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Talbots Seeks the Perfect Vice President of Merchandising

Hello Inner Circle readers! I recently heard about a great job opportunity, so I thought I would share it with you here! Talbots, a leading specialty retailer of  women's clothing, shoes and accessories, is in search of a vice president of merchandising. Could that be you? Specifically, Talbots is looking for an established executive and…
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Deadline Approaching! Nominate a Top Woman in Retail!

Just a reminder for all of our wonderful Inner Circle readers that the deadline to nominate an exceptional woman in retail for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) list of the Top Women in Retail 2019 is Fri., Nov. 30. This ninth annual list will be featured in a special print issue published in January, and will also…
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Lots to Be Thankful For

Good morning, ladies! As we’re about to enjoy Thanksgiving, a holiday full of great food, family and friends, it makes me think about everything we have to be thankful for. I'd like to take a moment to thank all of the fantastic and inspiring people who help make the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC)…
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Managing Through Record 2019 USPS Rate Increases

Recently, the USPS proposed a record price increase. The proposed hike must first be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. If approved, which is expected, the higher rates will go into effect on Jan. 27, 2019. This will be the biggest rate increase in USPS history. Here are some of the significant proposed 2019 USPS Shipping rate changes:
 

The Inner Circle Q&A: Marguerite Adzick, Founder and CEO, Addison Bay

Meet Marguerite Adzick, founder and CEO of Addison Bay, a Philadelphia-based online retailer and premier multibrand destination for fashionable activewear. The Addison Bay website, which launched in September, is the project of 30-year-old Adzick, whose career in the fashion industry was preceded by her time as a collegiate athlete. Wanting to bring both high-style and…
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Some of Our Favorite Moments From On the Road: San Francisco

What a whirlwind this fall has been! Last week, we were inspired by all of the wonderful speakers and attendees that joined us at Women in Retail Leadership Circle's On the Road: San Francisco event. All of our events leave us feeling inspired and connected to our community, but a few moments from this recent…
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Nominate a Top Woman in Retail!

As a member of the Inner Circle community, we encourage you to nominate an exceptional woman in retail for Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) list of the Top Women in Retail 2019! You can access last year's list here. In particular, WIRLC is seeking senior-level women in retail who meet the following criteria: are exceptional in…
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Game Changer: Amy Errett, Founder and CEO, Madison Reed

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 the 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…
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3 Innovative Companies That Are Disrupting Traditional Retail

In the video below, recorded at this year's Total Retail Tech event (Total Retail is the sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle), a panel of women retail executives discuss how their businesses are disrupting the traditional retail space through digital innovation and technology. Featured on the panel, which was moderated by WIRLC Co-Founder…
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On the Road Again

Good morning ladies! We’re wrapping up our On the Road series in San Francisco today, and as we reflect on the inaugural events, we want to thank you so much for your support! Our events, community and membership is stronger because of your support, and we can’t thank you enough. Speaking of WIRLC membership ……
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Renee Lopes Halvorsen, Senior Director, Marketing and E-Commerce, Marine Layer

For our Inner Circle Q&A this week, the folks at Custora, one of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road, San Francisco sponsors, interviewed an exec at one of its great customers, Renee Lopes Halvorsen, senior director of marketing and e-commerce for Marine Layer.  A San Francisco-based company, Marine Layer is known for…
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A Little WIRLC: On the Road Inspiration

Hello Inner Circle readers! Well, our first Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event was a huge success (if we must say so ourselves!). The event, which took place at the Stewart Hotel in New York City, featured fabulous keynote speakers, panel discussions, pop-up shops, unique networking opportunities and, of course, fantastic swag.…
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It's Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road Season!

Hello Inner Circle readers! As you read this, we're hard at work setting up for our first Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event in New York City. The event, taking place at the Stewart Hotel, will feature fabulous keynote speakers, panel discussions, pop-up shops, unique networking opportunities and, of course, swag bags. We…
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Check Out the Excellent Speaker Lineup for the Girls’ Lounge @Groceryshop!

For those of you heading to Groceryshop next week in Las Vegas, make sure to visit the Girls’ Lounge on Mon., Oct. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in room Bluethorn 1 at the Aria. As we did at Shoptalk earlier this year, Women in Retail Leadership Circle is partnering with The Female Quotient to produce the Girls’…
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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…
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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…
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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!…
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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'…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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