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Art.com's CEO on Why Failure is Essential to Success

For most senior-level executives, failure isn't a step backward; it’s an excellent stepping stone to success. In fact, most leaders I've spoken to believe that you never learn to move out of your comfort zone if you don’t overcome your fear of failure. One such executive is Kira Wampler, the Silicon Valley technologist, product and…
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Women Rule at the NRF Big Show!

Well, that's a wrap: This week I survived my 10th NRF Big Show in New York City! And I've lived to tell the tale! As I started to analyze the long list of retail trends I gleaned from speaking to retailers, consultants, analysts and service providers, as well as attending sessions at the event (trends…
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Top Tweets From Women Leaders at NRF's Big Show

Women represented at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) Big Show this year! Dozens of women retail leaders appeared on all of the Big Show's many stages as well as the Girls' Lounge at this week's event, doing what they do best: offering sage advice; discussing business strategy best practices; presenting tips on how to be…
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WIRLC Member Perk: Collaborative Gain

One of my favorite things to do for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is to let you know about some of our new partnerships and member perks! Today I'm announcing that WIRLC has formed a partnership with a great organization called Collaborative Gain. Some of you may have heard of this organization before, but for…
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Boon Supply Co. Founder and CEO Lily Kanter on Retail Tech Trends to Watch

The topic of retail technology was a big part of a panel discussion that took place at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event in San Francisco last November. The panel featured industry disruptors Lily Kanter, CEO and founder, Boon Supply Co.; Cassie Fossum, CEO and founder, Mavette; and Jenna Kerner, co-CEO and co-founder of Harper…
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This content is for members only Change Agents: Industry Disruptors Shaping a New Generation of Retail

This is members-only content. To view, please log In or apply below. This video features the "Retail Change Agents" panel from WIRLC On the Road: San Francisco, which was held this past November. Industry disruptors including Lily Kanter, CEO and founder of Boon Supply Co.; Cassie Fossum, CEO and founder of Mavette; and Jenna Kerner, co-CEO and co-founder…
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Great to Meet You!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I want to take a moment and introduce myself as the newest member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle team. My name is Kristina Stidham, and I recently joined WIRLC full-time as an associate content editor. I graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in May 2018, and started at NAPCO…
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Let's Make 2019 the Year of No Fear!

Happy New Year Inner Circle readers! I hope you had a great holiday season and are ready to get back to being the fabulous women professionals you know you are! Before I start going deep into my 2019 resolution planning, this year I’m taking a step back to reflect on how 2018 went before starting…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Sheryl Perlow, Creator, Wicked Awesome Brownie

Meet Sheryl Perlow, creator of Wicked Awesome Brownie, the luscious brownie that was one of the goodies in the swag bag at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event in New York City. Sheryl is the subject of our latest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A!  Melissa Campanelli: Tell us about your background.…
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How to Conduct a New Year Well-Being Audit for Your Team

The New Year brings with it both an increase in retail traffic, as well as additional demands on your team. For customer-facing professionals, the need to continually adapt and manage their emotions to display “service with a smile” can be additional stress in the light of a crowded store and sometimes unpleasant customer behavior. As…
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This content is for members only Personal Branding With BLT Careers’ Danielle Beauparlant Moser

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Game Changer: Jacq Tatelman, Co-Founder, STATE Bags

This interview is featured in Total Retail's fourth annual Game Changers report. Total Retail is a sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle. The Game Changers report seeks to highlight the entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the traditional retail industry, whether it be through digital innovation, unique product, enhancements to the supply…
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Happy Holidays!

As 2018 winds down, we here at Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, event attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, and the many friends of our group for their continued support. It is truly YOU who makes WIRLC so valued as a premier member association for executive-level women…
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Want More Speaking Opportunities in 2019? Read On!

Are you making your 2019 resolutions list yet? Well, if so, here's one to add to the list: do more public speaking engagements this year. Why? There are myriad reasons, but in general, speaking engagements will make you more visible in your industry, increase networking opportunities and, in short, help you to become a better…
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Why We All Need a Personal Board of Advisors

Let’s face it: We live in a world full of choices and unlimited amounts of information available to us when making decisions. Whether it be a job change, a relationship conundrum or a health decision, sometimes talking these issues through is the best way to sift through the data and consider all the possible outcomes,…
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Where Are All the Female CEOs?

I read some disheartening news this week: Even though there has been a lot of momentum around the advancement of women into senior leadership roles at companies lately, men still hold the vast majority (95 percent) of CEO positions at the largest American and European companies, at least according to a new report from executive…
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Omnichannel Strategy Helps Drive Sephora's Rapid Growth

In this video interview recorded at last month's WIRLC On the Road: San Francisco, Alison Hahn, senior vice president of color merchandising at Sephora, discusses the movements through her career that lead her to her current position, the beauty retailer's latest innovations, and how an omnichannel strategy has positioned Sephora for success. WIR OTR San…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Yve-Car Momperousse, Founder and CEO, Kreyol Essence

Meet Yve-Car Momperousse, founder and CEO of Kreyol Essence, a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of natural hair, skin and body products from Haiti. Momperousse is the subject of our latest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A! Inner Circle: Tell us about your background. Yve-Car Momperousse: I would sum up my background as a combination of nonprofit management, development (fundraising),…
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Beauty Systems Group is Seeking a CRM Leader

Hello Inner Circle readers! Beauty Systems Group (BSG), a division of Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. that distributes beauty products to salon professionals through its CosmoProf and Armstrong McCall branded divisions, is in search of the perfect senior director of CRM and channel strategy. Here are the details: Title: Senior Director of CRM and Channel Strategy Reports To: Global Vice…
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Vitamin Shoppe, Lilly Pulitzer, Riley Execs Talk Leadership, Career Development

In this video recorded at this fall's On the Road: New York City, WIRLC Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews a panel of retail executives on leadership and career-defining moments. The panel features Michelle Kelly, CEO of Lilly Pulitzer; Sharon Leite, CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe; and Heather Kaminetsky, founder and president of Riley.
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I'll Be Seeing You …

The end of a year can be bittersweet. It’s heartwarming to reminisce about the highs of the year and reflect on the lessons you've learned, and always exciting to think about the next adventure the new year has to bring. This year, these notions hold especially true. This is my last e-newsletter as the senior…
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A Q&A With Trisha Gregory, Co-Founder and CEO, Armarium

In this video interview recorded at last month's WIRLC On the Road: New York City, Trisha Gregory, co-founder and CEO of Armarium, a high-end fashion and accessories rental service, details her inspiration for co-founding the company as well as what's next for the brand. WIR OTR NYC - Trisha Gregory, Armarium from NAPCO Video on…
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Is it Dec. 26 Yet?

The holiday sprint has begun! As retailers (and let's face it, consumers), Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day can be somewhat of a blur. Christmas shopping; end-of-fourth-quarter meetings; first-quarter planning; company Christmas parties; holiday events at our kids’ schools; baking Christmas cookies; dealing with family members; holiday drinks with friends; etc. Whew! All of this activity…
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Game Changers: Eve Ackerley and Carolyn Horner, Co-Founders, Jenzy

This interview is featured in Total Retail’s fourth annual Game Changers report. (Total Retail is a sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) The Game Changers report highlights entrepreneurs and startup businesses that are disrupting the traditional retail industry, whether it be through digital innovation, unique product, enhancements to the supply chain, or in…
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Last Chance! Nominate a Top Woman in Retail

As a reminder to all of our readers and members, the deadline to nominate candidates for Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) list of the Top Women in Retail 2019 is this Friday (Nov. 30). This ninth annual cover story will be featured in a special print issue of WIRLC published in January, as well as being available on…
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