Lilly Pulitzer, the famed women's apparel and resort wear company, is in search of the perfect vice president of marketing. Check out all the details below! Title: Vice President of Marketing Reports to: CEO Michelle Kelly Opportunity: The vice president of marketing will have overall responsibility for building Lilly Pulitzer's communications (all forms), branding,…
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Do You Want to Write for the Inner Circle?

We here at the Inner Circle are 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 a little smarter. To that…
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Jan Singer Shares Her Secrets to Leadership Success

In the video below, Jan Singer, CEO of Victoria's Secret Lingerie, shares her top leadership tips and more. Women in Retail Leadership Circle interviewed Singer at this year's Outstanding Mother Awards event in New York City, where she was being honored along with Chelsea Clinton, vice chair, Clinton Foundation; Artemis Patrick, chief merchandising officer, Sephora; and…
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All About Book Club

"A well-read woman is a dangerous creature." — Lisa Kleypas It's that time of year again. While last weekend was the unofficial start to summer, we've already broken out the flip-flops, hung up the hammock and made a list of top summer reads. We're getting ready for June with the three great reads below. Have…
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Job of the Week: Senior Director of Customer Engagement, Sally Beauty Holdings

Hello Inner Circle readers! Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., the professional beauty supply company with annual sales of $5 billion, is in search of the perfect director of customer engagement. Here are the details! — Melissa Title: Senior Director of Customer Engagement Reports to: General Vice President of Marketing, Chris Kobus The Opportunity: Senior Director of Customer Engagement is…
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This content is for members only 2018 Women in Retail Leadership Summit Keynotes

Check out all of the keynotes from this year's Women in Retail Leadership Summit!
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Tech Spotlight: DynamicAction CMO on Tech Trends, Inspiration and the Value of Workplace Diversity

In this special edition of Women in Retail Talks, Sarah Engel, chief marketing officer at DynamicAction, an analytics solution provider, talks about retail technology trends, including the future of blockchain; inspirations in her career; and the value of diversity within corporate leadership. This episode was recorded at this year's fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Trusst Lingerie Founder and CEO Shares Her Startup Story

We're excited to present to you our newest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A, which features interviews with Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members, advisory board members and ladies who lead. This week’s Q&A is with Sophia Berman, founder and CEO of Trusst Lingerie. Leveraging a degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon, Berman…
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Happy Spring!

Spring has sprung (at least in New York!), and we here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and the Inner Circle are excited about the season ahead! We're also excited about the following WIRLC events on the horizon: Women in Retail Leadership Circle | On the Road events. These one-day events, taking place in…
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How Jane Elfers Turned Around The Children’s Place

Jane Elfers has delivered several years of industry-leading shareholder returns since joining The Children’s Place as president and CEO in 2010. But how did she do it, especially since the company had been on a downward trajectory for several years when she joined? According to a discussion Elfers had with Robin Lewis, CEO, The Robin…
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Life Lessons From Some Outstanding Mothers

To all the working moms out there, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! Before I was a mom, I used to pooh-pooh the holiday, saying it was just a consumerist idea. But now that I'm a mom (to Caroline, 14 and Christopher, 13), I really embrace the holiday. I mean, moms should…
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I Got it From My Mama

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt I know the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) ladies have likely heard this quote before :) Not only is it a strong set of words to live by, but it's also a mantra the WIRLC team strives for…
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Rocksbox Founder and CEO Shares Her Top Leadership Tip

In this video, filmed last month at the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami, Meaghan Rose, founder and CEO of Rocksbox, shares her inspiration for launching the jewelry subscription service, her thoughts on the top retail trends of 2018, and her advice on maintaining work-life balance.
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Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

Ah, May. There's something about the longer days and warmer weather as spring starts to take hold that feels like a restart button. Maybe it's the change of season, or maybe we're still reminiscing and feeling pretty inspired from the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit and all of the incredible women we met,…
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Scenes From the Summit

I don't know about you, but we're still reminiscing over how wonderful the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit was! As we look back at poolside connections with our fabulous attendees, quote some of our favorite speakers, and rock some of the beautiful SWAG we received (amirite ;), we took a moment to share…
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Needed: Chief Joy Officers

Those of us who attended this year’s Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami were certain of one thing — it was one JOYFUL gathering! So many smart women under one roof and blue sky! Joy-filled connections from past relationships, joy-filled introductions amongst new friends. Honest, heartfelt, inspiring presentations that shared both worklife joys and…
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Words of Wisdom From the Women in Retail Leadership Summit

How has it already been a week since the #WIRSummit?! We have so many favorite memories from the Summit, so we thought we'd share some of them with you. Here are some of the words of wisdom from our phenomenal speakers at this year's Women in Retail Leadership Summit. Tell us some of your favorite…
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Still Feeling the Summit Love

It's been almost a week since the close of the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), and we here at the Inner Circle are still on cloud nine! Jen and I have been flooded with lovely thank-you emails and messages from attendees, speakers and sponsors, and we've read and responded to each and every…
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We Just Wanted to Say …

THANK YOU! As the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) comes to a close, the entire Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) team wanted to take a minute to say thank you to all of our fabulous speakers, attendees and sponsors. WIRLC started five years ago with the goal of supporting and advocating for…
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Confidence Drives Build-A-Bear Workshop’s CEO's Success

In a keynote presentation yesterday at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami, sponsored by Synchrony, Sharon Price John, CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, gave an inspiring speech that ended with attendees giving her a standing ovation. John described her unlikely path to success in the world of advertising and retail, and offered insights from…
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Jessica Herrin, Founder and CEO of Stella & Dot, Shares Her Personal Journey

There have been countless inspiring stories from the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), but one that truly sticks out was the presentation given by Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder of Stella & Dot, a jewelry company that has recently expanded into skincare with Ever Skincare. Herrin founded Stella & Dot in 2013,…
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Party in the City Where the Heat is On …

Hey ladies! We're less than a week out from being in sunny Miami at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), and I for one can't wait! With all of the fabulous networking opportunities at the Summit, we know WIRLS can be a bit of a whirlwind (see what I did there ;). Below are a…
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Gender Pay Scorecard Reveals Failing Remarks for Walmart, Facebook

79,205 days, 2,604 months, or otherwise known as 217 years. This is the estimated time it would currently take to close the gender wage gap. More than two lifetimes. Yesterday, to coincide with International Equal Pay Day, Arjuna Capital and Proxy Impact released their first annual Gender Pay Scorecard (GPS) report, which analyzed and ranked…
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