Recent Articles

Game Changers: Jeanne Foley and Diana Ganz, Co-Founders, The Groomsman Suit

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…
Read more...
 

Women in Retail Leadership Circle Wants Your Feedback!

Hello Inner Circle readers! As I noted last week, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is launching a research initiative next year. To help us deliver the types of reports and information that are relevant to you and your career, we need your help! Our goal is to produce research reports that are valuable to the…
Read more...
 

On the Road NYC in One Week!

Ladies, we're at the one week countdown to our first annual Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event in New York City, and I couldn't be more excited! Aside from our fabulous keynote speakers, panels, pop-up shops and, of course, swag bags, we can't wait to meet and network with all of you!…
Read more...
 

Women in Retail Leadership Circle and the Girls' Lounge Are Coming to Groceryshop!

Are you heading to Groceryshop later this month in Las Vegas? If so, I wanted to let you know that the Women in Retail Leadership Circle is partnering with The Female Quotient to produce a Girls' Lounge at Groceryshop on Mon., Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in room Bluethorn 1 at the Aria. The Girls'…
Read more...
 

Just Do It: A Journey of a Sabbatical

What follows is a personal account of Jinny Uppal's sabbatical journey. While Jinny, vice president of strategic portfolio management at Bed Bath & Beyond, had thought about taking a sabbatical for many years, she finally took the leap and did it in 2016. In the following article, Jinny takes us through her journey: from how…
Read more...
 

Introducing Jane Elfers and Diane Dietz!

We've been talking a lot about the Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road events taking place in New York City on Oct. 24, and in San Francisco on Nov. 7, but we haven't really told you all about our fabulous keynote speakers: Jane Elfers, president and CEO of The Children's Place (New York City), and…
Read more...
 

A New Member Perk to Help You Manage Your Marketing Tech Stack!

Hey Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members, we're super excited about a new partnership we just formed, and I want to tell you all about it! WIRLC is partnering with CabinetM, a Boston-based technology company that has developed a platform that helps companies manage the marketing technology they have as well as find the…
Read more...
 

Interested in How Blockchain Can Impact Your Retail Business?

If you're like me, you've been hearing a lot about blockchain for months now, however, you're still a bit fuzzy about how the technology works. And perhaps even more important, what the retail applications are for the technology. Well, don't fret; help is on the way. Julie Lyle, a dear friend of Women in Retail Leadership…
Read more...
 

DSW, Title Nine Execs Share Their Top Leadership Tips

At last month's Total Retail Tech event in Dallas, Women in Retail Leadership Circle had the opportunity to talk with Chrissy Ginieczki, vice president of marketing and e-commerce at Title Nine, and Julie Roy, vice president of CRM, digital and analytics at DSW. (Total Retail is a sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this…
Read more...
 

Way to Go, California!

Some great news out of the Golden State this week: On Sunday, California became the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors. Senate Bill 826 , which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, requires at least one female director on the board of each California-based public corporation by…
Read more...
 

Join Us On the Road This October

One of my favorite quotes is by L.M. Montgomery in "Anne of Green Gables," in which she writes, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." You and me both, L.M. Not only does it bring the arrival of fall(ish) weather and sweater season, but it also kicks off Women in…
Read more...
 

Have You Registered Yet …

… for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's regional, day-long events taking place in New York City and San Francisco this fall called Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road? I know we've mentioned these two events before, but we're so excited we just can't stop talking about them. The first event is taking place…
Read more...
 

Chico’s FAS Seeks Next SVP, Global Sourcing and Supply Chain

It’s our 35th anniversary, and Chico’s FAS keeps getting better with age! Do you want to be part of an organization committed to providing the most amazing service not only to our customers but to each other as well? Do you desire to work where values and guiding principles are more than just a sign…
Read more...
 

WIRLC Honorees in the News

Howdy, ya'll! I'm writing this letter from the inaugural Total Retail Tech event in Dallas, and couldn't be more excited! The first full day of the event kicks off today, and things are already heating up (literally … it's about 100 degrees here!). Before I arrived in the Lone Star state, last week I had…
Read more...
 

WIRLC Partners With Innovation Women!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I have some exciting news to share! Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) today is announcing a partnership with Innovation Women, a digital speakers bureau designed to connect women with a wide variety of visibility opportunities. Innovation Women was founded in 2015 to provide gender balance onstage at conferences and events.…
Read more...
 

Mark Your Calendars: WIRLC Events Are Coming

Now that Labor Day is behind us, it's time to start marking your calendars with all of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) events we're planning for the fall! For starters, get ready for WIRLC's On the Road regional, day-long events taking place in New York City and San Francisco. First up is the New…
Read more...
 

The Cost of Instant Gratification

Is anyone a fan of Gene Wilder’s "Willy Wonka & and the Chocolate Factory"? Who could forget golden ticket winner Veruca Salt’s screeching words, "I want it, and I want it NOW!" as she visibly demonstrates her need for instant gratification, without consideration of the impending result of her demands? We now live in a…
Read more...
 

Report: Women CEOs Work Harder and Longer to Get to the Top

Women CEOs in all industries — including retail — worked harder and longer than their male counterparts to get to the top, according to a study of current and recent women CEOs conducted by Korn Ferry. The study found women CEOs were four years older, on average, than their male counterparts, and worked in a…
Read more...
 

Tailgates, PSLs, OTRs … Oh My!

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." — F. Scott Fitzgerald In just one short fleeting week, students will be back in school (if they aren't already!) and we'll be gearing up for some upcoming exciting Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) events! As consumers begin to seek out pumpkin…
Read more...
 

The Changing Definition of Convenience

From Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s in 1955 to Pop-Tarts to microwaves, consumers have long placed a high value on convenience. And why shouldn’t we? Time is the greatest equalizer, no matter your position in the work world or your wealth. It's our most precious commodity. We all have the same amount of it, as well…
Read more...
 

New Speakers! Member News!

Lots of news to share this week! Let's get started … New Speakers! We've been spending a lot time in the Inner Circle telling you all about the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) On the Road regional, day-long events taking place in New York City and San Francisco this fall. You probably know by now that…
Read more...
 

Everything's Better at the Girls’ Lounge

Ladies, we're On the Road (like, literally right now lol!). Our team is closing out summer with some quality family vacations and girls time, while also gearing up for some exciting events over the next few months. We've told you about our fabulous On the Road events happening in New York City and San Francisco…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...
 

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…
Read more...